Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a break in the action against the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center on March 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree 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.
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.