May 15, 2014 2:13 pm
Updated: May 15, 2014 2:18 pm

Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka suspended for 20 games

Nashville Predators' Paul Gaustad (28) pushes the jersey into the face of Buffalo Sabres' Zenon Konopka (24) as he throws a punch during a fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

AP Photo/Gary Wiepert

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.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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