Hockey Canada comes clean

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

TURIN -- Team Canada shouldn't have to face any hair-raising dilemmas.

While Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore tested positive for using a banned substance that promotes hair growth, Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson doesn't anticipate any doping woes at the Olympics.

Nicholson believes all 26 players on Canada's roster have been tested by the International Olympic Committee's drug police and he hasn't been made aware of any problems. Theodore was on Canada's original long list of 81 players, but wasn't selected by executive director Wayne Gretzky to come to Turin.

"We've done a good job educating our players any time they've put on the Canadian jersey and we're going to continue to do that," Nicholson said yesterday. "Something could happen in the future, but I feel we've done a very good job educating ... everything will be fine here at the Olympics."

PRESCRIBED DRUG

Though Theodore is trying to appeal the drug test because he was using Propecia -- a prescribed medicine -- World Anti Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound told Rogers Sportsnet he believes it's too late for the goalie to reveal that fact. That means he'll be barred from international competition for the next two years.

"The time you get your therapeutic exemption is before you are caught, not after," Pound said.

Hockey Canada is trying to help Theodore and the Habs deal with the issue.

"We're there any way we can to support Jose," Nicholson said. "He has been great for Hockey Canada and I know the Montreal Canadiens and the league are working through this. We'll be there to help any way we can."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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