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Saturday 24, Jan 2015

  Olympic Doping Appeal Of Backstrom Resolved With Reprimand

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Olympic Doping Appeal Of Backstrom Resolved With Reprimand

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has withdrawn his appeal against ruling of the International Olympic Committee that he violated World Anti-Doping Agency law.

Backstrom, the Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, was allowed to keep the silver medal he earned playing for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics last February. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Backstrom had not intended to gain any competitive advantage by using the medication.

According to a joint announcement between Backstrom, WADA, and the IOC, Backstrom agreed upon a reprimand that is the minimum application sanction permitted by the WADA code. The announcement said the final decision was reached for Backstrom to remove his appeal and the World Anti-Doping Agency to issue a reprimand after constructive discussions between Backstrom’s representatives and those of the IOC, WADA, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

It was also revealed by the announcement that at no time was Backstrom’s receipt of his Olympic silver medal at issue in the proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The announcement emphasized that Backstrom did not intend to enhance his sport performance by taking a prohibited substance, that the prohibited substance (PSE) was contained within a product Backstrom was taking for medical reasons, that Backstrom relied on the specific advice of his team doctor that his use of the product would not give rise to a positive sample, and that he openly disclosed the product on the doping control form at the time of the doping control.

Backstrom received the full support of Coach Barry Trotz, his teammates, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly when it emerged that the World Anti-Doping Agency had appealed the IOC’s decision to exonerate Backstrom. In early December, Daly said the NHL supports Nick in this circumstance and added that he thinks there were unfair circumstances surrounding the determination, and unfortunately it is still in litigation.

The 27-year-old Swede was judged to have committed an anti-doping rule violating on March 14, 2014 based on elevated pseudoephedrine levels. Backstrom tested positive for pseudoephedrine after Sweden’s win over Slovenia in the Olympic quarterfinals on February 19, 2014. The Washington Capitals centre claimed the stimulant was contained in a sinus medication he had been taking for allergies. Nicklas Backstrom was suspended and pulled from the Swedish team just hours before the February 23 gold-medal game, which Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada. The timing of the decision angered the Swedes who said it affected the team’s performance.

Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient found in his allergy medication not banned by the National Hockey League (NHL). This resulted in Backstrom getting barred from playing in the gold medal game. Later, Backstrom was awarded his silver medal in a ceremony in Sweden on August 28.

On April 2, 2014, Backstrom filed his appeal and challenged that an anti-doping rule violation had occurred. The World Anti-Doping Agency filed its appeal on October 9, 2014 and tried to counter ruling of the IIHF Disciplinary Committee that Backstrom had not violated the WADA code.

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Tuesday 03, Jan 2012

  Use of steroids rampant in NHL, says Laraque

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Georges Laraque said steroid use was commonplace for years in hockey dressing rooms.

In a new book, “The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy”, the retired NHL enforcer wrote that steroid use wasn’t limited to just the league’s bruisers.

No player who was making use of steroids was named by Laraque in the book.

Wednesday 21, Dec 2011

  Steroids and PEDs are a Problem in NHL

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Steroid and illegal drug use was a problem in the NHL not too long ago, according to ex-enforcer Georges Laraque.

Laraque talks about steroid use in the NHL in his new book, “The Story of the NHL’s Unluckiest Tough Guy.”

“Before a game, as I would warm up on the ice, I would always look at the tough guy on the other side,” he said. “If his arms were trembling, if his eyes were bulging, I knew for sure he wasn’t going to feel any of the punches I would give him.”

Wednesday 07, Dec 2011

  Controversy stoked by ex-NHL tough guys

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Two former NHL heavyweights, Georges Laraque and Andrei Nazarov, recently found the spotlight for different controversies.

Laraque says in his soon-to-be released biography, The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy that both tough guys and star players used steroids during his 11-year NHL career.

“Most of us knew who they were, but not a single player, not even me, would ever think of raising his hand to break the silence and accuse a fellow player,” Laraque wrote. “I don’t like snitches and will never be one.”

Thursday 24, Nov 2011

  Ex-WADA President not surprised by Laraque allegations

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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.”

Saturday 19, Nov 2011

  Steroid use was common in NHL

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Steroid use was commonplace for years in hockey dressing rooms, according to retired NHL enforcer Georges Laraque in a new book.

“I have to say here that tough guys weren’t the only players using steroids in the NHL,” Laraque wrote. “It was true that quite a lot of them did use this drug, but other, more talented players did too.

In his new book “The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy,” Laraque wrote, “Most of us knew who they were, but not a single player, not even me, would ever think of raising his hand to break the silence and accuse a fellow player.”

Friday 30, Oct 2009

  An epidemic happening in this NHL season

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An epidemic happening in this NHL seasonThere seems to be an epidemic happening at the NHL this season. More than a handful of NHL stars are taking a break due to broken bones.

This week, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk broke his bone in his right foot. He will be missing  on the next three to five weeks this season.

Two of Boston Bruins top forwards, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic will miss four to six weeks. Savard suffered a broken foot while Lucic had his finger broken.

Joining the list are Carolina forward Erik Cole with a broken leg, Vancouver winger Daniel Sedin with a broken foot, New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin with a broken arm and Pittsburgh blueliner Sergei Gonchar with a broken wrist.

With the rampant use of steroids use in the world of sports, it would be impossible not to suspect steroids as the main culprit for all these bones breaking. Many people, especially those in the medical field know that steroids can lead to brittle bones, which can increase chances of broken bones.

One thing good about NHL is that the league always subjects their players to drug testing before competing in international games such as the Olympics. Bryan Berard was previously caught positive forPEDs use by this particular NHL system before the Torino Games.

Friday 27, Mar 2009


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WHEN STEROIDS BECOME FATALIt is amazing that the use of steroids can go undetected under people’s noses. What is more remarkable is that they have knowledge of what this substance can do and yet its use is still tolerated in sports. There is no point of singling out just one sport because almost every one of them had a history of steroid use. What makes it more crazy is that despite the obvious physical evidence – increase in weight and muscle mass in a short period of time, more goals, more homeruns, athletes becoming bigger, buffer and faster, not to mention the positive urine tests – big time athletes continue to deny it to the point of facing perjury raps. It is downright vulgar.

Not until a string of scandals, deaths, and perjury charges had awakened everybody’s awareness did the sports organizations do something about this problem.

As the anti-doping agency continue to improve their programs in catching steroid users and dealers, the manufacturing of newer substances and methods to cheat on the detection tests have also increased. The government and sports organization officials should be more serious in imposing more stringent rules on substance use.

Monday 03, Mar 2008

  Steroids in Hockey – NHL (why not NFL?)

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hockey-steroidsIs hockey (NHL) the next target for congressional steroid probes? possible. It seems that a few representatives from NHL have been called into numerous meetings in political arenas to answer questions about possible anabolic steroids use as well as human growth hormone (HGH) use. Will this amount to new probes into Hockey/NHL instead of baseball steroid probes? we don’t know for sure. But, to be fair, the steroid probes should be pushing to target NFL players (if the true nature is to get to the bottom of steroid use) as NFL has the highest rate of Anabolic steroid and HGH use in any sport, just 2nd to bodybuilding. On any given day, you will find an NFL player (from any team) jacked up with at least 1000mgs of testosterone and at least 5-10 IUs of human growth hormone.  Why is NFL not on the target roster of steroid probes YET? simply because NFL is a big money maker, between the many football teams there is over $1,000,000,000 USD in revenue (that’s over 1 billion USD)

NHL Hockey and steroids discussion:

 ”The alleged benefits of steroid use — significant large muscle development – are not consistent with playing hockey at the highest level of the sport, and the resulting bulkiness attributable to steroid use simply is not the desired characteristic of skilled NHL players.”

NFL and why steroids will NEVER cause a problem for American Football:

 The National Football League is the most valuable and profitable team sport in the world. This year the average team is worth $733 million, a 17% increase over last year. Operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the 32 teams came in at $851 million on revenue of $5.3 billion, an operating margin of 16%.