NEW YORK – The NHL is handing Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka a 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA performance-enhancing substances program.
Konopka accepted full responsibility in a statement issued today by the NHL Players’ Association.
He says he ingested an over-the-counter product that – unknown to him – contained a substance that violated the program.
The 33-year-old centre had three points and 88 penalty minutes in 59 games this past season.
Konopka’s contract expires at the end of the post-season and the suspension will be served at the beginning of any new contract.
The Sabres did not make the playoffs.
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