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Agent: Voynov’s ‘rights are being infringed,’ will look to lift suspension

Kings Voynov Suspended

This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 police booking photo provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov. The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely Monday, after the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The 24-year-old posted $50,000 bail. (AP Photo/Redondo Beach Police Department)


The agent representing L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he’s looking into measures to potentially lift his client’s indefinite suspension.

More, from the L.A. Times:

Rolland Hedges, Voynov’s agent, referred to a new section of the collective bargaining agreement where there is an application for a hearing. He said they will be asking for the NHL to hear Voynov’s concerns and rule on whether he could return instead of waiting for the prosecutor’s office to make a decision on the case.

Hedges voiced his increasing frustration in a telephone interview with The Times on Thursday afternoon. Voynov has not played since Oct. 19.

“The player hasn’t been charged with any offense at this point and it’s very difficult for the NHL. We understand that,” Hedges said. “The NHLPA, we understand that, as well.

“But there comes a point where the player’s rights have to be looked at. From this point forward, the player is going to see what can be done to have the suspension lifted. The player has no control over the criminal prosecution at this point, nor should he.”

Voynov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Oct. 20 and subsequently suspended indefinitely by the NHL. He will miss his eighth game tonight when the Kings host the Islanders at Staples.

The Redondo Beach Police has turned its case over to the district attorney already, only for the D.A. to request further information. Voynov has not been charged and, according to the Times, Redondo Beach Police Lt. Joe Hoffman said detectives are scheduled to meet with the D.A.'s office on Monday.

“Slava believes he is innocent,” Hedges told the Times. “If he has to have his day in court, he will. We all respect the law. But there comes a point where you just can’t sit back.”

“I think his rights are being infringed right now. That’s the unfortunate part of this process.”


Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman adds this: