Defenseman Jarred Tinordi will sit for the rest of the season after violating the NHL's performance enhancing substances policy. The new acquisition for the Arizona Coyotes has been suspended 20 games, which will roll into next season as the Coyotes have just 16 games left on their schedule in the 2015-16 calendar.
Jarred Tinordi suspended 20 games for violating performance enhancing drug policy pic.twitter.com/v85YIPtAml— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) March 9, 2016
Tinordi played just seven games with the Coyotes after being dealt from the Montreal Canadiens in the move that got John Scott out of Glendale before the All-Star Game. In 53 total games played in the NHL, Tinordi has just six points with 78 penalty minutes.
The 24-year-old is the second NHLer to be hit with a suspension this season after Ducks veteran Shawn Horcoff was also suspended 20 games for violating the same policy.
Tinordi released a statement on the suspension:
Jarred Tinordi says he didn't "knowingly" take a banned substance. pic.twitter.com/rJCxFdKQKb— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 9, 2016
"I am extremely disappointed that I failed a test under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. I did not knowingly take a banned substance. I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension. I will work hard towards my return to the ice and will learn from this frustrating setback."