Battalion player Jamie Lewis suspended for doping violation

North Bay's Jamie Lewis battles with Dylan Corson of the Barrie Colts at the Barrie Molson Centre...

North Bay's Jamie Lewis battles with Dylan Corson of the Barrie Colts at the Barrie Molson Centre Saturday night. (ZACH MACPHERSON/QMI Agency/Files)

PETER RUICCI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

Jamie Lewis, a member of the Ontario Hockey League's North Bay Battalion, has been suspended for eight games following an anti-doping rules violation.

The announcement was made Wednesday night by the Canadian Hockey League and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

The violation resulted from a urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control in May, which revealed the presence of methylhexaneamine, a prohibited stimulant.

Under the rules of the CHL anti-doping policy, the suspension for a first violation is eight games.

In a prepared statement, CHL president Dave Branch, commissioner of the OHL, said Lewis and the Battalion hockey club were cooperative throughout the investigation process.

“We are completely satisfied that the player used a supplement which he had purchased over the counter at a local retail outlet and had no knowledge that it contained a prohibited substance,” Branch said.

“Athletes who choose to use supplements must be very careful about the source and purpose of their products,” said Paul Melia, president and CEO of the CCES.

The 19-year-old Lewis is a Richmond Hill, Ont., product who has played three seasons with the Battalion and is eligible to return in the fall as an overage.

The centre scored eight times and assisted on 17 others in 67 games for North Bay during the 2013-2014 season.


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