Between the recent MLB suspensions, the NFL talking about implementing Human Growth Hormone testing, and various professional and Olympic athletes testing positive for banned substances, PEDs have remained prominent in the headlines for much of 2013.
For the most part, though, the National Hockey League has kept its nose clean and managed to stay out of these types of headlines.
However, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews feels there are some NHLers that do potentially use PEDs.
“I think it would be naive to say that there’s no one in the NHL that is trying to get the edge in that fashion,” Toews told Joey Vendetta on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday.
“But at the end of the day whether you get caught now or not, down the road at some point those sort of things come out as we’ve seen in Major League Baseball and cycling.”
The 25-year-old two-time Stanley Cup champ added that he feels that if you’re a cheater, “someone is going to save their own butt and throw you under the bus. And that’s your legacy. That’s what people remember. That you’re a cheater and you took performance-enhancing drugs.”
Toews, who undergoes multiple drug screenings each season like all NHLers, added that he doesn’t have much sympathy for athletes that are caught using PEDs and explained that he’s in favour of more drug tests.
“I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn’t know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they’re doing,” Toews said.
“The more tests the better. It protects the guys that are being fair and are putting good things into their body. So I have no problem with (more testing).”