NHL suspends Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt
September 02, 2018 7:39 AM
by Staff & Wire Reports
The National Hockey League has suspended Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt for 20 games without pay for violating the terms of the Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
The Golden Knights issued the following statement:
“While we respect the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and are committed to its success, we strongly disagree with the suspension. We firmly believe that the presence of a trace of the banned substance was accidental and unintentional. Based on our conversations with Nate, analysis from independent medical experts and sworn testimony from the parties involved, we believe it is clear Nate was not able to reasonably ascertain how the substance entered his body.
“Nate is an honest person with high moral character and great integrity,” team officials continued. “We will stand by him and support him during this time.”
The Golden Knights will not be commenting further on the matter.
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