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HGH in NHL

Postby Factorial on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:20 pm

After Braun's recent suspension from MLB, I wondered whether the NHL players were being tested for HGH.

No current testing for HGH.

The new NHL CBA talks about a limited number of tests in the off-season. Not good enough. To truly deter cheating, testing protocols have to be comprehensive, year-round programs.

This also bugs me: The new NHL CBA agreement calls for a program committee “to study the issue of HGH testing” and whether or not to establish a testing program for HGH.

What the hell is that?

Of course HGH testing should be included.

Why is the NHL dragging its feet on this? Mark my word. As a result of this lax protocol, there will be drug scandals in the NHL. Hockey people who think that NHL players wouldn’t use PEDs have their heads buried in the sand.

You don’t use PED’s just to bulk up. You also use them to train harder, recover quicker, etc.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby SolidSnake on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:21 pm

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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Factorial on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:24 pm

SolidSnake wrote:Ovechkin


I'd like to see what the dates were when he was tested this and last year. I think there are three per season.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:01 pm

Would HGH really help an NHL player? Hockey is more about speed and agility more than just brute strength.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Factorial on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Crankshaft wrote:Would HGH really help an NHL player? Hockey is more about speed and agility more than just brute strength.



This seems to be the common reason why people don't think this is an issue in the NHL but see above about training and recovery. Also, the brute strength can allow you to get off one wicked slap shot (see OV).
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Big Easy Pens Fan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:19 pm

I don't know so much about Ovie. He is not what one would call "ripped". Kinda flabby really. And while PEDS do not necessarily get you "ripped". Neither Braun, A-Rod nor Palmeiro would fit into that catagory but Bonds, McGwire, and Canseco certainly would. But I'm thinking that the NHL is certainly not leading the field on patrolling PEDS, that's for sure.

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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby columbia on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:20 pm

I definitely assume that they are being used in the NHL.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:22 pm

Crankshaft wrote:Would HGH really help an NHL player? Hockey is more about speed and agility more than just brute strength.


Wouldn't strength in quick-twitch muscles that work for agility make a player quicker, along with a harder shot?

Explosive players would most definitely benefit. More power down to accelerate and hit top speed faster.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Rylan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:26 pm

HGH would be extremely beneficial in recovery rather than physical strength for the NHL.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby mikey287 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:00 pm

Rylan wrote:HGH would be extremely beneficial in recovery rather than physical strength for the NHL.


This is my thought as well. There's more technical ability in hockey than physical strength. You can have the biggest arms in the world and still not have a good slapshot.

I'm not going to get into any sort of libel situation here, but just from what I know (what little that is)...is this kind of thing out there? Yes, juniors and pros. Is it an epidemic? No, not to the best of my knowledge. To my knowledge, they do not test in the playoffs...ahem.

Touchy subject...I won't have more to add I don't believe...
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Pitt87 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:37 pm

SolidSnake wrote:Ovechkin


Doesn't enhance your giving a **** muscles....
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Crankshaft on Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:52 pm

Rylan wrote:HGH would be extremely beneficial in recovery rather than physical strength for the NHL.


Never thought of that. Interesting concept.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby GSdrums87 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:56 pm

Crankshaft wrote:
Rylan wrote:HGH would be extremely beneficial in recovery rather than physical strength for the NHL.


Never thought of that. Interesting concept.

Especially with the game-to-game grind that would happen in an 82 game season. I can tell you if I had 3 hockey games a week, I'd be completely wiped.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby Pucks_and_Pols on Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:37 pm

If you think noone in the NHL is using PEDs you are fooling yourself. I would *guess* that the type of cheating that you see in cycling for quick recovery times would be more valuable for hockey players then muscle bulging steroids. I could definitly see 4th line enforcer/grinder types trying to bulk up some to get an edge that can keep them collecting NHL paychecks. I also have been highly suspect of Ovie being on something since a doctor associated with the Caps was arrested for peddling peds and his numbers fell off the cliff.
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Re: HGH in NHL

Postby TheHammer24 on Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:27 pm

MRandall25 wrote:
Crankshaft wrote:Would HGH really help an NHL player? Hockey is more about speed and agility more than just brute strength.


Wouldn't strength in quick-twitch muscles that work for agility make a player quicker, along with a harder shot?

Explosive players would most definitely benefit. More power down to accelerate and hit top speed faster.

Have you ever thought, "I'd be a better hockey player if I was bigger and stronger.". Of course it helps.
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