Simon says watch what you ingest

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

As a friend, Chris Simon feels awful for Bryan Berard.

However, as an NHL hockey player, the Calgary Flames forward sees Berard's positive drug test as a wake-up call for everyone in the league.

"I don't know everything that happened with that but I know him personally and was really surprised," Simon said yesterday. "We'll know more when he talks about it."

That said, Simon is quick to say there are no excuses for a positive test, even if it's caused by an unknown ingredient in a protein shake.

"As a player, you're responsible for what you put in your body. I don't make excuses," Simon said. "It's something you have to be responsible for."

Berard tested positive in November for 19-norandrosterone, which he said came from a supplement he took last summer.

Because the test was not part of the league's program that began this week, he will not face any discipline from the NHL. He has been banned from international competition for two years. He has reportedly passed two voluntary tests since.

Simon regularly uses protein supplements, like almost every player in the NHL, and said he only ingests products certified by the league to be legal.

Some players went for tests before the league's program began to ensure products they'd been using were clean.

Simon believes vigilance will keep to a minimum the number of athletes found with banned substances.

"I don't think you're going to see very many positive tests coming out in the next couple of weeks," he said.

Jarome Iginla was tested earlier this week, and has been tested several times throughout his career.

"No news is good news. I haven't heard anything and don't expect to," he said.


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