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Slava Voynov Suspended For The 2019-20 NHL Season

NEW YORK (April 9, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today that defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended for the entire 2019-20 NHL season (including Playoffs) for unacceptable off-ice conduct. Voynov’s eligibility to play in the NHL will be restored (assuming good behavior) no later than July 1, 2020.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman levied the suspension under Rule 18-A of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Commissioner’s ruling came following an investigation by the League and an in-person hearing in New York on Thursday, March 21. The investigation and hearing were conducted, pursuant to the terms of the CBA, to determine the relevant facts and circumstances relating to an Oct. 19, 2014, incident involving Voynov and his wife. The incident ultimately resulted in Voynov pleading no contest to a misdemeanor violation of § 273.5(a) of the California Penal Code on July 2, 2015.

Mr. Voynov originally was suspended indefinitely by the NHL following his arrest on Oct. 20, 2014.

“I have determined that Player Slava Voynov engaged in acts of domestic violence directed at his wife,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly-held policy that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct, particularly as directed at a spouse, domestic partner or family member.”

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Paul's avatar

Pierre LeBrun tweet,

The NHLPA says it is “reviewing the decision.” Voynov has the option to have an appeal heard by the impartial arbitrator.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/09/19 at 01:55 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The NHL is better at suspending someone for something they did off the ice rather than what they do on the ice.

What Voynov did is horrible, but I don’t know where the NHL decides to draw the line in their involvement in something that took case off the ice.

If the NFL took such a stance, half the players would be suspended.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/09/19 at 02:22 PM ET

Paul's avatar

LA Kings still own his rights…

Curtis Zupke tweet,

Per the Kings, “It is premature for us to comment until we understand what today’s decision, which can be appealed, means in its entirety.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/09/19 at 02:30 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

If the NFL took such a stance, half the players would be suspended.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/09/19 at 02:22 PM ET

This isn’t the NFL. Thankfully. If a player commits a violent act off the ice, it is well within the league’s rights as well as best interest to punish that player. Image is part of the business and an incident like this is not good for that. I commend them for taking action.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/09/19 at 04:07 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

This isn’t the NFL. Thankfully. If a player commits a violent act off the ice, it is well within the league’s rights as well as best interest to punish that player. Image is part of the business and an incident like this is not good for that. I commend them for taking action.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/09/19 at 04:07 PM ET

Second this. Very bold stance by the NHL. I actually like it.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/09/19 at 05:02 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I mean, I would have been happier had they kept it I definite and just never let him play in the NHL again.

This sadly leaves the door open for him eventually.

Posted by Primis on 04/09/19 at 06:33 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

I mean, I would have been happier had they kept it I definite and just never let him play in the NHL again.

This sadly leaves the door open for him eventually.

Posted by Primis on 04/09/19 at 06:33 PM ET

I agree. While I am happy that the NHL laid down some punishment, a lifetime ban would certainly send a message. You abuse women, there is no place for you in the league. KHL might take you.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/09/19 at 08:42 PM ET

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