One-time International Olympic Committee member and former chairman of the the World Anti-Doping Agency Dick Pound is still adamant that the NHL has a drug problem that the league refuses to address.â†µ
"I'd stick with my numbers. Hockey has been in denial for a long time," said Dick Pound, an International Olympic Committee member who was the keynote speaker at the Queen's Sports Industry Conference at the Days Inn last night.â†µ
Pound contends that the NHL doesn't have a problem with steroids, as is the case with the MLB and the NFL, but with over-the-counter stimulants.â†µ
In the past few years, a pair of former NHL players, Dave Morissette and Stephane Quintal, have said that the use of stimulants, including Sudafed, is common in the league.â†µ
The NHL's drug-testing policy, which began in 2006, doesn't test for performance-enhancing drugs during the playoffs or off-season.â†µ
When you sit back and think about it, it seems rather odd that a sport that requires such a high level of athleticism has yet to see any major issues with performance-enhancing drug use. Whether it's steroids or Sudafed, you have to wonder if the NHL, especially as they try to rebuild after the lockout, is turning a blind eye in the name of league success.