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Added March 14th, 2016 by Ian
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Arizona Coyotes’ Jarred Tinordi suspended 20 games

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi of the Arizona Coyotes was handed a 20-game suspension by the NHL on March 10th for violating the hockey league’s drug policy. Tinordi will also have to forfeit his salary during the length of the ban. The NHL and NHLPA (NHL Players’ Association) has a program in place which deals with performance -enhancing drugs and Tinordi is just the fifth player to be suspended in it. However, he’s the second this season. According to the policy, Tinordi must also be evaluated and treated if needed for a possible drug problem.

After being informed of the suspension, Tinordi released a statement through the NHLPA which said, “I am extremely disappointed that I failed a test under the NHL/NHLPA performance-enhancing substances program. I did not knowingly take a banned substance. I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension. I will work hard towards my return to the ice and will learn from this frustrating setback.”

The Coyotes were also disappointed especially since Tinordi was just acquired by the club in January. Arizona traded enforcer John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens for him and Tinordi has no points in seven contests with his new club to go along with 12 minutes in penalties. As is usually the case when a player is suspended after failing a drug test, his club’s management came out and said that it supported the league’s drug program and will also support the player during the ordeal.

Tinordi has been a bit of a bust since being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round with the 22nd overall pick back in the summer of 2010. The 24-year-old native of Burnsville, Minnesota has played just 53 career NHL games with the Canadiens and Coyotes and has recorded just half a dozen assists along with 78 minutes in penalties. The 6-foot-6-inch defenceman didn’t have a particularly impressive career as a youngster with the U.S. National Under-18 Team and the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and many people didn’t understand was he was taken so early in the draft.

Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL, said the league doesn’t believe Tinordi was traded by Montreal to Arizona because the club was aware of the player’s performance-enhancing substance abuse. But when he was dealt on January 15th Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin stated that the move was made because of other factors, which he failed to elaborate on. However, Daly told the media that NHL teams aren’t told the results of drug tests until the league has been notified.

 
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