Alexei Cherepanov, who died after losing consciousness during a Russian Superleague game two months ago, had been taking banned substances, government investigators said on Monday.
With baseball still buzzing about the Mitchell Report, the NHL asserted Friday that widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs is not an issue among hockey players.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants Dick Pound to back up his claim that as many as one-third of hockey players use performance-enhancing drugs.
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.
Dick Pound's recent comments say more about the man and his organization than they do about the NHL and its players.