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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov charged with assault

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DENVER - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was charged with third-degree assault on Friday morning after allegedly kicking, stomping on, dragging and threatening his long-time girlfriend back in late October.

Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor.

His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened on Oct. 28 at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.

Varlamov surrendered to police on Wednesday:

Varlamov's girlfriend speaks out about the case

According to the Vavrinyuk's attorney Robert Abrams, the couple have a history of domestic disturbances. He says this marks the fourth or fifth time they have had run-ins with one another - including one occasion where he says she was knocked unconscious over the summer during a vacation on a Mediterranean island. They have been together for about four years after meeting in Russia. She works as a model in the U.S.

9NEWS Crime and Justice Reporter Anastasiya Bolton spoke with Vavrinyuk after the incident.

Vavrinyuk, who only speaks Russian, told Bolton she and Varlamov have known each other for four years but have been dating for one.

The story of how they met still makes Vavrinyuk smile. The two met in Russia. She said Varlamov was supposed to go out with a friend of hers but didn't show.

"I wanted to teach him a lesson," she said. "I was thinking what kind of a guy is he and started exchanging messages with him. That's how we became friends."

The relationship between the goalie and the model wasn't perfect. Vavrinyuk said they broke up and got back together twice.

Vavrinyuk told 9NEWS she went to police this time because she's in the U.S.

"I want the American government to defend me," she said. "I want everyone to know, all the fans to know, that he's not the great Semyon Varlamov. Great people don't beat up their women. They don't belittle them ... throw out like dogs. I want people to know this, that this man can be an animal."

The story of the hockey star is all over the Russian media. One channel interviewed Semyon's father, who told them, "I know Semyon is innocent."

At this point, these are just accusations against a famous man, a man Vavrinyuk believes feels invincible.

"I want to say women can't allow men to abuse them. You absolutely can't stay quiet about it. I think I did the right thing by not staying silent. I wasn't scared of his fame, his popularity," she said.

Varlamov was born in Samara, Russia and started playing for the Capitals in the 2008-09 season. He was drafted by Washington in 2006 in the first round (23rd overall).

The Colorado Avalanche emailed the following statement Friday:

"The Colorado Avalanche organization was informed about today's decision from the Denver District Attorney's Office and will have no further comment until the entire legal process has concluded."

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