The Vegas Golden Knights issued the following statement, today, September 2, regarding the suspension of Nate Schmidt: (Pictured: Nate Schmidt at Absinthe – Photo courtesy of Fabian Pino / Spiegelworld).
“We were notified that the NHL has suspended Nate Schmidt for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. While we respect the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and are committed to its success, we strongly disagree with the suspension. We firmly believe that the presence of a trace of the banned substance was accidental and unintentional. Based on our conversations with Nate, analysis from independent medical experts and sworn testimony from the parties involved, we believe it is clear Nate was not able to reasonably ascertain how the substance entered his body. Nate is an honest person with high moral character and great integrity. We will stand by him and support him during this time.”
The Golden Knights will not be commenting further on the matter.
The NHL announced September 2, 2018 that Schmidt has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.