Fehr fuming about having name dragged into steroid scandal

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

Eric Fehr admits it was a distraction, coming before one of the biggest games of the season.

The Winkler product was one of three members of the NHL’s Washington Capitals who earlier this week met with police investigating a doctor linked to a steroid scandal.

The news leaked as the Caps were getting ready to face the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday.

“We’re playing a big game against the Penguins and we weren’t really answering questions about the game,” Fehr said. “We’re asking questions about this steroid scandal, and there was nothing there to talk about, really. It’s kind of frustrating when your name is put in the media involving steroids, when you had absolutely nothing to do with it.”

Douglas Nagel, a chiropractor occasionally used by the Capitals, was arrested on steroid distribution charges Tuesday morning, although there’s no suggestion he supplied drugs to the players.

Players who’ve used his services include Matt Bradley, Shaone Morrisonn and Fehr, who says he saw Nagel for a back problem three years ago.

The three were bombarded with questions by the Washington media.

“I think it got too much attention, personally,” Fehr said. “A couple players went to see him to get routine work done, and he happened to be caught up in a steroid scandal and we kind of got dragged in.”

The distraction didn’t hurt the Caps on Wednesday, as they beat Pittsburgh, 4-3 in a shootout, Fehr scoring his 21st goal of the season.


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