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article imageColorado Avalanche goalie charged with assaulting girlfriend

By Mike White     Nov 23, 2013 in Sports
Denver - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was charged Friday with assaulting his girlfriend, a third-degree charge. He was accused of stomping on, dragging and kicking the woman in October.
USA Today reported the charge is a misdemeanor. It also reported the goalie has had a long-term relationship with the alleged victim.
According to the report, Evgenia Vavrinyuk, 24, claims the incident happened October 28 at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Police said the woman had bruises consistent with a physical encounter.
Robert Abrams, the attorney for Vavrinyuk, said the two have had domestic disturbances before. He says the current incident is the fourth or fifth time such incidents have occurred. He reportedly said one time she was knocked unconscious during a summer vacation on a Mediterranean island. They two have been in a relationship for four years after meeting in Russia. Vavrinyuk is a model in the United States.
"I want the American government to defend me," the model told a Denver television station. "I want everyone to know, all the fans to know, that he's not the great Semyon Varlamov. Great people don't beat up their women."
ESPN reported the goalie could face probation to two years in jail if he is convicted. He is free on $5,000 bond.
The Colorado Avalanche stated the team would "have no further comment until the entire legal process has concluded." Varlamov was obtained in a trade with Washington in 2011. He has an 11-5 record this year and a 2.23 goals-against average.
Fox Sports reported the agent for the goalie says his client maintains his innocence.
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