Found August 15, 2013 on Around The Rink:
Jonathan Toews had some excellent comments regarding PED usage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) As sports fans, we are witnessing the start of an era in which professional sports leagues are going to crack down harder than ever on players using performance enhancing drugs. The Biogenesis scandal has brought the story of PEDs in baseball to the forefront once again, as the league handed out twelve 50-game suspensions and a near-lifetime ban for Alex Rodriguez. Drug testing has been ramped up in the NFL this offseason, and many players have received 4-game suspensions for their actions. And let’s not get too far in depth on the Lance Armstrong saga. But what does all this mean for the NHL? Are there already PEDs in the league? In this day and age, when the competition to make it to the big leagues is intense, there may honestly be some players that have gone to those treatments as a way to improve their skills. The way that PEDs have had such resounding impacts on other sports, hockey fans must at least entertain the possibility that the NHL has been tainted. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews echoed a similar sentiment in a radio segment Wednesday. Here is Toews’ brilliant and very well thought-out remarks on the matter, courtesy of The Score: “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. 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).” NHL drug testing was a topic of discussion during the past lockout, and NHLPA president Donald Fehr did his very best to protect the players. Fehr, who served in the same role with Major League Baseball in the early 2000s, instituted a policy in which players’ records and samples were destroyed after being tested, and he has gotten a similar clause in the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement, according to Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski. Toews is absolutely right: the more testing the NHL performs, the better the game will be. But in light of current events, it would be poor judgement to blindly believe that not one NHL player today is benefiting from performance enhancing drugs. Follow us on Twitter - @ATRSportsKings Around the Rink Columnist Joe Ray - @joeray119

Jonathan Toews believes steroids are in the NHL

Jonathan Toews had some interesting comments regarding steroid use in the NHL in a recent interview with Sportsnet The Fan 590. Toews stated that he believes it's "naive" to think that there aren't steroids in the NHL and he'd like to see the league test players more often. The bulk of Toews' comments can be seen below: I think it would...

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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...

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With all the talk of PED use in baseball and football one has to wonder if there are users in the NHL.  On Wednesday Jonathan Toews, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, was asked about PEDs while appearing on Sportsnet 590. “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. But at the end of the day whether you...

Jonathan Toews Says It Would Be ‘Naive’ to Think NHL Is Free of PEDs

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Just Blackhawks star Marian Hossa eating pierogi out of the cup

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Marian Hossa ate pierogies out of the Stanley cup

Many, many random things have been in the Stanley Cup. The perfunctory champagne and other kinds of liquor, Fruit Loops, Kris Draper's kid's poop. Now, thanks to Marian Hossa and his day with the Stanley Cup, you can add pierogies to that list. From Philip Pritchard, the keeper of the Cup: Eating perogies out of the #stanleycup: Hossa style. @NHL @HockeyHallFame @KellyHockeyHall...

Love It – Marian Hossa Eating Pierogies Out Of The Stanley Cup

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Nashville’s Unique Ticket Plan

from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck, The controversial aspect of this plan involves bundling each single-game ticket for a Chicago Blackhawks matchup (Saturday November 16, Tuesday December 17, and Saturday April 12) with the purchase of a ticket to another game. So if you're planning a trip from the Windy City, you can either make another trip to Smashville during the...
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