Assault charges against Avs' Semyon Varlamov dropped

Goalie Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during warm up prior to facing the...

Goalie Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during warm up prior to facing the Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center on November 10, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is in the clear.

The Denver district attorney on Friday asked a judge to dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge against Varlamov because it was felt the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

“That’s not to say we don’t believe our victim,” district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, according to the Denver Post. “Most of the time, additional investigation strengthens our case. This time ... it became clear we didn’t have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Varlamov, 25, was charged in October with felony kidnapping and assault after an incident involving his girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk. She alleged he attacked her in a Denver apartment while he was drunk, kicking her and dragging her by the hair.

“This is no surprise to me,” Vavrinyuk’s lawyer, Robert Abrams, told the Post. “Now that it’s out there I’m sure there will be just as much speculation about the events as there was the day the news broke.”

A judge withdrew the kidnapping charge in November due to lack of evidence.

Varlamov, who had been released on bond and was allowed to travel and play for the Avalanche, last appeared in court Dec. 2 but didn’t enter a plea at the time.

A leading candidate to play for the Russian team at the Olympics in Sochi, Varlamov has gone 16-8-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .924 save percentage this season.


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