Avalanche Goalie Varlamov Jailed on Domestic-Assault Charges

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested on charges of domestic violence and kidnapping, according to the Denver Police Department.

Varlamov, a 25-year-old from Russia, turned himself in yesterday evening and was being held without bond on a charge of second-degree kidnapping, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, Denver Police Sergeant Steve Warneke said in a telephone interview.

Varlamov was being held in the Downtown Detention Center and had a 10 a.m. local time appearance scheduled in Denver District Court, according to the Denver Sheriff Department website. Police would offer no details of the alleged incident.

“The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov,” the National Hockey League team said in a statement on its website. “At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”

Paul Theofanous, Varlamov’s agent, said in an e-mail that his client “is completely innocent of all of these charges.”

Varlamov is also a candidate for the Russian hockey team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin Feb. 7.

Igor Ananskykh, head of Russia’s State Duma for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs, called his arrest “an effort to weaken our national team,” according to The Voice of Russia’s website.

Varlamov, in his sixth NHL season, is 7-1 this year, helping the Avalanche (10-1) to the Western Conference Central Division lead.

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