Capitals' Kuznetsov Serves 4-Year Ban For Cocaine Use; Eligible To Play In International Hockey Events

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has completed a four-year ban for cocaine use, as confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The ban, which initially began under provisional circumstances on June 13, 2019, resulted from a positive cocaine test during the 2019 IIHF World Championships.

Although Kuznetsov faced a three-game suspension in the NHL, he is now eligible to return to international competition.

However, due to Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine, the country remains barred from participating in international play, limiting his options for representing his home country on the international stage.

While cleared for international competition, Kuznetsov's future with the Washington Capitals remains uncertain.

The 31-year-old forward, who recently recorded one of his lowest-scoring seasons in nearly a decade with 55 points in 81 games, is amidst trade talks with the Capitals.

The team is exploring their options and looking to revamp their top-6 roster. Additionally, Kuznetsov may consider exploring opportunities in other leagues like the KHL, but he will need to inquire directly about his eligibility with those organizations. Photo Credit:  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports