Colorado Avalanche Russian goalkeeper arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault
The Denver Police Department has characterized the Varlamov’s situation as a domestic violence incident, and the hockey player is scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday. The 25-year-old Varlamov turned himself in to authorities around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police would not specify much about the incident, though they did say that it involved someone with whom Varlamov has an intimate relationship.
According to the Denver Post, the assault charge is a misdemeanor, but the kidnapping charge “is a Class 4 felony, punishable by two to six years in prison.”
At this point, it’s still unclear if Varlamov has an attorney. The athlete’s agent said that the goalie is “completely innocent” of the charges.
According to the Twitter feed of Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker, the police report on the incident said, “Varlamov’s girlfriend said he pushed her down, stomped on her and dragged her by the hair.”
Parker also tweeted the police report’s claim that “Varlamov allegedly told his girlfriend, in Russian, ‘if this were Russia, he would have beat her more.’”
The alleged crimes were reportedly committed sometime Tuesday,
though more details have yet to surface.
New court hearings into the case are scheduled for November 14, a judge told R-Sport agency.
Varlamov’s team issued the following statement on the situation:
"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."
Varlamov has staged an impressive comeback in Colorado after being acquired from the Washington Capitals in 2011. Under new head coach Patrick Roy and goaltending instructor Francois Allaire, Varlamov has posted a 7-1 record so far this season, and is among the NHL’s league leaders in wins, save percentage, and goals-against.