Updates on Semyon Varlamov Facing Assault Charges
Updates from Monday, Dec. 2:
Kieran Nicholson of The Denver Post had the latest on the legal proceedings against Semyon Varlamov:
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in court Monday for an advisement hearing related to a misdemeanor assault charge after his girlfriend said he attacked her.
In a brief hearing, the judge continued the bond for Varlamov, 25. His girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24, has a restraining order against him. Varlamov assured the judge that he has read and understands the order.
Varlamov's next court hearing is Jan. 22, 2014, where he will have the opportunity to enter a plea.
Adrian Dater of The Denver Post had more about when the case might be resolved:
Semyon Varlamov case continued to Jan. 22. I'm hearing this likely will be resolved in summer.— adater (@adater) December 2, 2013
Updates from Friday, Nov. 22:
According to the Denver Police Department, Varlamov has been charged with third degree assault.
Ryan Parker of The Denver Post has more details:
Denver District Attorney: Couldn't prove kidnapping charge beyond a reasonable doubt, so it wasn't filed - spokeswoman. #Avalanche— Ryan Parker (@ryanparkerdp) November 22, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 21:
Adrian Dater of The Denver Post brings us Varlamov's most recent thoughts on the pending charges:
While the Denver District Attorney weighs whether to formally charge the Avalanche goalie after an arrest last month because of allegations of domestic abuse and kidnapping, Varlamov said he remains unworried.
"Believe me, I don't think about the situation anymore," Varlamov said Wednesday. "I have lots of things to do. I have a lot of friends in town, some good Russian friends too. My job is not easy, and I have to stay focused on my job."
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 12
Ryan Parker of the Denver Post provides the latest on Varlamov:
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has retained a new attorney and requested his next court appearance be pushed to Dec. 2.
The Denver District Attorney's Office has yet to get the case from police, so Varalmov has not been officially charged with a crime stemming from his Oct. 30 arrest for alleged kidnapping and assault.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post provides this insight from Varlamov:
Varlamov was asked after practice Tuesday if he was confident his name will be cleared eventually.
"Yeah, for sure," Varlamov said. "Life is life. I'm just happy I have the support of my teammates and this organization."
From Yahoo! Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov:
#CBJ Fedor Tyutin's strong worded support for #Avs Varlamov: "I personally know Semyon very well. He is quite a true, considerate guy. As soon as I heard it all, I realized that it is all blown [out of proportion]. It's just American laws are on the women's side, that's why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men. That's why the only mistake of Semyon is that he got together with this girl." (R-Sport)
Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun provided insight from Varlamov after Friday's game:
“I got such good teammates, so I don’t think about what’s happening,” Varlamov said, courtesy of the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. “I said before, no comments on that. I feel very comfortable today.”
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy added that the team wanted to rally around Varlamov. Prior to the game, he made it clear that Varlamov was still their guy.
NHL.com supplies this quote from Patrick Roy, who speaks about Varlamov's return:
"I just feel it's the right decision. Why wait? [Varlamov] looks good this morning. We're all aware what happened and we just feel that he's our guy. We have a lot of confidence in him as a goalie. We feel that it's good for him to play [Friday]."
The report also transcribes this quote from Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog:
"He's a teammate, and just like any teammate we support all our teammates," he said. "It doesn't matter what they go through."
UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 1
From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on whether the league will get involved on the Varlamov front: "At this point, we are monitoring..'' con't— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 1, 2013
"... the developing legal situation and do not intend to intervene in that process. There may come a point in time where we feel...'' con't— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 1, 2013
"... it is either necessary or appropriate to take a different approach, but that's not where we are right now... '' con't— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 1, 2013
``... We are and will remain in close contact with the Club, and will see how the underlying facts unfold." end quote— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 1, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 1
From Adrian Dater of The Denver Post:
Semyon Varlamov starting tonight— adater (@adater) November 1, 2013
From ESPN's Sportcenter feed:
Russian politician says U.S. out to sabotage Russia's Olympic hopes after Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov arrested for assault. (via RSport)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 31, 2013
The Denver Post provides an interview with the accuser Evgeniya Vavrinyuk:
From Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:
Hearing that Varlamov will start Saturday against Habs, but no confirmation probably til tomorrow— adater (@adater) October 31, 2013
For people shocked that Varlamov might start Saturday: he is in Dallas with team, will be in uniform tomorrow, though won't start— adater (@adater) October 31, 2013
Kieran Nicholson and Sadie Gurman of the Denver Post provide this quote from Roy, who speaks about the Varlamov situation:
"You seem to have more details right now than I have to be honest with you. We're going to take it one day at a time, like we've been doing all year long. Obviously, we're probably going to receive calls this afternoon that we can make a decision on how we're going to deal with the situation."
"It's a law thing and it's important for me as a coach that I keep my focus on my team and we keep our focus there, and at the same time, let the law decide what's going to be."
NHL.com provides an update on Varlamov's case:
A Denver judge on Thursday set a bond of $5,000 for Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
The report also states that Varlamov is allowed to travel:
Because of the assault charge, Varlamov was required to spend the night in jail until he could stand before a judge Thursday morning.
Also at the hearing Thursday, Varlamov was granted permission to travel by the court, but a restraining order was imposed.
The Denver Post's Sadie Gurman provides quotes from Varlamov's girlfriend:
#Varlamov girlfriend Evgeniya Vavrinyuk says she is scared to go back to Russia because she and her mom have been getting threats.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
She can't believe that fans in Russia are supporting #Varlamov. But she feels like she's got protection in the US, per translator.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
#Varlamov's girlfriend pointed to arms, chest, stomach, neck, places she said he bruised her. "She's very fragile," translator says.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
Evgeniya Vavrinyuk says she hops #Varlamov is punished, as police in other countries have looked the other way, translator says.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
She and #Varlamov have known each other four years but have only dated one. She said she loved him and thought he would change.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
Said #Varlamov drank from 2 pm to 6 am before attack. "He has no concept of when to stop drinking. When he drinks he turns into an animal."— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
To be clear, #Varlamov's girlfriend was speaking through a translator, as she's from Russia and traveled here to be with him.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) October 31, 2013
Keiran Nicholson and Sadie Gurman of The Denver Post provide the terms of Varlamov's bail and travel:
He came to court Thursday morning in an orange jumpsuit.
The judge set his bond at $5,000. Varlamov was given permission to travel, and a restraining order was imposed.
His girlfriend, whose name is redacted from police reports, said Varlamov kicked her in the chest and knocked her down, then stomped on her while she was on the ground. He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of her bedroom and held her face to the floor, according to the affidavit and arrest warrant. He also grabbed her by her arms and shook her and pushed her down again, she told police.
"Her statement is that this is the most minor of the beatings she received. She's received five in all, and the last one was to unconsciousness," said Robert Abrams, an attorney who is representing Varlamov's girlfriend. He said the woman spent five hours in a hospital getting exams and X-rays.
His client has been dating Varlamov off and on for four years. She lives in Russia where she is from but travels to live with him. She had just begun a three-month stay in Denver, Abrams said. He said he would try to keep her here so she can testify against Varlamov but added, "I've got her in hiding."
From Ryan Parker of The Denver Post:
According to Russian website Rsport, Varlamov's father discussed the charges on Russian radio this morning:
"There will be a hearing, and only afterwards will we be able to give some kind of comment," Alexander Varlamov said. "I can only say one thing with complete responsibility: No crime has been committed whatsoever."
"The media have simply blown the situation out of proportion: There was no kidnapping, even less any kind of acts of violence. I can't say any more, because the lawyer won't be too happy," Alexander Varlamov said.
Meanwhile, the goalie's father insisted the episode would have no bearing on his son's prospects of playing at his home Olympics.
"Is there any point in worrying about it? No, none at all. If they [Russian coaches] call him up, all will be OK."
Ryan Parker of The Denver Post had additional details following the meeting, noting that Varlamov was arrested on a Class 4 felony count—meaning that the charge was related to kidnapping:
The class 4 felony kidnapping charge means someone was taken without their consent. That charge carries 2-6 years in prison #Varmalov— Ryan Parker (@ryanparkerdp) October 31, 2013
The Avalanche released a statement on the matter:
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.
The NHL's collective bargaining agreement protects players against teams taking proactive action in legal proceedings before a verdict or settlement is reached. Colorado has been off since Sunday and will not play again until Friday night against the Dallas Stars.
Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver noted that Varlamov is still currently expected to travel with the team to Denver. Head coach Patrick Roy made the announcement earlier Tuesday that Varlamov would take the regular turn of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Varlamov was/is scheduled to start Friday night against Dallas.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) October 31, 2013
Because he has to meet with a judge, Varlamov is not currently able to post bond. It's unclear whether the legal proceedings will prevent him from temporarily traveling with the team to Dallas.
In his third season with the Avalanche, the 25-year-old Russian is off to the best start of his career. He's won seven of his eight starts thus far, compiling an impressive 1.76 goals-against average. He also has a 94.5 save percentage, which is more than three percent better than his career mark.
Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2006 draft, Varlamov's ascent has been slower than both he and his two career organizations had hoped. He allowed more than three goals per game last season, as Colorado missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
The Avalanche are off to a 10-1 start and are among the leaders in the Western Conference with 20 points.
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