- © RIA Novosti. Yuri Strelets
© RIA Novosti. Yuri Strelets
MOSCOW, October 31 (R-Sport) - Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is innocent of assault and kidnapping charges on which the Russian was arrested by Denver Police, his father told R-Sport on Thursday.
The 25-year-old goalie, who is expected to play some part at February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, was to appear in Denver District Court later in the day, according to an inmate report on the sheriff's website. He faces up to six years in prison on a charge of second-degree kidnapping, while the assault charge is a misdemeanor.
Details of the incident that prompted Thursday's arrest are yet to come to light, but his father says Varlamov committed no crime.
"There will be a hearing, and only afterwards will we be able to give some kind of comment," Alexander Varlamov said. "I can only say one thing with complete responsibility: No crime has been committed whatsoever," he added.
"The media have simply blown the situation out of proportion: There was no kidnapping, even less any kind of acts of violence. I can't say any more, because the lawyer won't be too happy," Alexander Varlamov said.
Meanwhile, the goalie's father insisted the episode would have no bearing on his son's prospects of playing at his home Olympics.
"Is there any point in worrying about it? No, none at all. If they [Russian coaches] call him up, all will be OK," Alexander Varlamov said.
U.S. media reports said Varlamov trained Wednesday with the Avalanche before turning himself into police.