Voynov ruled out of World Cup of Hockey

Slava Voynov (26) © Gary A. Vasquez
Two-time Stanley Cup winner Slava Voynov will not be allowed to play at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey due to his indefinite suspension by the NHL, received after being arrested on domestic violence charges in 2014.

The SKA St. Petersburg blueliner was named in the Team Russia squad last Friday, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has now stated the player will not take part in September’s competition in Canada.

Ex-Los Angeles star Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL in 2014 after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, but eventually entered a no contest plea to a reduced misdemeanor charge in July 2015.

Voynov was sentenced to 90 days in jail, three years of probation and ordered to attend counseling. He was released on September 3 and departed the US for the KHL.

During his annual state of the union address, which usually takes place prior to the opening game of the Stanley Cup final, Bettman confirmed Voynov would not be allowed to play in September's tournament.

"There has been no change in his status," he said. "He's been suspended from the league. The Russian Federation was told that he was not eligible to play in the World Cup."

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Voynov played 23 times last season as SKA finished sixth in the regular season standings.

He played a further 15 games in the Gagarin Cup end-of-season playoffs, helping the team to the Western Conference final where they were beaten by CSKA Moscow.

Russia World Cup of Hockey squad:


Artem Anisimov - Chicago Blackhawks

Evgeny Dadonov - SKA St Petersburg

Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings

Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikolay Kulemin - New York Islanders

Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals

Artemi Panarin - Chicago Blackhawks

Vadim Shipachyov - SKA Saint Petersburgh (KHL)

Ivan Telegin - CSKA Moscow (KHL)

Vladimir Tarasenko - St. Louis Blues



Alexei Emelin - Montreal Canadiens

Dmitry Kulikov - Florida Panthers

Alexey Marchenko - Detroit Red Wings

Andrei Markov - Montreal Canadiens

Dmitry Orlov - Washington Capitals

Nikita Zaitsev - Toronto Maple Leafs



Sergei Bobrovsky - Columbus Blue Jackets

Semyon Varlamov - Colorado Avalanche

Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

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