Toews on PEDs: 'The more tests the better'

Toews on PEDs: 'The more tests the better'
August 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
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With all the talk about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, it can sometimes seem rare to hear comments about their use in other sports, such as hockey.

Well, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews addressed the contentious issue in an interview with a Canadian radio station on Wednesday.

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"I think it would be naive to say that there's no one in the NHL that is trying to get the edge in that fashion," Toews told Sportsnet The Fan 590. "But at the end of the day, whether you get caught now or not, down the road at some point those sort of things come out as we've seen in Major League Baseball and cycling.

"Eventually ... someone is going to save their own butt and throw you under the bus. And that's your legacy. That's what people remember: that you're a cheater and you took performance-enhancing drugs.

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"I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn't know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they're doing. So the more tests the better. It protects the guys that are being fair and are putting good things into their body. So I have no problem with (more testing)."

According to this summary of the interview from the London (Ontario) Free Press, the NHL's drug policy requires two in-season tests. There's also the potential for offseason testing, which could affect as many as 60 players.