NHL says it doesn't expect to suspend Backstrom for positive test

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the substance for which Nicklas Backstrom tested positive is not on the NHL's banned list.
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The NHL says it does not expect to suspend Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom after his positive test for pseudoephedrine prior to the gold medal game.

Here's the full text of the NHL release, as attributed to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance

banned ‘in competition’ by the International Olympic Committee. It is our

further understanding that the positive test was the result of a common

allergy medication taken by the player knowingly, with the approval of the

team doctor and without the intention of gaining an illegal or improper

performance-enhancing benefit. In addition, the specific substance that

resulted in the positive test is not currently on the League’s Prohibited

Substances List.

“Subject to confirmation of the facts as we understand them, and

given the fact that the substance is neither prohibited in the NHL nor was

used in an improper manner here, we do not anticipate there being any

consequences relative to Nicklas’ eligibility to participate in games for

the Washington Capitals.”

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