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Kuznetsov Received a 4-Year Ban From International Hockey; What Could the NHL do?

On Friday morning, Evgeny Kuznetsov received a four-year suspension from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for testing positive for cocaine. The Russian forward of the Washington Capitals failed the test during the 2019 IIHF World Championships.

What Does It Mean For Kuznetsov

Kuznetsov will not be eligible to play any IIHF event. These events include the Olympics and the World Championships. According to multiple reports, the NHL will not penalize Kuznetsov with any penalty, suspension, or fine. 

The Viral Video

Earlier this summer Kuznetsov was caught on a video with cocaine lines on a table. The video released during the 2019 IIHF World Championships and Kuznetsov immediately denied any involvement with cocaine. He claimed he was at “wrong place, wrong time.”

How The NHL Is Dealing With The Situation

The Capitals forward will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss the incident.

According to the NHL, Kuznetsov had “voluntarily sought help through the education and counseling program provided for in the NHL and NHLPA collective bargaining agreement and has agreed to a regular testing protocol relating to his involvement with that program.”

 

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