Dick Pound, the ex-president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said allegations of George Laraque about performance enhancing drugs in the NHL reinforce what he himself said six years ago.

Pound said in November 2005 that as many as a third of NHL players were using some kind of performance-enhancing drug.

“Anybody who pays attention to these things already knew that,” Pound said Monday from his Montreal law office. “The only organization in denial was the NHL.”