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Kings, Voynov part; player plans to return to Russia

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Slava Voynov intends to return to Russia and the defenseman no longer will play for the Los Angeles Kings, his agent and the team said in separate statements Wednesday.

Agent Rolland Hedges released the following statement on behalf of Voynov:

"Earlier today, I notified the National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players' Association and the Los Angeles Kings of my decision to immediately begin the formal process of returning to Russia with my family. I sincerely apologize to those in and around the game of hockey, who have been affected by my situation, and I also wish the Players of the LA Kings success in the future."

Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL after his arrest on felony domestic violence charges on Oct. 20. He entered a no-contest plea to a single misdemeanor, domestic violence charge on July 2.

Voynov served a 90-day sentence and afterward was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"During this period of detention, the Los Angeles Kings decided he would no longer play for the team," the Kings said in a statement. "The method by which we would ensure this outcome was something we carefully considered and we established a deadline of Sept. 17 -- the beginning of our 2015-16 training camp -- to reach this outcome. Recently it became evident to us that our conclusion to this process would be to terminate Mr. Voynov's Standard Player's Contract. However, Mr. Voynov's announcement today of his intention to leave the United States and return to Russia makes the termination unnecessary."

The 25-year-old played 190 regular-season NHL games for the Kings; he had 18 goals and 63 assists (81 points), and was plus-23. He won the Stanley Cup twice (2012 and 2014), and had nine goals and 16 assists in 64 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He had four seasons remaining on a six-year, $25 million contract that began in 2013-14, an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $4.17 million, according to war-on-ice.com.

Voynov had surgery in April to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

"As we have publicly stated since Mr. Voynov's arrest last year, the Kings organization will not tolerate domestic violence," the Kings said. "As part of that commitment, we will soon announce a series of new Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives that reflect the values and principles central to our franchise."

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