Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov test positive for cocaine, gets four-year IIHF ban

Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov test positive for cocaine, gets four-year IIHF ban

Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov test positive for cocaine, gets four-year IIHF ban

Washington Capitals centre Evgeny Kuzentsov has been suspended for four years from global hockey after testing positive for cocaine. In the since-deleted video, Kuznetsov is shown FaceTiming someone while in the room. In that statement, Kuznetsov said he went to a friend's hotel room, saw drugs and an "unknown women", called a friend and left. "I know Evgeny has already commented on it, and I know the Capitals also released a statement".

Kuznetsov, who plays for National Hockey League (NHL) team the Washington Capitals, has been ruled out of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as he will not be able to return to the sport at worldwide level until June 2023.

Kuznetsov denied the use of any drugs after this video surfaced of him with two lines of white powder on the table. His period of ineligibility ends on June 12, 2023. Not being able to put that sweater on for four years is very hard to take.

"The player didn't require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on June 13, 2019", the IIHF said. We are disappointed with this development and take this occurrence seriously. From the first day I took the ice in D.C., the Washington Capitals organization and our fans have been nothing but great to me and my family. Cocaine is not considered a performance-enhancing drug by the NHL, and Kuznetsov's suspension will affect only his ability to play at worldwide competitions - not the NHL - such as the Olympic Games and world hockey championships.

So, how will this affect his National Hockey League career?

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, in response to the global suspension, said the league would not be keeping Kuznetsov off the ice.

The NHL however, does not consider cocaine a performance enhancing drug, so the procedure there is different.

Kuznetsov had "voluntarily" sought help through the education and counseling program provided for by the NHL and hockey players union, and must now submit to regular drug testing.

27-year-old Evgeny addressed the video at the time and insisted he had NEVER taken illegal drugs - and neither the National Hockey League nor the Washington Capitals took action.

"We intend to reserve further comment on any additional actions that may or may not be taken with respect to today's announcement (disciplinary or otherwise) pending the completion of the Commissioner's meeting with Mr. Kuznetsov". Last season in 76 games he had 21 goals and 72 points.

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