NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly Comments on Cocaine Use Among Players

October 5th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly suggested the apparent increased use of cocaine among players is a phase a small cluster of individuals are going through and is not indicative of a major problem.

TSN's Rick Westhead reported what Daly said on the matter Monday, as the NHL has begun negotiations with the NHL Players Association to add cocaine to the league's list of banned substances to monitor:

The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up. I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again. I'd be shocked if we're talking about a couple dozen guys. I don't want to be naive here ... but if we're talking more than 20 guys I'd be shocked. Because we don't test in a comprehensive way, I can't say.

Among the players to be arrested for cocaine-related offenses in recent memory are Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll in April and Ryan Malone in April 2014.

Matthew Cauz of TSN 1050 weighed in on Monday's report:

Per Westhead, under the current collectiv ...

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