Nice read about Fedoruk and his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse. Hopefully, this will motivate other NHL players with the same problems to seek help to prevent another summer like this one.
I found these statements extremely appalling:
Everything you put in front of me," he said, "I did."
Even with cocaine in his system, Fedoruk said he never failed a drug test.
How could the NHL possibly allow this to happen? If this is true, it's time for the NHL to step up their drug-testing programs to protect the players. If they do not, there will be more deaths like this summer.
That is something in which both the NHL and the NHLPA need to augment. It is a crucial issue but subjects like generally include the PA. Finger-pointing should be restricted when it comes time to revise the CBA/drug-testing programs. Those in charge need to revisit their responsibilities with their policies.
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Maybe they just test for performance enhancing drugs, which coke isn't. It's how the snowboarders and basketball players pass drug tests while constantly high
In the NBA, no test for weed has always been a big issue for the union. Players want to smoke and nobody really gets all that upset about it. It certainly isn't a performance enhancer and as management I might prefer my guys smoking over gobbling pain killers.
many people take the fighting part of the game lightly or have no problem calling guys that don't fight soft but FEDORUK'S comments about stressing out knowing he had a game against Boogey coming up shows how scared even the tough guys are.
Keith Jones was on the radio a couple of weeks ago talking about how after a playoff series against TOR Steve Thomas grab him in the handshake line and told him he was going rip his head off the next time they played. Jones said he thought about it all off season and it ruined his game day routine of napping.
FYI...Jones grabbed Thomas off the face off and held on to him like a human seat belt. After the fight he skated by the TOR bench and challenged the whole team.