Report: Voynov facing deportation


The latest on the status of L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, from Russian news agency TASS:

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement Western Region Communications Director Virginia Kice told TASS that ICE’s decision to take Voynov into custody and place him in removal proceedings was based on “a comprehensive review of the case.”

“As with anyone who’s facing deportation, he’ll be afforded due process and the immigration court will ultimately determine whether he’ll be subject to removal from the U.S.,” she said.

An ICE official, who asked not to be identified, told TASS that ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations has declined to set a bond in Voynov’s case “given his prior conviction for a crime of violence.”

Last week, ICE moved Voynov from the Seal Beach Detention Center — where he served a three-month sentence for domestic violence — to an unspecified detention facility.

Prior to being detained, Voynov’s future with both the Kings and in the NHL was cloudy at best — so it’s extremely difficult to  envision where things go from here.

He remains under indefinite suspension by the league, and suspended without pay by L.A. (due to an Achilles injury suffered during non-hockey activities this past June.)