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Oct 21, 2014 5:43 PM

Junior hockey league reacts to Slava Voynov NHL suspension


HOOKSETT - NHL hockey player Slava Voynov's arrest and suspension from the LA Kings is a topic of conversation at practice with the Jr. Monarchs in Hookset.

Jr. Monarchs player Luke Bennett said, "He's a two time Stanley Cup champion. Kids around here we look up to kids like that. And he's a young guy, and it really just brings a bad name to hockey players around here. That's not what we are all about."

Voynov played for the New Hampshire Monarchs from 2008 to 2013. Monday he was arrested in California. He's accused of beating his wife.

Coaches with the Jr. Monarchs are using this as a teachable moment.

Bennett said, "That's one of the biggest things our coach says he's not building hockey players here, he's building people."

New Hampshire Junior Monarchs General Manager Ryan Frew said, "whether it's in the weight room or in our classroom sessions, we get that chance to say, hey what's going on at home, or with the girlfriend, or any social atmosphere."

Just over a year ago another NHL player, Semyon Varlamov with the Colorado Avalanche, was arrested. He was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

And there's the NFLs problems, most recently with the suspension of Ray Rice over domestic abuse charges.
More validation that domestic abuse prevention should be taught to young, aspiring athletes.

Frew said, "From the age of 16 to 20 we have these guys and the ability to influence their life for 25 to 30 hours a week every single week. Part of our job or duty as role models to them is to kind of teach them what our expectations are of ourselves."


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