Report not lost on NHL

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

The Mitchell Report did not get swept under the carpet at National Hockey League headquarters in New York yesterday, while the television in the NHL Players Association office in Toronto also was tuned into the proceedings.

The obvious question was whether such wide spread violations of banned substances could have gone undetected in the NHL.

"I think all sports and all of society face challenges in this area," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to Sun Media in an e-mail last night. "But the answer is no, I don't believe our league has ever had a 'problem' to the same or even a similar extent of what we heard today may have been going on in baseball.

"We have a education and testing program that is designed to keep our sport 'clean', and our responsibility, jointly with our Players' Association, is to make sure that the program continues to evolve and stays as 'state of the art' as possible to ensure that the our objectives are being met."

A union spokesman echoed those sentiments last night and repeated how pleased the players were with a near perfect record on their testing last season, even after the suspension of defenceman Sean Hill.

Hill received 20 games for using steroids while with the New York Islanders, quietly returning to play this season after the balance of the games were served as a member of the Minnesota Wild.


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