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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov heads back to court for assault hearing

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is heading back to court today facing misdemeanor assault charges after his girlfriend alleged he attacked her. The 25-year-old Varlamov allegedly attacked Evgenia Vavrinyuk on Oct. 30 at her Denver apartment; Vavrinyuk claims the Avs’ goalie kicked her in the chest to knock her to the ground, stomped her while she was down and dragged her by her hair.

The Avs’ goalie heads to court today attempting to have third-degree assault charges dropped against him. Varlamov turned himself in to the police shortly after the alleged incident and spent a night in jail. He was released on $5,000 bond and has been playing with the team ever since. Vavrinyuk was bruised and said via a translator that Varlamov “had a lot of fun” during the assault.

Varlamov’s agent maintains his client is innocent, his attorney has not commented on the current situation. If convicted, Varlamov could spend up to two years in jail and be deported back to his home nation of Russia. His playing status for Russia in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will have to be decided upon the outcome of the trial.

Varlamov has been playing well since the accusations surfaced, as if he is not distracted by the alleged assault. He has saved 92.4 percent of the shots he has faced in 11 games since the allegations arose.

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