skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 22, 2015 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime.

Shawn Horcoff suspended 20 games for PED violations

The NHL has suspended Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff for 20 game games for taking performing enhancing drugs. Here’s the statement released on the Ducks website.

Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

Horcoff is probably one of the last people expected to take PEDs. He’s had a tough season, his first with the Ducks. The 37-year-old has a career low 10 points in 45 games, with just six goals.

General manager Bob Murray released a statement on Twitter.

“This morning we were made aware of the situation regarding Shawn Horcoff. The Anaheim Ducks organization fully supports the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We will also continue to support Shawn as a player and person throughout this process. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Here’s Horcoff’s explanation:

Horcoff isn’t the first player to be suspended for PEDs, as former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton and retired enforcer Zenon Konopka  were both given 20 game bans in 2014 for getting caught.

Horcoff will forfeit $357,526.88 during his suspension.manning18


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