Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov charged with third-degree assault of his girlfriend

DENVER - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was formally charged Friday by the Denver District Attorney for the alleged assault on his girlfriend on Oct. 30.

Varlamov now faces one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Dec. 2.

The goalie turned himself into police in October and was held overnight on charges of felony kidnapping and misdemeanor assault. He appeared in court the next morning, wearing shackles and a yellow jumpsuit. The judge set bond at $5,000 and gave Varlamov permission to travel with the hockey team.

Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, the alleged victim, agreed to an interview that day. Through a translator, she told 7NEWS reporter Amanda Kost she wants everyone to know "what he really is and what he's capable of."

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

The affidavit said Vavrinyuk alleged Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocked her down, stomped on her and dragged her into another room by her hair.

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club issued this statement Friday: "The Colorado Avalanche organization was informed about today's decision from the Denver District Attorney's Office and will have no further comment until the entire legal process has concluded."