The National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals today issued reactions to an uncorroborated allegation of steroids purchasing by members of the team, which first appeared in the Tampa Tribune yesterday. The frequency with which Capitals’ players have been tested for banned substances as part of the new CBA ought to be instructive in assessing the merits of this matter. We will however pay particular attention to Jeff Schultz’s physique come fall camp.
“The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players were subjected to no-notice testing three times in each of the past two seasons pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and there was no indication of any improper conduct or wrongdoing.
“Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation.”
— Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner
“We have no reason to believe there is any merit to this story, but the National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals take all such allegations seriously. Capitals players have fully participated in the NHL’s random drug testing program, and at no point has a Capitals player tested positive. In addition our players have been tested at international events, such as World Championships and Olympics. We welcome and will fully cooperate with the NHL’s investigation.”
— Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals president