Avs’ Valeri Nichushkin facing doping case from 2013 by Russian Hockey Federation

The Russian Hockey Federation said Monday that Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin faces a doping allegation stemming from a sample given in 2013.

The RHF told a state news agency that a sample from Nichushkin that was stored at a since-shuttered Moscow laboratory was obtained by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2019. WADA previously had sanctioned Russia over accusations that the country helped its athletes dope and covered up the activity.

Dmitry Kurbatov, the federation’s executive director, said Nichushkin has until Nov. 16 to respond.

Nichuskin faces doping case

“His sample from 2013 was being stored at the laboratory. During the process of reanalyzing results in January and February 2019 a banned substance was found and this case was initiated. There are no decisions yet and nothing has been cleared up,” Kurbatov said.

Neither Nichushkin nor the Avalanche have commented as of Monday afternoon. Nichushkin is not under threat of any NHL punishment, though. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) could end up suspending him from international competition such as next winter’s Beijing Olympics.

Nichushkin, 26, has tallied 123 points (46 goals, 77 assists) over 344 career games with the Dallas Stars (2013-19) and Avalanche. He has only appeared in one game this season due to an upper-body injury.

–Field Level Media