A day after assault charges against him for an alleged domestic violence incident in October were dropped, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
At the request of prosecutors, the charges were dropped after they felt they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. "That's not to say we don't believe our victim," said Denver district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
After Saturday's game, Varlamov was asked about the dropped charges.
"I’m excited for sure. The process is over. Like I said before, I’m glad to be here today. I just want to say thank you for my teammates, for ownership, for the general manager, for the Avalanche fans for supporting me. That’s what I want to say. [Reporter: It’s over. You never seemed too worried about it.] Yeah, it’s over. I’m leaving everything behind right now. Right now I can sleep and focus on my job, on hockey and that’s it."
Said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, "I think Varly was very professional from the first day this thing came out and he had the support from his teammates. And now it’s behind us, let’s focus and let’s play hockey."
With the criminal charges dropped, Varlamov's girlfriend, Evgenia Vavrinyuk, could be looking at a civil suit, after mentioning the possibility in November.
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