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Varlamov formally charged with assault

Nov 22, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 1: Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a timeout against the Dallas Stars on November 1, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Getty Images

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with third-degree assault by the Denver District Attorney.

Varlamov is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 2, according to a DA press release. The 25-year-old is currently out of custody on a $5,000 bond.

The charge alleges that Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend at their home on Oct. 30.

The maximum sentence for third-degree assault (a Class One Misdemeanor) is apparently two years in county jail.

Varlamov was originally arrested for second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. The more serious kidnapping charge (a Class 4 Felony), however, was dropped as the DA didn’t feel it couldn’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Click here to read the arrest warrant.

Update (4:18 p.m. ET)

Per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL has released a statement on the situation: “We are aware of the decision made by the Denver District Attorney’s Office today to pursue misdemeanor assault charges against Avalanche player Semyon Varlamov. While we will continue to monitor the situation, we do not expect to take any action or have any further comment pending the resolution of those charges.”


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  1. avfanforlife - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I’m guessing he’ll plea it out and do some community service and pay some $. Don’t know if we’ll ever know what really happened that day. Just the fact that he (as an athlete/important part of the team and role model to young potential fans) was drinking fairly heavily that day makes me question his values/judgment/reliability/honesty/Integrity/etc.

    • c9castine - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      i agree. those things matter in the real world. a lot of people get drunk and allegedly beat their wife and lose their jobs and rightfully so. because thats not how responsible people act, thats not how responsible employees act, thats not what is acceptable for men or women to do.

      it comes down to reliability and integrity. can you trust somebody that you’ve invested (in this case) a lot of time and money into to make the right decisions for himself and his team? if i am colorado management, the answer in my head would be a solid no right now.

  2. charlieconway96 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Great choice on the photo.

  3. kingcobraman - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    yah that photo is evil looking …if that was my daughter he assaulted I would get out the shotgun if he came over to the house…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Sorry king, but a true hockey fan would only need a stick, one of the good, solid, old-fashioned wooden ones, none of this flimsy modern graphite or whatever crap. To be used in a nonviolent way of course.

      • kingcobraman - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        true … but I would get 5 plus a game or more…. shotgun would be self defence if this beast came in the house looking to do more harm to my daughter….

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        King, see, that’s the trouble with you kids today. Did I say anything about doing anything while the ref was looking? No. As he’s skating away, a quick, meaningful “up” between his legs, and Bob’s yer uncle.

    • flash8910 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Maybe they pulled an OJ. A little shading here, a little shading here to make him look scarier.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Shouldn’t you be angry at yourself for raising someone with such poor judgment of character in others?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        One thing to consider is the increased incidence of heavy drinking and alcoholism in Russia, the legacy of decades of living under a system where there was little hope for anyone not a party member with good connections or someone they gov’t could exploit – athlete, ballet.

        Those who abuse were frequently themselves also abused growing up, or witnessed others in the family being abused. Could well he his father was abusive when drunk.

      • dirt2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        While I do not condone the hitting of a woman let’s get away from the drunk Russian.Rather a 25 year old with a lot of money,still bullet proof, and ready to party.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        @dirt – or perhaps a combination of it all?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        FYI, alcohol consumption consumption/adult is 67% higher in Russia, alcohol deaths are 69% higher.

  4. hennessey1200hp - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    How about we put him in nets without pads(helmet only) let them take slapshots while his girlfriends (hopefully ex) watches!

  5. 950003cups - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I heard she was sleeping with Downie. Downie had an incident with Landeskog in training camp which irritated management. But when word came out that he was sleeping with their star goalie, Varlomov’s girlfriend, he was traded for a bad of pucks in less than 48 hours.

    • thailer35 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM


      • 950003cups - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Fedor Tyutin:

        “I personally know Semyon very well. He is quite a true, considerate guy,”

        “That’s why the only mistake of Semyon is that he got together with this girl.”

        Then some guys in juniors made the connection.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Is mattering completely nyet who is sleeping who. Is one rule, nyet hitting girl who is nyet having knifes, guns. Period. Nyet hitting girl. Using words, yes? Walking away, yes? If knifes, guns, making safe, running away, yes? Calling 911, yes? Nyet hitting. Is better friends making fun of you instead visiting jail, yes?

  6. jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Hopefully none of the inmates have seen him play. That flexibility is going to make him a wanted man… 😉

  7. muckleflugga - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM


    don’t do that

    i just inhaled the better part of a four dollar latte…hell my new white wrangler friday go to pub hunt cougar shirt still had the wrinkles from the package, now look at it

    great shot, i love it

    • jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      It’s what I’m here for… oh, and Blackhawks suck! 😉

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        If you’re trying to bait us, I’ll pass, for the most part. The top 5 teams in the NHL in terms of % of possible points are:

        .78 Blues
        .76 Aves
        .75 Sharks
        .74 Hawks
        .73 Yotes

        Since they are all within a game of each other, I guess you’re implying they all suck.

        At least the Hawks aren’t elitist – they don’t do lame stunts to keep other teams fans out of their building;)

      • jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Hook, line, and sinker…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        What I could not pass up was the opportunity to turn it around in a witty way.

  8. northstarnic - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Hope this dirtbag gets his due. Between the former goalie standing on the bench and the current goalie standing between the posts, this avs team is easy to hate.

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