News

Sabres’ Konopka suspended 20 games for positive test

Sabres’ Konopka suspended 20 games for positive test

SUSPENDED:Sabres center Zenon Konopka (24) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver (43) go after the puck during the second period at First Niagara Center. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended 20 games after testing positive for a banned substance, the National Hockey League said on Thursday.

Konopka, whose contract with the Sabres expires with the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season, said his positive test was the result of taking an over-the-counter product that violated the league’s performance enhancing substances program.

“Unfortunately, I did not take the necessary care to ensure that the product did not contain a prohibited substance,” Konopka said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association.

“I want to stress, however, that I did not take this substance for the purpose of enhancing my athletic performance.”

The NHL said the term of Konopka’s suspension will be served at the beginning of any new contract.

Konopka had three points in 59 games last season, which he started with the Minnesota Wild before being claimed off waivers by Buffalo in January.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Langfelder to Announce Police Chief Pick Tuesday

Fresh
6-3-15 Springfield Police Chief Forum

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder will announce his pick for police chief Tuesday.

in Local

Blood Center Opens New Donor Center

6-29-15 Blood Center

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is officially in its new home.

in Local

Lincoln College to Become University Again

David Gerlach Lincoln College

The just-installed president of Lincoln College says the college will become a university again.

in Local

Trump Campaigns in Chicago; Stands by Illegal Immigrant Comments

trump_chicago

Donald Trump's speech in Chicago included many defenses on his immigration stance.

in Local

Rauner to State Workers: You Will Get Paid

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

State employees will continue to be paid for working if there's no state budget agreement by Wednesday.