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MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

The proof, claim the Maple Leafs, will be in the bottle.

With NHL players scheduled to undergo league-wide drug testing starting on Sunday, the Leafs hope to finally disprove the allegations of World Anti-Doping Agency leader Dick Pound, who suggested up to one-third of the league's players take some form of performance-enhancing substances.

"We did a dry run (of testing) earlier this season and less than a handful of the 700-plus players tested positive," Tie Domi said. "That in itself should send a message.

"This should finally shut up Dick Pound. He should not worry about our sport. We don't need Dick Pound making false statements about our game."

Players slated to participate in the Olympics next month, such as Swedes Mats Sundin and Mikael Tellqvist, already have been eligible to be tested for several months.

"I think our game is pretty clean and this should help prove that," Sundin said.

First-time offenders will receive a 20-game suspension; second-timers get 60 games; and a third time results in a permanent suspension.

"I was tested since I was 16 or 17 in Sweden. They're strict about that stuff there," Tellqvist said.

Critics claim the NHL's process has a major loophole because players will not be tested for stimulants such as those found in cold medications like Sudafed.


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