Semyon Varlamov Awarded $126K in Civil Case vs. Former Girlfriend

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) deflects a shot on goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Dallas. Colorado won 3-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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The jury in the civil trial of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov against his former girlfriend reportedly sided with him Tuesday and rewarded him with $126,000 in damages.    

Tom McGhee of the Denver Post reported the news and noted the lawyer of Evgeniya Vavrinyuk (Varlamov’s former girlfriend) said she “was the victim of a beating by a drunken, out-of-control Varlamov.”

The goalie’s lawyers offered a statement and said the claims were “groundless and completely unsupported,” per McGhee.

The incident in question allegedly happened following a Halloween party in 2013, but the jury decided Varlamov did not commit assault and battery. McGhee noted that Vavrinyuk’s lawyer, Olaf Muller, will appeal and ask for a second trial.

Muller claimed Vavrinyuk's team was not allowed to present critical evidence during her case, including “bloody pictures” and accounts of previous alleged beatings, per McGhee. Muller also offered a quote: “The trail judge shapes what the jury hears. It is not surprising given the court’s decision.”

Varlamov’s lawyer, Laura Menninger, responded, per McGhee: “You can judge by the photos. Her small bruises do not reflect the brutal attack she says happened.”

McGhee said Varlamov’s “lawyers painted a picture of a greedy conniver, thirsting for vengeance, and a million dollar payoff” and also shared this account from Menninger:

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Vavrinyuk then had telephone conversations with a friend in Russia in which she said she wanted a $1 million payout, which she would have to split with the lawyer, Menninger said.

The friend recorded the conversations and sold the audio to Russian broadcast stations.

Vavrinyuk also told the friend that she started the fight, punching Varlamov twice in the face, hard.

"Don't tell anyone I hit him first," she told her, Menninger said.

Muller said Vavrinyuk cannot return to Russia because of this incident. Varlamov played for his country in the 2014 Olympics and “is idolized” there, and Vavrinyuk has reportedly received threats, per McGhee.

Muller said, per McGhee: “If she goes back, who knows what will happen. She is stranded here. Literally, the entire country has it out for (her).”

Varlamov boasts a 19-12-3 record this season, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. As of Tuesday, the Avalanche were 27-22-3 overall and in the Western Conference playoff picture with 57 points.


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