Washington Capitals Statement in Response to Steroids Investigation
Florida law enforcement authorities have continued their steroid investigation following the arrest of Florida resident Richard Thomas in May 2009. The Washington Capitals are not the target of this investigation, and there is no evidence that steroids were provided to any Capitals players.
This has been a thorough investigation, and we are satisfied that law enforcement, the NHL and our own internal investigation have not led to any link of steroid use by Capitals players.
The investigation included conversations with the Washington Capitals as far back as September 2009, and we were and have been fully cooperative and transparent in the past as well as today.
Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel, a Virginia chiropractor who was arrested today, is not affiliated with the Washington Capitals and is not the “team chiropractor,” as he has stated. Dr. Nagel’s office, however, has seen some of our players for standard, routine chiropractic services.
As part of the NHL’s drug policy, Capitals players are randomly tested up to three times per year by an independent testing agency, which sends the samples to the World Anti Doping Association for testing. Capitals players have been tested twice so far this year. At no time in our history has a Capitals player ever tested positive.
COMMENT: It is unfortunate that the Capitals have to respond to an investigation that to date has shown no linkage at all to their organization, especially when the club is just days away from clinching their first ever Eastern Conference regular season title which will shortly be followed by the franchise’s initial President’s Trophy (best NHL regular season record). In this day and age, however, crazy statements can lead to the perception of some as “guilty until proven innocent” and therefore force the release of memos such as this one.
Mike Green in Columbia on Saturday, March 27th
Live in the Baltimore area and want to meet Mike Green, the 2008-09 Norris Trophy Finalist who is currently the NHL’s leading scorer for defenseman? Well you have the chance on Saturday, March 27th at the Giant at 8805 Centre Park Drive in Columbia, MD from Noon to 1pm. #52 is doing a promotion in conjunction with Muscle Milk.