This morning the American Hockey League offices made an announcement in regards to drug testing and education programs that will be implemented this season.
Press Release via AHL:
NEW YORK/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … An education and drug testing program will be implemented for American Hockey League players, effective for the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced today.
The details of the AHL program, which was the result of a collaborative effort between the two leagues (NHL and AHL), the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (which represents AHL players in collective bargaining), substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.
The AHL drug testing program will be administered by the doctors who supervise the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program and the Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.
So what does this mean? For me, hopefully not too much should change. The last thing I would want to write about this season is a failed drug test story on one of our players. Yet, I guarantee that someone -somewhere- in the AHL will fail a test this season. This change for the AHL, following in the footsteps of the NHL, just makes sense.
How do you feel drug testing will impact the AHL level? Do you think that drugs, in all forms, are less prevalent in professional hockey than other major North American professional sports?