Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in court Monday on assault charge

DENVER - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in court Monday to face a misdemeanor assault charge after his girlfriend said he attacked her.

During the hearing, the judge ordered the 25-year-old Varlamov to return in January to enter a plea.

The girlfriend told investigators he attacked her on Oct. 30 in her apartment. 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.

Varlamov's attorney hasn't commented. His agent has said he's innocent.

The goalie turned himself into police in October and was held overnight. Varlamov is free on $5,000 bond and has been traveling and playing with the team. If convicted, his sentence could range from probation to two years in jail.

Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, the alleged victim, told 7NEWS through a translator that she wanted everyone to know "what he [Varlamov] really is and what he's capable of."

Vayrinyuk said that during the assault, "he was having a lot of fun. He was laughing."