The National Hockey League was just hours from the biggest series of the entire season when controversy kicked off and took everybody’s attention off the upcoming Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
That was because a video surfaced on social media showing Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov seated near a table with two lines white powder that looks a lot like cocaine.
Russian professional hockey player has since denied that he was doing anything.
“I have never used drugs and I am not going to get involved in this. If I have questions, I am ready to undergo a medical examination at any time,” Kuznetzov told the Russian news outlet Sport-Express on Monday. “This video year. It was the summer of 2018 in Vegas, when we won the Stanley Cup. By the past World Cup is all the more irrelevant. I just went to my friends in the room. When I saw what was happening there–unfamiliar women, strange substances on the table—he called a friend and left there as soon as possible.”
The Washington Capitals immediately released a statement:
The 27-year-old won the bronze medal with Russia at the Hockey World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia just this past weekend. He led the Capitals in scoring in their run to the 2018 Stanley Cup, pouring in 12 goals in 21 playoff games.