DENVER — The case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was dismissed Friday after facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Varlamov, 25, was charged with third-degree assault Nov. 22. The case was dismissed because prosecutors say they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened in late Oct. at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street in Denver. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.
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Vavrinyuk's attorney had no comment Friday on the dismissal. The Colorado Avalanche did confirm that the charges were dismissed.
Jean Martineau, the vice president of communications and business operations for the Colorado Avalanche, told KUSA-TV:
"From the start the organization as well as his teammates supported him. And with today's DA's decision, this file comes to an end."
Varlamov is traveling to Los Angeles for a game this weekend.
According to an arrest affidavit, she said he knocked her down with a kick, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair.
She also says Varlamov told her he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia.
KUSA-TV crime and justice reporter Anastasiya Bolton spoke with Vavrinyuk after the incident.
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Vavrinyuk, who only speaks Russian, told Bolton she and Varlamov have known each other for four years but have been dating for one.
The story of how they met still makes Vavrinyuk smile. The two met in Russia. She said Varlamov was supposed to go out with a friend of hers but didn't show.
"I wanted to teach him a lesson," she said. "I was thinking what kind of a guy is he and started exchanging messages with him. That's how we became friends."
The relationship between the goalie and the model wasn't perfect. Vavrinyuk said they broke up and got back together twice.
Vavrinyuk told KUSA-TV she went to police this time because she's in the U.S.
"I want the American government to defend me," she said. "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. They don't belittle them ... throw out like dogs. I want people to know this, that this man can be an animal."
The story of the hockey star is all over the Russian media. One channel interviewed Semyon's father, who told them, "I know Semyon is innocent."
Varlamov was born in Samara, Russia, and started playing for the Capitals in the 2008-09 season. He was drafted by Washington in 2006 in the first round (23rd overall).
Varlamov was free on $5,000 bond and has been traveling and playing with the team.
He is also expected to be the starting goalie for Russia's hockey team at the Olympics in Sochi. The team has not been officially named yet.
Raquel Villanueva also writes for KUSA-TV