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Kovalchuk: Varlamov accuser wants green card

Dec 11, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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Here’s what ex-Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk told R-Sport about the relationship between Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov and his girlfriend, who’s accusations of domestic violence led to third-degree assault charges last month:

“I hope to God it all pans out well and maybe he can somehow reach an agreement with his princess and finally she’d be given a green card, which she really wants,” Kovalchuk said.

The Colorado Avalanche netminder, 25, is widely expected to feature on the Russian roster for February’s Olympics in Sochi alongside Kovalchuk, who left the New Jersey Devils in the summer to return to Russia with SKA St. Petersburg.

Russia’s hockey stars “are all supporting” Varlamov, Kovalchuk said.

Varlamov, widely projected to be Russia’s No. 1 netminder in Sochi, will have the opportunity to enter a plea when he reappears in court on Jan. 22 — roughly two weeks before the Olympics begin.

For now, Varlamov remains free on bond and can travel with the Avalanche. 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 couldn’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Click here to read the arrest warrant.

  1. nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    so he still likes being kovalscumbag. he should stick to legal matters in his corrupt country.

    • rrsm53 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      do you have proof or information contrary to what he is stating as his feelings about the situation?

    • kenyon150 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Really because according to This country you are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Seems like Kovy is acting more american than anything.

  2. esracerx46 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Funny only the Russian players and Avs players have said anything about Varlamov. I’m sure Kovy and Tyutin got both sides of the story before they slandered the girl.

    • hazlydose - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Probably because only his NHL and Olympic teammates have any input? Why would Toews, Crosby, Lundqvist or anyone else weigh in?

  3. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Whatever the issue is, green card, or no green card, nobody has denied that he beat her up, which there is no excuse for. If she’s a bad girl, dump her.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    what slander…?

    why wouldn’t varlamov’s countrymen support him; they likely have a deeper understanding of issues at play and they, like us, have seen nothing proven in a court of law

    as to commentary regarding corruption in varlamov’s homeland, examine the us and canada; we swim in corruption daily, from government through business; we call it democracy…

    hell, canada and the united states of america have been engaged in mutual spying of enemies, friends and beneficial trading partners pretty much forever…peeping through keyholes, stealing ideas and intellectual property from our friends

    everyone wanted the eastern bloc and the soviet union to shove communism in favour of democracy and embrace free enterprise; in emulating our system of government and economics, they’ve become just like us…


    • nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      its not a matter of support its just clear ignorance. This quitter is on the other side of the world and hes making accusations about the victim of whom he doesn’t even know. Its funny that he has all this “loyalty” towards a teammate…

    • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Get off the soap box. Its not about economics, spying, or democracy. It’s about a trained male athlete, beating up a small female. So far, I haven’t heard a word about her “falling down the stairs” from anyone. Has she cheated? Has she started fighting with him? Dump her.

      If she attacked him with a knife, then he should defend himself. But if that were the case, we would have heard it by now.

      • avscup - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Pretty easy for you to sit behind your keyboard and judge. Yet you don’t know any facts. So far we have a judge who made bail $5000, let him travel with the team and the kidnapping charge was dropped. There is so little evidence the prosecuting attorney took weeks to formally file charges. When Sports Illustrated wanted an interview the her attorney asked how much they were paying. Those are the facts.

        As for rumors, perhaps she did spend too much time with Downie.

      • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        You don’t get your visa held with a $1,000,000 bail for a simple assault charge. The judge doesn’t want to get in trouble. The kid has a super high paying job which would be reason enough for a judge to determine that he is not a flight risk at this time.

        The kidnapping charge was a joke that the police charged him with, because she was held against her will. So the arresting officers embarrassed themselves. That’s why the prosecutor dropped that charge.

        As for the SI interview. Who knows who wanted the money. Her attorney is likely taking this case at no charge for the publicity. So if he asked for some money, that’s pretty much normal in these cases.

  5. Jefe - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Those in the know in Avs-land are aware that Downie was traded after word got out that he and Varly’s princess had spent some time together, if you know what I mean – and Varly’s rage and reaction was triggered by finding out about their exploits.

    • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I heard the same thing.

      • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        however, his rage could’ve been much more justified and brave if he were to beat up Downie, who he would see every day at practice, and had a long talk with her as she packed her belongings and moved out.

        But he took the cowards way out. He beat up the girl, and cried to team management.

    • shamu1the1whale - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Wow is that for real? I thought Downie was traded b/c he decked the captain Landy in practice or something, and that the two of them didn’t get along.

  6. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I hate seeing Kovalchuk in a different uniform. At least its not in the NHL. But he was one amazing athlete to watch.

  7. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    What’s with the KHL and those bumper stickers on their helmets? Let them brand the helmets. Something about those cheezy bumper stickers just cheapens the whole idea of advertisement.

    • nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      those are for the iihf tournament

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM


    what soapbox…i responded to claims of slander and corruption

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM


    you sound like every sanctimonious prude presuming fault against varlamov without a shred of proven fact; this so you can claim and argue from a moral high ground

    then, anyone not climbing on board is ether a misogynist or a wife beater

    you want a moral high ground, earn it

    • nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      yet you try to make the U.S come off as corrupt as russia. You should do some research on how the KHL functions as a league. Not to mention russia’s national policies on civil rights, speech rights, and media censorship… you clearly dont get how much better you have it as an american citizen then you would as a russian.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Not agreeing with their policies doesn’t make them corrupt. I’m not saying they aren’t but present some better examples because we all know money comes before the people in our government aka most of them are corrupt. I agree with muckflugga though… What proof has there been that he beat her? I don’t want her word against his, I want pictures, concrete facts that prove she was abused in some fashion. Until then its hard to take a side and its wrong to trash people that have a different opinion on what could or could not have happened. I don’t remember where I heard it, but the first thing I heard after this story broke was that many believed she was only taking advantage of U.S. domestic violence laws for her own gain… You know, like a green card. Its impossible for any of us to really know the truth. Even after a verdict, we probably still won’t know what really happened, but I want to believe varly is innocent, because it would be a real shame for his gf, the avs, hockey in general and even varly himself if he’s not

    • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      We all have plenty of evidence. Its called POLICE REPORT, TESTIMONY and MEDICAL EVIDENCE. It’s the same evidence and testimony that will be used in a court of law to determine if he is guilty.

      So don’t say there’s no evidence. We haven’t heard anything from his attorneys, except that he will make a plea. To date, Varlomov, nor any of his friends have denied that he beat her up.

      • bruinspaw - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        One persons testimony is not a full story its a half a story and could well be a lie. Who is to say that he hasnt got evidence to the contrary. Also his father, attorney, his friends and even her friends have given interviews to say he is innocent and not talking about it to the media is what any attorney would advise their client to do. If he is guilty he will be punished and rightly so but until then it’s a bit unfair to prematurely get out your pitchfork and start a mob. Just saying….

      • bruinspaw - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        damn tablet freezing they really need an edit button..
        just saying reserve judgement until all evidence is laid on the table.

  10. jpelle82 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    there must be a russian-hockey-player-in-north-america subculture that we need to know more about since these guys know each other’s personal business so well. i hope they aren’t just blindly supporting an alleged woman beater (soon to be convicted via plea bargain) just because he plays hockey and is from the same country

    • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Its like a small high school spread out over the world. Everyone knows everyone’s business. Even if you never spoke to that person who the rumors are about, you know someone, who knows someone, who knew them. It’s not exactly blind support, but its pretty much baseless excuses.

  11. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM


    you could be right, varlamov may be guilty, but he may also be innocent

    one way or another, in the present he continues to pay taxes…big money federal and state authorities prefer seeing flow, like a river

    palms will be greased, aging bourbon will be sipped then swilled, would-be victims will be made whole with money and green cards…

    and varlamov will help bring to colorado, deep playoff runs that will further fatten federal, state and hockey related coffers

    all will be good

    • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      I think you’re being a little dramatic. He’s a new young goalie in the NHL, not Al Cappone.

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