Defenseman Sean Hill returned from his suspension, playing his first game for the Wild.
Sean Hill, the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy, signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
Islanders defenseman Sean Hill was hit with a 20-game suspension by the NHL on Friday -- just hours before New York faced elimination from the playoffs -- for violating the league's drug policy.
The drug policy in the NHL's new labor deal was criticized for "loopholes" and "inadequate testing" by the heads of the congressional committee that grilled Mark McGwire and has proposed legislating steroid testing in pro sports.
The NHL hasn't had to deal with a steroid scandal yet, which is exactly why mandatory testing should be in the next CBA.
It is rare for a pro sports league to have the chance to get out in front of scandal. But that's exactly where the NHL and its players are in terms of their drug-testing policy.
The NHL believes it has a solid, evolving drug-testing policy. World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound thinks it's a sham. And the testing debate rages on.
The new drug-testing policy is in effect, and Terry Frei says test away. There will never be a big drug epidemic in hockey.
The NHL is set to introduce a new drug-testing policy with stiff penalties for players who test positive for performance-enhancing substances, The Canadian Press reported Thursday.
A list of notable NHL players who have either been suspended or have had an encounter with the league's substance-abuse policy in its various forms.