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Avs’ Varlamov jailed on domestic violence allegations

Oct 30, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been arrested on accusations of domestic violence.

The Denver Post and the Denver Police Department report Varlamov, 25, already turned himself in to authorities this evening and is currently in Denver County jail on allegations of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

The Denver Police Department also announced a press conference will happen later tonight. PHT will provide more details as they become available.

Update at 11:47 p.m. ET: The Denver Police Department tweeted Varlamov’s mug shot late on Wednesday:


Update: the Avalanche released a statement regarding the matter (via the Denver Post):

“The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”

Colorado’s next game is on Friday in Dallas against the Stars.

Update 9:36 p.m. ET

According to the Post, Varlamov allegedly committed these crimes on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Update 10:04 p.m. ET

Courtesy Mile High Sports, here’s some information from Denver Police Department spokesperson Steve Warneke:

“This evening, about 6 p.m., Semyon Varlamov, 4-27-of-88, turned himself in to the Denver Police Department in response to an arrest warrant that was issued for his arrest concerning a domestic violence incident which occurred on the 29th of October.

“The arrest warrant was issued for second degree kidnapping, which is a class four felony, and third degree assault, which is a class one misdemeanor.”

According to the Warneke, the incident occurred in the 1700 block of Bassett St. There are no details regarding the condition of the victim nor the victim’s relationship with Varlamov.

Update: 10:18 p.m. ET

One bit of information is that Varlamov is unable to bail out because he must see a judge before leaving, Parker reports. He refused an interview with the Denver Post reporter and is alone in a cell because of his fame.

Update: 11 p.m. ET

Parker notes that a class 4 felony charge (related to kidnapping) can carry a sentence of two-to-six years.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM


    • ravenscaps48 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Was there mayonnaise on his sandwich? I bet there was

      • 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        Denver is a weird city. I agree with Varlomov. If I met a chick, took her home, and when she drops her pants I see her shlong is bigger than mine… Hell yeah I beat that bastard to a pulp! Go Varlomov!!!!!!

  2. dilligaf101 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Apparently he has the best backhand in the NHL!

    • dcfan4life - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Cmon man, the joke is obviously he has the best slapper…even for a goalie.

  3. tarotsujimoto74 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    soooooo Miller?

    • trbowman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      The resurgences of JS Gigeure!

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Well this was an unexpected article.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      was it?!

  5. steelers88 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Sigh….I hate when athletes do this. People look up to these guys as role models and when they do things like this they set bad examples.

    • pxland - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Are athletes not innocent until proven guilty?

      I hate the example it sets too, but I don’t give a damn about the “court of public opinion”.

      • esracerx46 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Perhaps Varly threw a halloween party. Maybe he was being the responsible adult and took everyone’s keys. Maybe some people that were a bit inebriated got a little upset they couldn’t get home and were forced to stay against their will despite it being the responsible thing to do. When said individuals arent allowed to leave they get into a physical altercation with the responsible party and end up calling the cops. I mean all that COULD happen…Right?

      • trbowman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        There are innocent people in jail supposedly “proven guilty.”

        Lawyers suck.

      • esracerx46 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        And guilty people that walk free…

    • paperlions - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      If people look up to these guys as anything more than sports stars, those people are idiots.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      people or kids?

      If we are talking about adults…. dur….. ???

      • polegojim - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        I know kids will do that… but adults should help them with reality.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      Imagine the horror of finding out that athletes are actually real people

  6. hammerhead5573 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    2 words…Jerk Off

  7. govtminion - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I’d like to find out more about what happened before doing a lot of bashing the guy, but… ugh, that’s pretty stupid, dude. I guess we’ll be seeing more of J.S. Gigurere for a while, not that that’s a bad thing.

    I hope there’s been some kind of misunderstanding… ugh, stupid of him if he did this.

    • killerpgh - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      I agree. But the sad part about my life was that the first thing I did when I heard this news was want to my fantasy league to see if Gigurere was still availible. Saddly someone else read this story a few minutes earlier and grabbed him.

      • devilsarethebest - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Aha, that’s why I use Twitter to get the news, then come here to discuss in the comments section.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      Very important for us all to remember is that while it is clearly not a good situation, as of 11:45 pm ET, we know NOTHING about what he is ALLEGED to have done.

  8. vbcaps - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Not the hockey headline I was expecting to hear about tonight…

    Guilty or not, as a man, you don’t put your hands on a woman…ever

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Hmm. didn’t see the word “woman” anywhere in the article, but always people making assumptions. Just saying.

      • vbcaps - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Fair enough comment about my assumption it was a woman, however if you consider 85% of domestic violence victims are women, it isn’t un-warrented (source National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Just saying

        nothanksimdriving123: true statement

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      vb, forgot major component: WITHOUT HER CONSENT.

      • devilsarethebest - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Haha, very true. Most women would be quite disappointed in you NEVER used your hands on them.

    • kb4freedom - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      How do you know it was a woman?

    • coreyb11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      so what if she coming after you with a knife wanting too cut you in pieces…. you do nothing?

  9. stcrowe - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Wow, Patrick Roy really has become his mentor.

    • 19to77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      I’m surprised it took 15+ comments to get a Roy joke. Well-played.

    • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Yep! Roy has been teaching his pupil very well.

      • coreyb11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        what are you talkin about dude? this happened in 2000 and they are still married.the charges were dropped by his wife. she didn’t have any injuries whatsoever.She said she was afraid of him because he was punching holes in the the walls. Unless you can get charged for beating up walls,you don’t have a clue on what your talkin about. and until varlamov is charged with something why don’t people just calm down!

  10. henryjones20 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    fckn thug!!! lol just jkn had to say that word.

    • charlieconway96 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Your 2nd grade English teacher must be very disappointed in you.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        Wrong! I’m proud of this guy. After all, he started out deaf and dumb.

  11. hosewater2 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Why would he kidnap Ryan Parker?

  12. rgotoguy - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Remember He has not been convicted of anything yet.

  13. blkeskimo1785 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Welp, there goes the season…

  14. mrpinkca - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Somebody connected to hockey goes to jail and they aren’t an owner? This is really rare.

  15. ducksk - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Rut row. Trade to lions? Eagles? Cowboys?

  16. stakex - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, when I saw the word “jailed” I thought I stumbled into ProFootballTalk for a second…

    Either way, can’t really comment on the situation until we know what happened. Can’t be good for Colorado though no matter what happens.

  17. charlieconway96 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    What if, just what if… This somehow involved Patrick Roy?

  18. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Either way this is a black eye for hockey because when’s the last time you saw an active hockey player arrested? I honestly can’t remember

    • jernster21 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      The Florida (I believe) prospect that walked into another house drunk who was lucky he didn’t get his ass killed.

    • kb4freedom - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      This no way reflects on the NHL at this point. Once we find out what happened and what the final outcome is, then the NHL and the Avs can decide how they will respond and if any action is warranted. Until then, this has no bearing on the NHL or the Avs. At the moment it is a news story about a guy who is innocent until proven guilty of something. It’s not like people are going to stop watching hockey because of this. Besides, the people involved probably see dollar signs and this will be settled out of court and all charges dropped or significantly reduced to minor offenses.

      • footballfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        I get your point, but saying that it doesn’t reflect is incorrect. I live in Indianapolis where the NHL is basically unheard of, and at my current employer I am one of two hockey fans out of almost 200 people. As soon as I walked in this morning people we asking me if I had heard about the goalie that got arrested. Will it stop anyone from watching? Nope.. Will it give hockey a black eye? Already has….

  19. ducksk - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    He is charged and in jail, not convicted, true. But one rarely finds himself there without PROBABLE CAUSE. Heard of that? Who know’s what happened yet? It will come out and legal system will grind……arrested on probable cause, in jail, true. Fact.

    • kb4freedom - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      I have a question for you. If you got into an altercation with a wealthy athlete and had a case against that athlete, would you “grind” it out in court or settle for a nice chunk of cash and drop the charges?

      “Show me the money!”

  20. trbowman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    “The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation”

    Seriously every PR team has pretty much this exact quote on standby every single time a player is arrested.

    • jernster21 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      They borrowed it from the Broncos – it was still warm from the Von Miller situations.

  21. ducksk - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Dude looks like a vampire.

  22. ducksk - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    And there are a lot guilty folks walking the streets. If the glove doesn’t fit you must aquit. Let’s see where this goes.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      O.J. is paying the price as we speak.

  23. tru2joelu4eva - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    THEY’RE 10-1!!!!!!! F*CK!!!!!

  24. sjsharks66 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    The police department tweeted his mugshot? Really?

  25. nicknyhc - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    “Second degree kidnapping”. Did Varlamov snatch someone’s child and transport them across state lines?

    I doubt it. I won’t consider him a “kidnapper” then.

    Looks like our feminist run legal system is just being ridiculous again…..go figure!

  26. jernster21 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Who knows what happened…..charges are likely to be dropped I’d have to think. Varly will see a judge tomorrow, bail will be set, he’ll pay the bail and maybe miss the game against Dallas on Friday and continue to play after that till whatever happens. Disappointing news regardless – not something we’re used to seeing in the NHL whereas it’s the norm in other sports. Given that he was arrested by Denver PD, they’re sure to let it slide given that they have more experience beating innocent people than Varlamov could ever dream of.

  27. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Probably smoked some bunk weed…

  28. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    “Did Varlomov snatch someone’s child”

    Does he have a kid of his own? Is he divorced by any chance? A friend of mine got jailed for “kidnapping” his own son. He picked him up from his (biatch) ex-wife’s in IL, and by the time he got to his house in MO, he was charged with kidnapping. Spent 3 days in jail because he got arrested on a Friday, but couldn’t have his hearing until Monday. BTW there ARE times to put hands on a woman… You’re not married if you think otherwise LOL

  29. drewzducks - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    He’s being released to the custody of Von Miller.

  30. allday420ap - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    We all saw this coming

  31. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Says “allday420″… Maaaan, you trippin!

  32. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Was it necessary for them to “tweet” his mug shot and hold a press confrence to discuss what he did. It’s funny how my mug shot doesn’t get tweeted to the world or a press confrence to go over what I did wrong. It’s ridiculous how much they go outta there way for there five minutes of fame all because he plays for the Avs. He should be treated no different then the rest of us. I’m willing to bet this is pretty blown outta perportion. I don’t see him kidnapping someone.

  33. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Also, who follows a PD’s twitter? I would only do that if they sent out DUI checkpoint tweets lol

  34. holographicribs - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    He must have learned it from Patrick Roy.

  35. leninthebuff - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Russian mafia must be involved

  36. multiplemiggs - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    relaxxxx everyone. Its just his initiation. Roy had to go through the same thing. It means hes officially the number 1!

  37. theageofquarrel - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    He should have just puffed a j and everything would have been smooth.

  38. Plumber 65 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    As a big fan of a hockey, it’s players. Can u say nba. NHL doesn’t need a black eye. It disappoints all of us. I hope this comes out clean. we shall see.

  39. thehighcountrybear - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM


    well it was likely prudent to put him in his own cell for bit of protective custody, guilty or not

    wouldn’t want some cat in the tank named bubba goin’ five hole on him, or worse still, top shelf

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Disgusting, but funny.

  40. jhuck92 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    He dressed as a tacky 80’s movie villain for Halloween

  41. jpdoc26 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Goes to jail for kidnapping – still has as many goals as Giroux.

  42. doobiepatterson - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I think I was like most fans, clicking on the headline that read “NHL Goalie Arrested for Kidnapping” and praying it wasn’t my team’s goaltender. Unless you’re a Edmonton Oilers fan, who just can’t wait to have an excuse to get rid of its horrendous goaltending

  43. insley29 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Kick save and a beauty!!

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