NHL and Caps Response to Steroid Allegations

May 27, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

A man arrested (Richard Thomas) in Florida yesterday for possession of anabolic steroids bragged to law enforcement officials that he has sold the performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals, according to a report from Tampa Bay Online.

Here is an official NHL response and one from the Capitals as well:


“The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players were subjected to no-notice testing three times in each of the past two seasons pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and there was no indication of any improper conduct or wrongdoing.

“Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation.”

— Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner


“We have no reason to believe there is any merit to this story, but the National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals take all such allegations seriously. Capitals players have fully participated in the NHL’s random drug testing program, and at no point has a Capitals player tested positive. In addition our players have been tested at international events, such as World Championships and Olympics. We welcome and will fully cooperate with the NHL’s investigation.”

— Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals president

Also, Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post has some feedback from Brooks Laich and Donald Brashear on the allegations. See http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider