Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with third-degree assault stemming from a domestic violence incident that took place with his girlfriend on Oct. 28 at their home, according to the Denver district attorney's office.
Varlamov was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in a Denver court on Dec. 2
The NHL released a statement via ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
NHL statement re: Varlamov: ``"We are aware of the decision made by the Denver District Attorney's Office today to pursue ...'' con't— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 22, 2013
``...misdeamnor assault charges against Avalanche Player Semyon Varlamov. While we will continue to monitor the situation, we ...'' con't— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 22, 2013
``.... do not expect to take any action or have any further comment pending the resolution of those charges." end statemet— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 22, 2013
The 25–year-old netminder is accused of, “kicking, stomping on, dragging and threatening his long-time girlfriend,” according to Blair Shiff of ABC News.
The Colorado goalie has been traveling with the Avalanche and starting for the team as recently as Thursday night, when he stopped 41 of 44 shots he faced against the Phoenix Coyotes. He has played in eight games since the alleged incident and has won four of those matchups.
Despite the off-the-ice distractions, Varlamov has put together a solid season. He has amassed a 11-5 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a save percentage of .931 in 16 games with the team this season.
Varlamov has remained adamant that he is focused on his job, telling Adrian Dater of the Denver Post about how he deals his the allegations against him:
Believe me, I don't think about the situation anymore. 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.
This is Varlamov’s third season in Colorado. The six-year pro is a restricted free agent after this season, and his future with the franchise is unclear. While he has been a solid addition in net, the issues he faces in this case will force the franchise to consider re-signing the talented goaltender.
We’ll have more updates on this situation as it develops.