Semyon Varlamov in court on assault charge

12:00 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov appears in this booking photo released by the Denver Police Department. Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault in what authorities are calling a domestic violence incident. (Photo: AP)
  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi CenterThe defeated the Jets 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov appeared in court briefly Monday on a domestic violence charge involving his girlfriend.

Varlamov answered questions from a judge during the hearing in Denver and left without comment with his lawyers.

The 25-year-old was charged last month with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for allegedly attacking his girlfriend at their apartment on Oct. 30.

According to an arrest affidavit, she said he knocked her down with a kick, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair. His agent has said he is innocent.

Varlamov is one of NHL's hottest goalies and has helped propel the Avalanche to a franchise-best 19-6 start.

He is free on $5,000 bond and has been traveling and playing with the team. He has not entered a plea.

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