Today’s professional sports landscape is littered with PED discussions. MLB is fighting their never ending battle with them, the NFL is on the brink of implementing more stringent testing and even the NBA is at least paying the issue lip service.
The lone professional league that has been quiet in all of this is the NHL. Granted, hasn’t had players test positive for any PEDs so you could argue that they don’t have the problems the NFL and MLB have.
But making such an argument is “naïve” in the eyes of Jonathan Towes of the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I think it would be naive to say that there’s no one in the NHL that is trying to get the edge in that fashion,” the Chicago Blackhawks centre said on Sportsnet The Fan 590 Wednesday. “But at the end of the day, whether you get caught now or not, down the road at some point those sort of things come out as we’ve seen in Major League Baseball and cycling.
“Eventually … someone is going to save their own butt and throw you under the bus. And that’s your legacy. That’s what people remember: that you’re a cheater and you took performance-enhancing drugs.
“I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn’t know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they’re doing. So the more tests the better. It protects the guys that are being fair and are putting good things into their body. So I have no problem with (more testing).”
The current NHL drug testing policy requires players to take two drug tests during the season, one of which is random. As for offseason testing, only 60 players are allowed to be called in for a test. So it’s rather easy to see why the NHL hasn’t had a player test positive for anything.