Slava Voynov signs 3-year deal with KHL's SKA St. Petersburg after jail term

Two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Slava Voynov will resume his career with SKA St. Petersburg after serving time in jail on a domestic violence charge in the United States.

Voynov, a former defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, was suspended for the final 76 games of the 2014-15 NHL season and returned to Russia after serving two months in jail, plus time in immigration custody.

In a brief statement, SKA says Voynov, 25, has signed a three-year contract.

Voynov, who has 18 goals and 63 assists in 190 carer NHL regular-season games, left the Kings in September, forfeiting his contract with four years left at an average cap hit of $4.16 million per season.

He was arrested last October after his wife was taken to a hospital with injuries resulting from a domestic dispute with Voynov that began at a team party and continued at their Redondo Beach, California, home.

Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and was sentenced to a 90-day term earlier this past summer, along with three years of probation.

He was suspended with pay by the NHL immediately after his arrest. The team also suspended Voynov without pay in relation to a non-hockey injury he suffered. The league probably would have suspended him without pay if he had tried to stay to continue his NHL career.

Voynov won the Stanley Cup as an NHL rookie with the Kings in 2012, and he was the No. 2 defenseman on Los Angeles' second championship team in 2014. He also played for Russia at the Sochi Olympics, establishing himself as one of the nation's top defensemen.

He is likely to be a key player for his country at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

SKA won the Kontinental Hockey League title last season and is one of the wealthiest hockey clubs outside North America. The club president is billionaire businessmen Gennady Timchenko, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the team receives extensive funding from Russian state gas company Gazprom.

Information from ESPN Staff Writer Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press was used in this report.