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The NHL announced on Thursday afternoon that they have suspended Vegas Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov for 20 games without pay because he violated the league’s substance abuse program.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 17, 2019
This is the second consecutive abuse suspension that was handed to a Vegas Golden Knights player. Defenseman Nate Schmidt was suspended for 20 games for substance abuse on September 2, 2018. Zykov and Schmidt are the only two NHL players to test positive for banned substances in the past three years.
A second suspension for substance abuse will be 40 games long while a third will be 60. Zykov, 24, will be thrown out of the league if he is caught a fourth time.
“We were notified by the NHL and NHLPA that Valentin has violated the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We monitor the nutrition, supplement intake, and overall diet of our athletes on a continual basis throughout our entire season. Valentin knowingly used a banned substance without the consent, recommendation or knowledge of our team. We support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and respect the decision here.,” the Golden Knights said in a statement.
From The NHL
Vegas Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.
The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.
By Harrison Brown