Coach OK with goalie’s story
Roy testifies in district court
After his then- girlfriend accused him of beating her, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov told the team’s managers that she hit him, and he moved her aside and locked himself in a bedroom, Avs coach PatrickRoy testifiedThursday.
The story Varlamov told Roy and other team managers differed from the account of Evgeniya Vavrinyuk. Vavrinyuk, whose civil suit against Varlamov is being heard inDenverDistrict Court, has testified that Varlamov beat her.
The suit, filed in October 2014, claims Varlamov had beaten her for years before his arrest in October 2013 on suspicion of felony kidnapping and assault.
Vavrinyuk has said the trouble that prompted Varlamov’s arrest began at a Halloween partywith other team members and their wives in 2013 when Varlamov ignored her and spent his time on his cellphone.
After the party, she said, she went to the apartment they shared. When he came home from the party at about 6 a. m., he appeared drunk. She pushed him, striking his face, and he kicked her in the chest, knocking her to the floor, she said. When she tried to get up, he kneeled on her chest to keep her down, she testified.
Prosecutors declined to file the criminal kidnapping charge and later dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against Varlamov.
Roy testified Thursday thatVarlamov told him that when he arrived at his apartment, Vavrinyuk accused him of being with another woman. She began punching him, and he went into a bedroom and locked the door without retaliating. The goalie had marks on his upper body, chest and neck, Roy said.
“When he gave us his side, wewere satisfied with his story because he had marks and we felt he was telling the truth,” Roy said.
Varlamov seemed shocked and surprised by the accusation, Roy said.
Varlamov’s lawyer at the time toldRoy that the goalie would have to spend a night in jail. “I told ( Varlamov) it wasn’t going to be a fun one. ... He had better be prepared for it,” Roy said in court Thursday.
Varlamovwas released in time to play a game against the Dallas Stars, in Dallas, Roy recalled. But Varlamov was so upset that he didn’t think he could play.
“He started crying and said, ‘ I don’t think I can play.’ I said, ‘ Varly, I want you to go in there, and lose the game for us.’ I wanted him to know we were behind him,” Roy said. “He said, ‘ I’m not going to lose the game.’ I said, ‘ Go in and win for us.’ ”
Yevegniy Khaletskiy, a masseuse who sometimes works for the Avs, testified that he became friends with Varlamov, and spent time with both the goalie and Vavrinyuk. She twice told the masseuse that shewanted to ruin Varlamov’s reputation, he said. The first time was in February 2013, when the couple were on the verge of splitting up.