Jets just say no to drugs

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

BUFFALO - Georges Laraques claim of performance enhancing drug use running rampant in the NHL was quickly refuted by several members of the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

When asked for a reaction to the former tough guys claims in his book The Story of the NHLs Unlikeliest Tough Guy, Jets forward Jim Slater took offence to the suggestion that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in todays NHL.

I dont know the reason for him to come out and say it right now, to be honest with you, said Slater. For me personally, Ive never seen any performance-enhancing drugs in the locker-room or around any of the players. I came in after the lockout, but Ive been around a lot of different guys and Ive never seen anything like that before. Its hard for me to know where he got it from.

The insinuation also bothers guys like Slater and others, who must adhere to a strict diet and workout program in order to maintain a level of fitness that is now the rule and not the exception in the NHL.

Theres a ton of guys in this locker-room that work hard in the summertime and eat right and do all of the right things, said Slater. To have someone come out and (allege steroids are an issue), the casual fan reads that and thinks everyone is doing it. Thats not the case at all.

Like I said, I dont know anybody thats ever done it.

Defenceman Sean Hill is the only player to be suspended under the NHL policy that was implemented coming out of the lockout in 2005, so its not like positive tests are getting swept under the rug.

Where does that come from? asked Jets forward Tanner Glass. (Laraques claim) is ridiculous. Its completely unfounded. What is he basing it on? The NHL has a drug-testing policy that they follow very strictly. I havent heard of one rumour ever in the past, other than this.

So a guy comes out and says it and suddenly, its true? I dont think so.

I dont know what to make of it, added Jets defenceman Mark Stuart. For me, I can just speak from experience and its something Ive never, ever seen in my years of playing. Maybe he saw it. I dont know when or with who. I dont have any experience with it.

Hes a pretty outspoken guy and hes just trying to do his thing after playing. I dont know what the angle is. At the end of the day, I have to worry about myself and what I do.


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