TORRANCE, Calif. — Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov faces a March trial date on a charge of beating his wife.
City News Service says Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge at his arraignment Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A judge set a preliminary trial date of March 2 for the Russian Olympian.
Police say the two-time Stanley Cup champ choked and hit his wife and pushed her into a TV in their bedroom after an argument that began at a Halloween party on Oct. 19. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.
Defence lawyers say Voynov’s wife wrote a letter to prosecutors saying her injuries were an accident, though a judge didn’t accept that evidence during a preliminary hearing.
Voynov is suspended from the NHL.