Assault charges against Varlamov dropped

Updated: December 20, 2013

Denver, CO ( – A domestic violence case against Colorado
Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was dismissed by a Denver judge Friday at
the prosecution’s request, the Denver Post reported.

The city district attorney’s office filed a motion to drop a misdemeanor
charge of third-degree assault against Varlamov, who was arrested in October
for allegedly attacking his girlfriend during a dispute at their Denver home.
According to the newspaper, the prosecutors believed they would not be able to
prove Varlamov’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

A previous charge of second-degree kidnapping had previously been dropped due
to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Court records stated that Evgeniya Vavrinyuk told investigators that Varlamov
kicked her and dragged her by her hair during an argument that led to the
arrest, adding that the 25-year-old Russian was intoxicated.

Varlamov was able to travel and play with the Avalanche after posting a $5,000
bond shortly after being taken into custody.

The sixth-year NHL veteran has been putting together a strong season for
Colorado, compiling a 16-8-1 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and a
.924 save percentage over 25 games.