The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - August 19th, 2013

Thearon W. Henderson

The NHL will not bring in human growth hormone tests this season.

The NHL is at least a season away from implementing a drug-testing program to detect human growth hormone, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email Wednesday.

“Our Performance Enhancing Substances Program Committee (PESPC) has discussed on multiple occasions over the summer the process for development and implementation of an HGH testing program,” Daly said.

“Part of our initial action plan is to educate our Players about the issue and about our agreed-upon intention to develop and implement a reliable testing plan. I expect that education portion of the process to take place during Training Camp and over the first several months of the season. Development and actual implementation of a testing program will take a little more time. While I can’t give you an exact timetable, I think it is safe to assume no testing program with disciplinary consequences will be in place prior to the 2014/15 season at the earliest.”

Some college players have been released.

Two American college hockey players have been released by their team following a race-fuelled fight earlier this month.

Preston Hodge, 21, and Matt White, 25, were let go by the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Friday. Another Mavericks player, 23-year-old Alex Simonson, has been "suspended pending further investigation by the athletic department."

The death of the 16 year old junior player has some investigating the health testing done on individuals.

In the hockey world, Jordan’s death has focused renewed attention on the extent of screening that should be mandatory for young athletes – a debate that eludes simple answers or recommendations for broader testing.

Basic diagnostic tests such as electrocardiograms (EKG) aren’t conducted as a matter of course for junior players.

In the QMJHL, as in other leagues across the country, it’s up to individual teams to decide how far they want to go in their screening. Typically, a player is examined first by his family physician – most major-junior league rookies are minors and must receive their parents’ consent – who completes the medical history questionnaire.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mile High Hockey

You must be a member of Mile High Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Hockey. You should read them.

Join Mile High Hockey

You must be a member of Mile High Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker