According to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Russian politician Igor Ananskikh believes the recent arrest of Russian men's ice hockey goaltender Semyon Varlamov was an American plot to prevent Russia from winning an Olympic gold medal in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Russia, the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland are the current gold medal contenders, with Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic not to be counted out if you analyze previous international hockey results.
Varlamov. the number one goaltender for the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, was charged with assaulting and kidnapping his Russian girlfriend, supermodel Eugenia Vavrinyuk this week.
Vavrinyuk accused Varlamov of kicking her in the chest and stomping on her while she was on the ground, according to the Canadian Press. Varlamov's lawyer meanwhile says his client is innocent of the charges.
Varlamov is expected to be Russia's number one goaltender in February. So far this season, Varlamov has been outstanding, posting a record of 7-1 and a goals against average of 1.76. He is also expected to start for the Avalanche this evening in Dallas.