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Varlamov says his personal life ‘shouldn’t interfere’ with hockey

Nov 5, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov shook off his legal issues in a Russian-language interview with NHL.com, which the Denver Post translated on Tuesday. The most interesting bit came when he discussed the support he’s received from teammates:

“Of course, it helps me,” Varlamov said. “But again, believe me: your personal life stays your personal life, and sport is sport. And personal life shouldn’t interfere with sport. That’s why all my focus is currently on hockey, on the game, on communicating with the team.”

The 25-year-old netminder has played in one game since those issues cropped up on Oct. 30, helping the Avs win against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 1.

His situation has caused a stir even outside of his own dressing room, as Fedor Tyutin made comments he later regretted in defense of his friend. Whether Varlamov likes it or not, he’ll probably have to answer questions about his legal issues for at least the near future.

If you happen to speak Russian, you might find the original interview intriguing:

  1. charlieconway96 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Sure, unless of course, the court determines otherwise.

    • dirt2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Work release may be?

    • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      yes priorities. hockey definitely most important thing in life. colorado is mishandling every aspect of this and I’m surprised from a guy like joe sakic.

      • avscup - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        How so? The Judge, who has all the relevant facts of the case laid out before him (you have nothing but your misguided opinions) granted him $5000 bail and the right to travel with the team? Don’t you think perhaps this speaks volumes about what case the DA has? Perhaps the fact that a week later, there still have been no charges filed?

        Perhaps, and this is only speculation, but perhaps the this girl is fishing for a settlement so she can go away and live on easy street. Not like that has never happened. The pictures of her show no evidence of any facial contusions! NONE! if he truly beat her, there should be some compelling medical evidence that would cause a competent DA to file charges.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Rob Ford says his personal life ‘shouldn’t interfere’ with being mayor of Toronto. Lack of accountability.

  2. pone27 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Yeah, because Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant had the same thoughts, that panned out well for a while for them too.

  3. devilsarethebest - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Interesting interview. I know Russian so I understood it. I personally found it more interesting hearing him speak about his relationship with Roy than the part spoken about in the article but I apologize for you non- Russian speakers.

  4. 950003cups - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Of corse, if he saved a kitten from a tree, or helped an old lady cross the street, he’d want all the attention on and off the ice.

    C’mon Varlomov! You have to get up pretty early con this crowd.

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