With the MLB about to be ravaged with more suspension news from the Biogenisis investigation and the NFL always handing out discipline for drug and substance abuse issues, the one sport you never hear of in regards to PED use is the NHL.
Squeaky clean. Almost too squeaky.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post looks at this matter in his Sunday's Slap Shots column.
"I mean, 2,011 players have appeared in at least one game since the NHL reopened for business following the 2004-05 canceled season, and not one — not one? — has been a user?"
It's a sterling reputation to uphold. The NHL's minute problem are its players abusing steroids, HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs. Congratulations -- you still have men, however, abusing painkillers and sleeping pills like they were candy and team doctors acting as bookies and enablers in some cases (the league and NHLPA are in a legal battle with Derek Boogaard family over this issue).
But I digress...the only player within recent memory to have a PED reference attached to his name was Alex Ovechkin, but nothing ever came of it and was deemed baseless. Aside from that, the NHL, who uses Olympic style testing, remains pure to its sport.
Which leads us to today's open thread topic: Do you think there are any NHL players on 'the gear?' Taking PEDs and not getting caught? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
Didn't the Rangers 2007 1st round pick of Russian Prospect Alexei Cherepanov that had passed away get accused of taking PEDs? I could be wrong but here is the link to his wiki page..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Cherepanov
Both players test positive for stanzolol a steroid that makes your stamina insane and strength and speed for anyone who knows steroids street name is winstrol
For the record - Sean hill was caught for steroids in 06-07, and Brian Berard in 05. to this day, the only two players caught
Stick speed harder shots and recovery time btwn shifts recovery btwn games skating speed is the best part of hgh
So PEDs help hockey players recover faster? If that's the case, judging by last season's performances, I think the Rangers' dealer is selling them the HGH equivalent of a bag of oregano!
A close friend of mine worked for a research clinic in LA. Her company was paid by different organizations in different professional sports to test their players for drugs and PEDs. The info was kept internally within each club. It was for their eyes alone. But, when the conseco book came out and the reports that followed, her building was raided by DEA and FBI agents. Fully armed they herded all te employees j to a room and then grabbed all the hardrives, and took off. I asked her afterwards "how bad is it?" She said, "you have no idea!" I replied "the NHL", she said, "they are just as bad." I say, legalize them, control them, and stop lying.
I play in adult competitive industrial league and use HGH I'm not huge 5 8 185 solid and the recovery time is incredibly insane so I do believe these guys r using just not getting caught
hgh and peds are used in every sport... it makes for a better product and makes the league look bad if the media or public finds out so the leagues all hide it... shit the mlb knew what was going on they just swept it under the rug untill jose canseco wrote a tell all book so now they go overboard with drugtesting to try to save face.. gaurantee ovechkin was using and it leaked when it wasnt supposed to
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Possibly, I wouldn't be too surprised. Guys in the NHL aren't that big, however, so the lack of cases of it happening is less surprising to me.
Larry Brooks is a moron. Sean Hill, of the islanders, no less, was suspended for 20 games back in 2007. In 2006 Bryan Berard and Jose Theodore both tested positive before the Olympics and were suspended from International play.
That being said, if the policy that was in place then is the same policy that's in place now, I'm sure people are using. In 2007, most players were tested
Although peds are illegal and unfair in terms of muscle growth, they still dot help you hit a bAseball,score a goal or a touchdown. To reference baseball I don't believe Peds made Ryan Braun what he is, I think he was a very talented player who got caught up in the mess
There are PED's being used in every sport...and extensively. As another reader stated it is moronic to think otherwise. Becoming, or succeeding at the pro level is the difference between bussing tables after you are 25, or having enough money for generations of wealth (with even avg. ROI) Any advantage will be sought and any EXISTING (and likely any ever) punishment by far worth the risk.
There is always a way to stay in front. That is a simple truth of human activity.
Hockey players are NOT clean, nor are any of the big money sports. And I would say that it is the majority of the players.
Humans (like all animals) seek competitive advantage at ALL costs, and becoming, or extending, or performing better as a professional athlete is possibly one of the greatest competitive advantages in terms of impact on life that any animal has ever had. Stop being silly people. It is what it is.
Here's some fuel to the fire for those who believe PED use is going on but not brought to the news: CBA language that allows old samples to be destroyed? http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/destroying-samples-nhl-drug-testing-policy-gets-curious-165627696.html
There have to be guys on HGH but I can't imagine anyone using anabolic steroids and playing hockey. I'm sure there's stuff guys are using that are either not illegal yet or we've never heard of.
Every other major sport in the world has PED problems, to one to one extent or another, to believe the NHL is clean is not only naive, but also moronic. I'm not saying it's prevalent, but there's no doubt in my mind that some players are using it.
@gravey94 LOL. Now that's funny gravy!
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@tygalpin Steroids & PED use doesn't make you big. That combined with weight training and proper diet does. However, some PEDs allow your body to recover from intense activity much quicker than otherwise possible.
Just because an athlete isn't 'big' does not mean he's not using PEDs.
@FREE LINDBERG ^ FTW!
...once, and the max any one player was tested was 3 times.
I think it's clear you can split the sports up based on simple characteristics that then coincide with drug use. Baseball and Football both rely on pure strength. Hitting a ball or tackling an opponent is easier with better reflexes and more strengths. But in hockey and basketball, where drug use seems to be less common, the challenge becomes recovery. Getting ready from game to game, and its more likely that
@JosephCosolito Barry Bonds was a HOFer when he was a thin hitting machine in Pittsburgh. He became other-worldly when he started on the juice. It wasn't because he could hit the ball further, it was because the HGH allowed him to speed everything up. Remember, when he was hitting HRs in SF, he would either walk or hit a home run. It's because he knew his bat speed was ridiculous, so he could actually recognize the pitch and whether it would be a ball or strike before swinging. I have no idea what they would do for hockey players, but I imagine recovery and maybe speed of release would be the areas where they would benefit.
@JosephCosolito ur rite.. what they do is allow u to be the best ryan braun u can be night in and nite out by giving u the energy... also with peds and workout u do become stronger and u will hit the ball further but it only makes great players better... forgot the guys named but one guy who was suspended for use had zero career homeruns
@JosephCosolito Nope they absolutely do. Hitting a baseball, scoring a touchdown, scoring a goals doesn't happen in a vacuum. If you are stronger and even more important recover faster than you will do any of those things more. So instead of hitting it to the warning track with all of your natural skill and regular strength and recovery you hit it over the fence. Instead of a soft grounder that you slightly mishit b/c of fatigue you now square up with "not tired" mechanics and hit for a line drive single. PED's help with everything!
Take two athletes who are EXACTLY the same and give PED's to one...he wins 999/1000. There's no way around it.
@jmacwilli thank you!... like i said its also not a good look for the leagues so why would they test and release test results to the public and let everyone know whos using... ive been saying the mlb is so stupid for how hard they investigate ped use.. just do ur tests no reason to do police work to make ur league look worse... its very easy for a league to say they test and not test or to lose the test results
@CareyBrandsdorfer yea id say in general most people in sports dont use anabolic steroids.. theres too many side effects.. hgh is the best and safest way to go and its the hardest to test for... people have different levels of testosterone in there body already so ud have to have really high levels to warrant a suspension
Players are taking move unique supplements designed for recovery that the league isn't testing for
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