Russia’s national team general manager is standing by embattled goaltender Semyon Varlamov, saying his recent strong play shows “that the truth is on his side.”
Varlamov, who plays for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, was charged with assault Friday and is scheduled to appear in a Denver court Monday over an altercation with his girlfriend on Oct. 30.
He is the top Russian goalie in the NHL this season and a candidate to start for the host nation at the Sochi Olympics.
Varlamov has won three straight games for the Avalanche, including a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, one day after the assault charge came down.
“Semyon’s in good form now, continuing to show that he’s one of the best goaltenders in the NHL and showing with his game that the truth is on his side,” Russian national team general manager Alexei Kasatonov told a KHL team on its website. The comments were translated by R-Sport.
Kasatonov played in three Olympics for the Soviet Union — 1980, ’84 and ’88 — including the Miracle on Ice game, and seven seasons in the NHL.
Kasatonov also said that Varlamov “is not that kind of guy and would not be capable of such a dirty deed,” according to R-Sport.