05/23 16:57 CDT Arbitrator upholds Voynov suspension but says he served half
Arbitrator upholds Voynov suspension but says he served half
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- An arbitrator has upheld Slava Voynov's one-season NHL
suspension but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19.
Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for
the upcoming season and the 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts
of domestic violence. The NHL Players Association appealed the ruling.
Arbitrator Shyam Das upheld Bettman's decision that Voynov should be suspended
for the equivalent of one NHL season but found he should be credited with
having already served 41 games of the suspension last season. So Voynov will
now be eligible to return midway through next season.
Voynov was initially suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being
arrested and accused of abusing his wife. He pleaded no contest to a
misdemeanor, left the United States to go back to Russia and in July had the
conviction dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles. His most recent suspension was
imposed in April after he applied for reinstatement.
The 29-year-old Russian last played an NHL game on Oct. 19, 2014. He won a pair
of Stanley Cup titles with the Kings in 2012 and 2014.
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