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Varlamov expected to enter plea on Jan. 22

Dec 2, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in court today for a hearing related to the third-degree assault charge he’s facing for allegedly attacking his girlfriend on Oct. 30.

Per the Denver Post, today’s court session was only an “advisement hearing,” so no plea was entered. He’ll have the opportunity to do that on Jan. 22 when he’s in court again. (The Avs host Toronto Jan. 21 and are in Florida Jan. 24.)

For now, Varlamov remains free on bond and can travel with the team. So far the 25-year-old hasn’t allowed his legal situation to become a distraction, registering a .924 save percentage in November.

The maximum sentence for third-degree assault (a Class One Misdemeanor) is two years in county jail. According to Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker, Varlamov could also face deportation if convicted.

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

Click here to read the arrest warrant.

  1. ash0war - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I know what he did was wrong but I really hope he don’t go to jail. Give him a fine if anything. PS: I’m not a avalanche fan.

    • avfanforlife - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      You know? Try “I’m guessing, with no actual info or testimony, he was wrong….”

      Let’s leave the judging to the judge, people – That’s why we have courtrooms and laws.

    • skr213 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      If you think he actually did it, I cannot fathom why you think he shouldn’t get real punishment. What’s your criminal philosophy: (1) athletes I like shouldn’t be punished, or (2) women should take a good beating once in a while? I mean, it’s one thing to say “I don’t know what happened, so I’m not sure what punishment fits” but it’s something completely different to say you actually think he did it, but shouldn’t be punished. Get your head checked.

  2. ash0war - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Omg I don’t know if he actually did it. I can’t see him doing something like that. If they have proof he done it then fine but I don’t think they do.

  3. ash0war - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Poor Choice of words, sorry my bad.

  4. northstarnic - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Scumbag.

  5. muckleflugga - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    baby, do you understand me now
    sometimes I feel a little mad

    but don’t you know that no one alive
    can always be an angel

    when things go wrong I seem to be bad
    but I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

    oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood…

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