Capitals' Kuznetsov suspended by the NHL for positive cocaine test

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov will be suspended to start the NHL season, according to the Washington Post.

Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine while representing the Russian national team at the World Championships in May, earning a four-year ban from international play. This was only weeks after a video surfaced of the Caps' forward, seen in a hotel room with what looked like cocaine on the table.

The IIHF considers cocaine a performance enhancing drug. The NHL does not, so with only one positive test under his belt, the suspension isn't too harsh. Kuznetsov met with Commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this week to review his conduct which then resulted in the news.

When the video surfaced, the Capitals centre denied ever using the drug. Turns out that was a lie.

4 years versus 3 games? When will the NHL start taking Cocaine serious?

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