The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced Tuesday that Prince George Cougars forward Spencer Asuchak was suspended for an anti-doping rule violation.
The violation resulted from a urine sample collected during in-competition doping control in December which revealed the presence of methylhexaneamine, a prohibited stimulant.
Under the rules of the CHL Anti-Doping Policy, Asuchak, a former Tri-City Americans player, was assessed an eight-game suspension for a first violation for using a prohibited substance.
"In reviewing this matter, we are completely satisfied that the player used a supplement which had been purchased over the counter at a retail outlet and had no knowledge that it contained a prohibited stimulant under our national CHL Anti-Doping Policy," said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.
Tri-City Americans: Signed 15-year-old prospect Justin Spagrud to a standard WHL player's contract. Spagrud, a 6-foot, 160-pound forward from Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, is playing with the Swift Current Legionnaires of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey league. Spagrud has nine goals and 15 points in 32 games. Spagrud will skate for Team Saskatchewan in the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Feb. 11-27.
Portland Winterhawks: Forward Oliver Gabriel will undergo surgery to repair a right shoulder dislocation and will miss the remainder of the season. Gabriel originally suffered the injury in October, then reaggravated it Jan 15 in Portland's 5-2 win in Kamloops.
Spokane Chiefs: Foward Tyler Johnson was named the WHL and CHL player of the week after picking up two goals and eight assists in four games, helping the Chiefs to 2-1-1-0 record.