Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been released on $5,000 bail after standing before a judge on Thursday afternoon. Varlamov has been charged with assault and kidnapping as the result of an altercation with his girlfriend at his apartment on Monday night.
Varlamov posted bond at noon local time, is allowed to travel and had a restraining order imposed against him.
According to his girlfriend, he had been drinking heavily on Monday before storming into the apartment, grabbing her and stomping on her. She alleges that he has assaulted her on multiple occasions, with this instance being minor in comparison. Her attorney, Robert Abrams, asserts that there have been five attacks, one of which left the woman unconscious. This most recent attack resulted in her visiting a hospital for exams and X-rays.
Varlamov's attorney, Jack Rotole, stated that his client would be cleared of all charges once the facts came out. His agent, Paul Theofanous, commented earlier on Thursday that Varlamov was innocent of all charges. His coach, Patrick Roy, gave minimal comment on the situation, pleading ignorance and a desire to learn more information. Roy was unable to determine if Varlamov would travel with the team -- or potentially play -- against the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
However, Colorado has since confirmed that it will not recall a goaltender, which means Varlamov is going to travel to Dallas.