Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Slava Voynov’s North American hockey career appears to be in jeopardy.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Russian born Voynov had been serving jail time in Seal Beach Police Detention Center since July 7. He pled no contest to misdemeanor “corporal injury to a spouse” on July 2.

After Voynov's release in Seal Beach, ICE took him into custody and is holding the Russian citizen at an unspecified detention facility pending a hearing by an immigration judge, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Because of the violent nature of Voynov's legal entanglement — which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place — the agency didn't set a bond.

Initially, Voynov was charged with felony of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury for his part in a late October altercation with his wife.

Voynov got 90 days in jail and three years probation as part of the plea.

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According to trial testimony, Voynov caused a laceration over his wife’s left eye and red marks on her neck. It was also said that he pushed her to the ground multiple times, kicked her and choked her three times. 

Voynov has been suspended with pay by the NHL since the initial arrest. His salary cap hit is for $4.167 million which currently doesn’t count against LA’s cap. Voynov is also suspended by the Kings for suffering a torn Achilles during a recreational activity.

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