NHL drug scandals coming

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

You have to give Major League Baseball credit for going hard after drug cheats (Biogenesis scandal) and implementing a true, year-round, testing protocol — something all North American professional sports leagues haven’t done. See NHL.

Frankly, even with the recent upgrades to the CBA, the NHL’s drug testing program is still laughable. The league’s off-season drug protocol is not fully comprehensive.

Drug cheats are best served using steroids, human growth hormone, etc. in the off-season.

The new NHL CBA talks about a limited number of tests in the off-season. Not good enough. To truly deter cheating, testing protocols have to be comprehensive, year-round programs.

This also bugs me: The new NHL CBA agreement calls for a program committee “to study the issue of HGH testing” and whether or not to establish a testing program for HGH.

What the hell is that?

Of course HGH testing should be included.

Why is the NHL dragging its feet on this? Mark my word. As a result of this lax protocol, there will be drug scandals in the NHL. Hockey people who think that NHL players wouldn’t use PEDs have their heads buried in the sand.

You don’t use PED’s just to bulk up. You also use them to train harder, recover quicker, etc.


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