On Friday morning, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced that Evgeny Kuznetsov will be excluded from the international game for a period of four years after Kuznetsov had performed a positive test for a banned substance, cocaine.
] According to IIHF, Kuznetsov was tested on May 26 during the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2019. On June 13, he was suspended for the time being.
Russian striker Yevgeny Kuznetsov was suspended by the IIHF for four years after being tested positive for a banned substance at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2019. https://t.co/qLpqHGKlbT[19659002)-IIHF(HAIIHFHockey) August 23, 2019
The IIHF's test results contradict Kuznetsov's claim that he never used drugs on May 27.
The day after Kusnezov's IIHF test, a video posted on Twitter showed the Capitals Center in an unspecified hotel room in the presence of a white powder. Kusnezov said the video was recorded in Las Vegas in the summer of 2018, after the capitals won the Stanley Cup. He denied, however, the use of the substance.
"Yes, I saw the video on the internet," Kuznetsov said in his reply, published on sport-express.ru and translated by Igor Kleyner of RMNB. "I do not necessarily have anything to do with what's going on around me, I've never taken drugs, and I have no intention of getting involved with them, so if there's any questions, I'm ready to take tests."  The Capitals and the NHL carried out investigations and acknowledged Kuznetsov.
Cocaine falls under Section 6A of WADA's Prohibited Substances List.
The NHL officially began in 2017 to have all players on recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana The NHL, unlike its mainstream sports league counterparts, the NFL, the MLB and the NBA, does not ban the use of cocaine and suspensions of players for the benefit of the drug.
Kuznetsov's international ban June 2023. He will miss the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Russian Center has recently posted all posts on its Instagram page prior to the announcement deleted from the IIHF.
More from the IIHF:
IIHF has suspended Russian hockey player Yevgeny Kuznetsov for violating the World Anti-Doping Code Article 2.1 (presence of a banned substance).
The case concerns a test indicating a prohibited substance, cocaine, according to section S6.a (unspecified substance) of the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code 2019. The banned substance was found in a doping control that took place on May 26, 2019 at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2019.
The player did not need to analyze his B sample and was provisionally suspended on June 13, 2019.
The blocking period is four years and ends on June 12, 2023.
Cover photo: Elizabeth Kong