This story broke in the Canadian Press yesterday and is about a doctor who says he fed steroids to certain Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Alouette players beginning around 2001 or so. He said it stopped when the players were traded to western teams.
The teams, however, are saying they know absolutely nothing about this doctor, and of course are denying everything.
I almost decided to make a list of Montreal Canadiens who were moved to western teams in the past years since 2001, but then I said no. No one’s name should be smeared because some crooked doctor who’s now in hot water wants to justify his reputation by saying even the Habs and Alouettes did it, so he’s not so bad after all.
This is all slanderous bullshit. I hate to see this kind of negative publicity, but because this blog is all about the Habs, I feel you should see it if you haven’t already.
It seems like if it’s not one thing it’s another with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal professional sports teams deny link to doctor who doped athletes
MONTREAL — Professional sports teams in Montreal are denying any connection with Dr. Maurice Duquette, who has pleaded guilty to charges of doping athletes.
Duquette has been linked to former Canadian cycling champ Genevieve Jeanson who tested positive in July 2005 for the banned substance erythropoietin. She admitted in an interview last year that she had taken the performance-enhancer, better known as EPO, for several years before the test.
Jeanson also has said Duquette administered the EPO for the first time in 1998 when she was 16 years old and suffered from anemia.
The disciplinary committee of the group which represents Quebec’s doctors also said Wednesday it wasn’t comfortable with the sanctions being recommended against Duquette.
An inquiry by the College des Medecins du Quebec recommended the doctor not be allowed to practice for four months and that he not to be permitted to treat athletes in the future.
The doctors’ disciplinary committee described the recommended sanctions as “not being severe enough.”
During a disciplinary hearing this week, it was revealed that Duquette admitted in 2001 he acted as an adviser to professional hockey players to help them “maintain their retail value.”
But investigators say he told them the relationship ended when the players were transferred to teams in the West.
No names or other details of Duquette’s relationships with professional teams were released at the two-day hearing.
Donald Beauchamp, a spokesman for the Montreal Canadiens, says he checked inside the hockey organization and nobody knew anything about Duquette.
“We’ve never heard of anything of this nature … we found no information whatsoever,” he told The Canadian Press.
Louis-Philippe Dorais, an official with the Montreal Alouettes, says the team has never communicated with Duquette and its doctors don’t know him “either personally or professionally.”
“We’ve spoken with our medical staff, our managers with the Alouettes and nobody’s been in touch with Dr. Duquette and our organization has no relationship with him,” Dorais said in an interview.
When asked if any players had been in personal contact with Duquette, Dorais said that was beyond the team’s control.
Jacques Prevost, a lawyer involved in Duquette’s inquiry, says the sanctions were negotiated more than four-and-half-years ago after a long list of complaints were filed against the doctor in 2002.
But he said it was up to the disciplinary committee to decide on the final sanctions.
“The goal of any disciplinary action is not to punish the professional but to protect the public,” Prevost said. “It’s not an inquiry into the sports world, it’s an inquiry (into the conduct) of a doctor.”
The disciplinary committee has postponed its decision on sanctions until a later date.
Prevost said he expects further arguments to be presented at that time by all parties involved.