It was way back in May when the National Hockey League was set on fire after a video surfaced allegedly showing Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov seated near a table with two lines white powder that looked like cocaine.
The Russian professional hockey player adamantly denied any and all accusations.
“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. “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.”
Fast forward to August and it seems that Evgeny was a huge liar as he has been suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation for four years after he tested positive for cocaine at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on May 26. He will be eligible to return on June 12, 2023.
Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov — one of the biggest stars in hockey — has been suspended from international play after testing positive for booger sugar.
… and after a video surfaced showing Evgeny in a hotel room with lines of white powder chopped up on a table, it’s really no surprise to anyone.
Here’s the deal … back in May, the footage surfaced on social media showing Evgeny in a room with a woman with white lines on a table next to a rolled up dollar bill.
The NHL put out a statement saying, “Unlike the IIHF, cocaine is not considered a performance enhancing drug and is therefore not a Prohibited Substance under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.”
The 27-year-old won the bronze medal with Russia at the Hockey World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia earlier this year and also led the Capitals in scoring in their run to the 2018 Stanley Cup, pouring in 12 goals in 21 playoff games.
Kuznetsov is under contract through the Capitals until 2024-25.