The NHL has suspended defense Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and the 2020 playoffs after determining that he committed acts of domestic violence.
Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov on Tuesday for what the league described as unacceptable ice behavior. The 29-year-old Russian could regain his eligibility on July 1, 2020, based on good behavior.
Voynov was suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested for domestic abuse. He did not plead guilty to a misdemeanor, he left the United States to return to Russia and in July, a Los Angeles County judge rejected the conviction.
Slava Voynov has been suspended for the entire NHL 2019-20 season (including the playoffs) for unacceptable conduct off the ice. The eligibility of Voynov to play in the NHL will be restored (baduming good behavior) no later than July 1, 2020. https://t.co/zd7jDQI4TU
– Public Relations NHL (@PR_NHL) April 9, 2019
Bettman said he determined after a league investigation and a March 21 hearing that Voynov committed acts of domestic violence against his wife. Bettman said the ruling is "consistent with the NHL's firm policy that it can not and will not tolerate this and other similar types of behavior, particularly as directed to a spouse, domestic partner or family member."
The Kings, who rescinded Voynov's $ 25 million contract in 2015, said they are reviewing the NHL's decision and that "it is premature for us to comment until we understand what today's decision, which can be appealed, means. its entirety. "
Voynov's agent, Rolland Hedges, did not immediately return a voice message and a text message for comment.