Evgeny Kuznetsov Barred From International Competition For 4 Years After Testing Positive For Cocaine - uSports.org

Log In

  • Home  /
  • News   / Daily Digest   /
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov Barred From International Competition For 4 Years After Testing Positive For Cocaine
Evgeny Kuznetsov Barred From International Competition For 4 Years After Testing Positive For Cocaine Full view

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 22: Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on February 22, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Evgeny Kuznetsov Barred From International Competition For 4 Years After Testing Positive For Cocaine

The NHL’s Evgeny Kuznetsov will not be eligible to play for his native Russia for the next four years after testing positive for cocaine. He will be able to play internationally starting June 12, 2023.

Kuznetsov failed a drug test while playing in the World Championships shortly before suiting up to play against Czechoslovakia. The governing body of the Ice Hockey World Championships, The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), administered the test on May 26, yet the statement on banning Kuznetsov for four years did not come until August 23, and will be retroactive to June 13.

The IIHF, comprised of 76 worldwide member associations “presides over ice hockey in the Olympic Games, and over the IIHF World Championships at all levels, men, women, juniors under-20, juniors under-18 and women under-18,” according to its website. Being banned from IIHF-regulated events not only covers World Championships, but will also cover the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The NHL has yet to release a statement of their own, yet on their website, a post from Kuznetsov’s team, the Washington Capitals, appeared today:

“We are aware of the positive test result and related international sanction that has been imposed on Evgeny Kuznetsov. We are disappointed with this development and take this occurrence seriously. We understand that Evgeny has voluntarily sought help through the education and counseling program provided for in the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement and has agreed to a regular testing protocol relating to his involvement with that program. In addition, we are committed to ensuring he has the necessary support required to work through this situation. We will remain in contact with the NHL as they determine the next steps. Because of the sensitive nature surrounding this matter, there will be no further comment from us at this time.”

IN MEMORIAM: SPORTS FIGURES WHO DIED IN 2019 TRIBUTE SLIDESHOW

The NHL has not in recent times taken the same stance on cocaine as the IIHF. From the 2018-2019 list of suspensions in the NHL, only two suspensions have been for drugs, one of which was for performance enhancing drugs (20 games), the other for alcohol-abuse related issues (length dependent on treatment). Yet a statement by the NHL was made after an investigation on cocaine usage. In 2015, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview, “The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up. I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”

In this interview, it became clear that the NHL has a difference stance than the IIHF. The NHL instead makes a distinction between “performance enhancing drugs” and “recreational drugs” or “drug abuse.” The NHL focuses more on “treatment” in the case of recreational drugs. Austin Watson, the player who was suspended for alcohol abuse, was not suspended as punishment for ‘cheating’ as has been labeled for PED users, but instead was put in a program for rehabilitation.

Kuznetov issued a statement accepting responsibility and said he would not fight the suspension.

WATCH WORLD’S TOP ROCK CLIMBER’s uINTERVIEW:

Chat With uSports On Facebook! Get the latest news and interviews delivered directly to your Messenger!

Featured articles on uInterview.com

Written by RJ De La Espriella

Born in Panama City, Panama. Fell in love with sports while watching American TV and playing baseball at the local park. Dreamed of coming to Chicago to watch the White Sox play. Moved to Chicago, watched them play. Played basketball as well. Love football. Currently studying Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Latest News

Dwyane Wade Responds To People Trolling His Son Zion’s Appearance In Recent Family Photo

Dwyane Wade Responds To People Trolling His Son Zion’s Appearance In Recent Family Photo

Dwyane Wade responded to negative comments on Saturday regarding a recent family photo where his 12-year-old son Zion is seen…

NFL Fans On Twitter React To Eli Manning ‘Very Likely’ Starting For Giants Vs. Eagles In Week 14 [BEST GIFS]

NFL Fans On Twitter React To Eli Manning ‘Very Likely’ Starting For Giants Vs. Eagles In Week 14 [BEST GIFS]

As far as most NFL fans were concerned up until recently, Eli Manning‘s time with the New York Giants seemed…

Senators’ Mark Borowiecki, “Boro Cop,” Stops Attempted Robbery In Vancouver

Senators’ Mark Borowiecki, “Boro Cop,” Stops Attempted Robbery In Vancouver

The Ottawa Senators have their own superhero in defenseman Mark Borowiecki. The alternate captain managed to stop a theft on…

Tom Brady Free Agent In 2020: Will He Leave New England Patriots?

Tom Brady Free Agent In 2020: Will He Leave New England Patriots?

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (10-2) have all eyes on them this week as they host the Kansas…

Cam Newton To Undergo Foot Surgery, Set To Miss Rest Of 2019 Season

Cam Newton To Undergo Foot Surgery, Set To Miss Rest Of 2019 Season

Cam Newton has announced that he plans to undergo foot surgery and will miss the rest of the 2019 season.…

LaMelo Ball Believes He Should Be Drafted #1 Overall in 2020 NBA Draft

LaMelo Ball Believes He Should Be Drafted #1 Overall in 2020 NBA Draft

LaMelo Ball has been impressing NBA scouts in Australia and is projected by experts to be selected first overall in…

Ron Rivera Fired After 9 Seasons As Carolina Panthers Head Coach

Ron Rivera Fired After 9 Seasons As Carolina Panthers Head Coach

Ron Rivera was fired Tuesday after nine seasons as the Carolina Panthers Head Coach. Rivera leaves the team with an…

Lakers Hold On Against Nuggets 105-96 After Anthony Davis Needed An IV

Lakers Hold On Against Nuggets 105-96 After Anthony Davis Needed An IV

The Lakers held on to defeat the Nuggets 105-96 Tuesday night after multiple players suffered with flu-like symptoms. Head Coach Frank…

James Harden’s Dunk Not Counted As Rockets Lose To San Antonio In Double Overtime 135-133 Amid

James Harden’s Dunk Not Counted As Rockets Lose To San Antonio In Double Overtime 135-133 Amid

The Houston Rockets lost to San Antonio on the road Tuesday night, but it came after James Harden had a wide…

Cubs Do Not Offer Contract To Addison Russell Following 2 Years Of Controversy

Cubs Do Not Offer Contract To Addison Russell Following 2 Years Of Controversy

When the Chicago Cubs tendered contracts for the 2020 season to six arbitration-eligible players on Monday, infielder Addison Russell was…

Retired TE Rob Gronkowski Can No Longer Rejoin The Patriots This Season

Retired TE Rob Gronkowski Can No Longer Rejoin The Patriots This Season

Back in mid-October, former Patriots’ tight end and recently retired Rob Gronkowski teased the idea of coming out of retirement…

Giannis Antetokounmpo Unleashes Dunk On Julius Randle En Route To Bucks 132-88 Win

Giannis Antetokounmpo Unleashes Dunk On Julius Randle En Route To Bucks 132-88 Win

On Monday night in Milwaukee, the Bucks handled the New York Knicks on their home turf on their way to…