By Martin Gallagher

Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov for testing positive to a prohibited substance and has been suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Kuznetsov’s case concerns a test that indicated a positive result for cocaine, according to the IIHF.

He was playing for Russia this summer at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and the prohibited substance was found during a doping control test which occurred on May 26. He has received a four-year ban for the positive test result.

“The player didn’t require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on 13th June 2019,” per a statement from the IIHF.

The Caps forward was not suspended by the NHL, but it remains unclear if he will escape punishment domestically.

Kuznetsov denied using cocaine over the summer after a mysterious video appeared in May showing him in a hotel room seated by a table with a white powdery substance and a rolled-up bill.

“Yes, I saw this video appear on the network,” Kuznetsov said in his statement, translated through Google. “I do not always have something to do with what is happening next to me. I have never used drugs and I am not going to get involved in this. If I have questions, I am ready to undergo a medical examination at any time.” 

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