Golden Knights winger Zykov hit with 20-game suspension

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NHL announced on Thursday that winger Valentin Zykov has been suspended the next 20 games without pay. He violated the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substance Program.

It is not clear at this time what illegal substance Zykov took that led to his suspension.

Former Carolina Hurricanes winger Valentin Zykov skates against the New Jersey Devils
Former Carolina Hurricanes winger Valentin Zykov skates against the New Jersey Devils (Getty Images)

He was claimed off waivers by the Golden Knights on December 29, 2018. He also played for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers during the 2018-2019 season.

“We were notified by the NHL and the NHLPA that Valentin has violated the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substance Program,” the Golden Knights said in a statement. “We monitor the nutrition, supplement intake, and overall diet of our athletes on a continual basis throughout our entire season. Valentin knowingly used a banned substance without the consent, recommendation or knowledge of our team.

“We support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and respect the decision here.”

The 24-year-old St. Petersburg, Russian played in seven games this season with the Golden Knights. He had two assists for two points in those seven contests.

In addition, he has a 1 in +/- and two PIM.

He has appeared in 17 games overall during his Golden Knights tenure.

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