Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with one count of third-degree assault, the Denver district attorney's office announced. The charge alleges that Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend Evgeniya Vavrinyuk at their home on Oct. 30.
The Avs netmidner was initially arrested on the assault claim along with a charge of second-degree kidnapping. He posted $5,000 bail the morning after turning himself in to police. Varlamov was also granted permission to travel with the Avalanche.
The kidnapping charge has been dropped, according to the DA's office.
Third-degree assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Colorado and is defined as such:
A person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if the person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or with criminal negligence the person causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon. Assault in the third degree is a class 1 misdemeanor and is an extraordinary risk crime that is subject to the modified sentencing range specified in section 18-1.3-501 (3).
According to Ryan Parker of the Denver Post, Varlamov could face up to two years in county jail if convicted.
Varlamov is due to appear in Denver County Court on Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. local time.
Since the alleged incident, Varlamov has appeared in eight games with the Avalanche.
The Russian goalie has posted an 11-5-0 record, .931 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average in 16 games this season.
UPDATE: The NHL has released a statement on this situation (via Pierre LeBrun):
"We are aware of the decision made by the Denver District Attorney's Office today to pursue misdeamnor assault charges against Avalanche Player Semyon Varlamov. While we will continue to monitor the situation, we do not expect to take any action or have any further comment pending the resolution of those charges."