The drug is banned beneath the World Anti-Doping Code.
“Not too long ago, the IIHF notified me that, as a consequence of a constructive check for a banned substance, I might be suspended from worldwide competitors for 4 years,” Kuznetsov mentioned in an announcement. “I’ve made the choice to just accept this penalty. Representing my nation has all the time been so near my coronary heart and one thing I take a lot pleasure in. Not having the ability to put that sweater on for 4 years could be very laborious to take.”
Kuznetsov can be ineligible for 4 years, together with his suspension concluding on June 12, 2023. He was provisionally suspended on June 13.
“We’re conscious of the constructive check end result and associated worldwide sanction that has been imposed on Evgeny Kuznetsov,” the Washington Capitals mentioned in an announcement. “We’re dissatisfied with this improvement and take this incidence severely.
“As well as, we’re dedicated to making sure he has the mandatory help required to work by way of this case.”
Cocaine isn’t thought of a performance-enhancing drug within the NHL and isn’t prohibited beneath the NHL’s Efficiency Enhancing Substances Program.
“We perceive that Mr. Kuznetsov has voluntarily sought assist by way of the schooling and counseling program supplied for within the NHL and NHLPA collective bargaining settlement and has agreed to a daily testing protocol regarding his involvement with that program,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly mentioned in an announcement.
Daly says that Kuznetsov has agreed to a gathering with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and that no selections have been made on whether or not any further disciplinary actions are required.
“I’ve dissatisfied so many individuals which might be necessary to me, together with my household, teammates and associates,” Kuznetsov mentioned. “From the primary day I took the ice in D.C., the Washington Capitals group and our followers have been nothing however nice to me and my household. I really feel completely horrible for letting you down. I notice that the one means I can win you again is to take possession of my state of affairs and my actions from this level ahead.”