Slava Voynov

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Slava Voynov
Slava Voynov - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Voynov during the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.
Born (1990-01-15) 15 January 1990 (age 29)
Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Former teams
Free Agent
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Los Angeles Kings
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 2008
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2006–present

Vyacheslav "Slava" Leonidovich Voynov (Russian: Вячесла́в Леони́дович Во́йнов; born 15 January 1990) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played with SKA Saint Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) while also being currently suspended by the National Hockey League (NHL) for beating his wife. The Los Angeles Kings terminated Voynov’s six-year, $25-million contract in 2015 but retain his rights. Voynov was selected by the Kings in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Voynov began his career with Traktor Chelyabinsk, playing his rookie Russian Superleague (RSL) season in 2006–07. After a second campaign with Traktor, he was selected in the second round, 32nd overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Kings, in their efforts to translate his Cyrillic-scripted name into the Latin alphabet,[citation needed] originally spelled his given name as "Viatcheslav." In the same off-season, Voynov was also drafted fifth overall by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Moncton Wildcats in the 2008 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft. However, because of his two seasons of professional experience in Russia, Voynov was eligible to forego the junior process in North America, and was subsequently assigned to the Kings' minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded eight goals and 23 points in his AHL rookie season, and in the following campaign, he improved to 29 points in 79 games. In 2011, he was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.[1]

Voynov in 2009 as a member of the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Voynov's first and second career NHL goals were both scored on 27 October 2011, against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars. On 11 June 2012, Voynov won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in his first NHL season. Voynov had an impressive rookie season with the Kings, but with the 2012–13 NHL season delayed because due to a lockout, he was reassigned to Manchester to start the year. In the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Voynov set a new Kings record for number of goals scored by a defenceman in one playoff season, scoring his fifth of the playoffs in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.[2]

On 18 June 2013, in the subsequent off-season, Voynov and the Kings agreed on a six-year, $25 million contract extension worth an annual average value of $4.16 million.[3]

Arrest and suspension

On 20 October 2014, Voynov was suspended indefinitely pending an investigation by the NHL after being arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges.[4] On 20 November 2014, the Los Angeles County prosecutor announced that Voynov would be charged with "one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury."[5] Although Voynov was indefinitely suspended from the league, the Los Angeles Kings attempted to circumvent that by having Voynov attend a team practice. The Kings were later fined $100,000 for their misdemeanor.[6]

The NHL does not have a policy on domestic violence charges; however, Voynov's suspension was justified under the collective bargaining agreement of the NHL.[7] Although the CBA does not outline cases specific to Voynov and domestic violence, the league is able to suspend players while they are part of a criminal investigation.[7] Under section 18-A.5, "The league may suspend the player pending the league's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league."[7] If convicted, Voynov risked up to nine years in prison and the possibility to be deported back to Russia. Voynov only suited up for six games for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014–2015 season, but he still received a full salary. Voynov was paid while he was under investigation by the league, however he was banned from participating in any team activities while serving his suspension.[7]

Voynov pleaded not guilty to the charges of domestic violence on 1 December 2014.[8]

At a hearing on 15 December 2014, an officer testified that Varlamova told police Voynov punched, kicked, and choked her, and that her face was cut after Voynov pushed her into a flat-screen television. The officer also testified to seeing a laceration above Varlamova's left eye, blood streaming, and red marks on her neck. Voynov's attorney claimed that cops misunderstood Varlamova because she doesn't speak English and maintained she "fell down."[9] On 16 December 2014, TMZ published a letter Varlamova wrote to the L.A. County District Attorney asserting that he had not intended to injure her and requesting that Voynov not be charged.[10]

On 2 July 2015, Voynov pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. He received three years of probation and was ordered to attend counseling.[11]

On 3 September 2015, Voynov was released from Seal Beach Police Detention Center, where he was being held since 7 July 2015. Upon his release he was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where they held him at an unspecified detention facility to await trial in front of an immigration judge. Voynov was held without bond, which is common when ICE thinks the subject is a danger to the community or flight risk.[12] Voynov elected to return to Russia rather than go through deportation proceedings.[13] As a result, the Kings terminated his contract on 17 September 2015.[14] Voynov was granted dismissal of his misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction on July 2, 2018. The motion was granted the day Voynov’s three years of probation ended following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse in 2015.[12]

International play

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
 Olympic Athletes from Russia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Czech Republic
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Ottawa
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Finland
Silver medal – second place 2008 Kazan

Voynov has played for Russia at the World Under-18 Tournament, the World Junior Tournament, the 2014 Olympics and the 2016 World Championship. He was a member of the Russian team at the 2018 Winter Olympics and won the gold medal.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 31 0 0 0 12
2007–08 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 2 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 36 1 3 4 20 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 61 8 15 23 46
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 79 10 19 29 43 9 1 3 4 0
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 76 15 36 51 36 7 2 3 5 6
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 15 2 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 8 12 20 12 20 1 2 3 4
2012–13 Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 7 9 16 22
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 6 19 25 14 18 6 7 13 0
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 4 30 34 44 26 2 7 9 16
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 2 2 2
2015–16 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 23 0 7 7 17 15 0 2 2 6
2016–17 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 48 11 26 37 18
2017–18 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 39 9 14 23 18 14 3 3 6 13
NHL totals 190 18 63 81 72 64 9 16 25 20


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Russia WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1 4 5 2
2007 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 0 1 0
2008 Russia WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 4 5 2
2008 Russia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 0
2009 Russia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 3 4 0
2014 Russia OG 5th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Russia WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 10 1 2 3 6
2018 OAR OG 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 2 4 6 4
Junior totals 33 4 12 16 4
Senior totals 21 3 6 9 10

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-Star Game 2010, 2011
Second All-Star Team 2011 [15]
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2012, 2014
All-Star Game 2017
Gagarin Cup (SKA Saint Petersburg) 2017 [16]
U18 All-Star Team 2008 [17]
Olympic All-Star Team 2018 [18]


  1. ^ "2008 prospects: Vyacheslav Voynov". 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  2. ^ "Войнов побил рекорд «Лос-Анджелеса» по числу голов для защитника в одном розыгрыше плей-офф, НХЛ – Хоккей –".
  3. ^ "Voynov, Kings agree on six-year extension". CBS Sports. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  4. ^ Halford, Mike (20 October 2014). "Kings' Voynov arrested for domestic assault, suspended indefinitely". NBC Sports.
  5. ^ Dillman, Lisa (20 November 2014). "Kings' Slava Voynov to face felony abuse charge". NBC Sports.
  6. ^ Petchesky, Barry. "Slava Voynov's Domestic Violence Arrest Was A Bloody Scene".
  7. ^ a b c d "NHL suspends Slava Voynov over domestic violence arrest".
  8. ^ "L.A. Kings player Slava Voynov pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges, hires Kobe Bryant's attorney".
  9. ^ "L.A. Kings Player Slava Voynov -- Wife Told Police He Kicked, Punched and Choked Her". 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Slava Voynov Wife Update: Marta Varlamova Accepted Blame For Domestic Violence Incident In November In Letter To Prosecutor? [PHOTO]". 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ Halford, Mike (2 July 2015). "Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation".
  12. ^ a b Fenno, Nathan (2015-09-03). "Kings' Slava Voynov goes from jail to immigration custody in domestic violence case". LA Times. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  13. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2018-02-09). "Ex-Kings player Slava Voynov spent two months in jail for domestic abuse, but is at Olympics representing Russia". LA Times. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  14. ^ Cap Friendly Retrieved 2018-04-23. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named – AHL". American Hockey League. 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 SKA St. Petersburg 5". Kontinental Hockey League. 2017-04-16. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  17. ^ "Elite Prospects – Hockey Awards".
  18. ^ "Kovalchuk MVP". 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

External links

  • Viatcheslav Voynov player profile at
  • Vyacheslav Voynov career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Slava Voynov career statistics at
  • Slava Voynov profile at
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