Here’s more of what Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff said Tuesday about his 20-game suspension Jan. 26 by the NHL for using performance-enhancing drugs:
“The biggest thing was I wasn’t doing anything to try to enhance my performance. I had a legitimate injury. I think that’s the thing that frustrates me the most. People who are close to me know how much I care about the integrity of the game. This game has given me so much. I have so much respect for it, I would never do something like that. That was the thing I was fearful of the most, people having the wrong perception of what was going on.
“I wasn’t too worried because I knew there was a time when I could tell my story. I should have done my homework. I took it for granted that the stuff I was getting, the person who gave it to me, knew it was gong to be OK. That was my mistake. The league was very clear. They tell us all the time, ‘You’re responsible for what goes in your body.’ I paid the price for it, a steep price for it. You really got to know what you’re doing. It could be anything. Ultimately, it falls on you. You’re the one who’s going to pay the price for it.”
Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff returned to the Honda Center to resume practicing with his teammates Tuesday, the first day he was eligible to work out with them again after he was suspended for 20 games Jan. 26 under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
He’s not eligible to play again until March 11, however.
Horcoff, 37, took full responsibility for taking a banned substance he said he used to treat a hand injury suffered in November. He wouldn’t name the substance or the person who gave it to him except to say it was someone outside the Ducks organization who he sought for help in aiding his recovery and rehabilitation.
“It was really hard to grasp the stick,” he said of his injury. “When I went out and got the treatment, I was unaware that the treatment I was getting was not permitted by the league. That was probably the most frustrating thing. That’s where I take full blame and full responsibility. I should have taken the time, personally, to look into what was going on, not just relying on the word of someone else. The league makes it very obviously you’re responsible for what goes in your body, first and foremost.
“I believe in the testing. But the emphasis is on the player. That’s the lesson I’ve learned in this. The league does a good job in educating us. Beware what goes in your body. Make sure who you’re working with that you trust and they know what the rules are. They do a good job. But you never really as a player think it’s going to happen to you until it does. It’s a hard lesson for me. I had to take full responsibility when it happened. I should have done my homework and I should have looked into it personally and known exactly what was going on.”
Horcoff had six goals and 10 points in 45 games before drawing a mandatory 20-game suspension.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray had this to say Tuesday about Shawn Horcoff’s 20-game suspension for violating the NHL’s PED program: “This morning, we were made aware of the situation regarding Shawn Horcoff. The Anaheim Ducks organization fully supports the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We will will continue to support Shawn as a player and a person throughout this process. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Horcoff, 37, scored six goals and 10 points, averaging 13:37 of ice time in 45 games. The Ducks are his third team during a 12-year NHL career.
The NHL on Tuesday suspended Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Horcoff also will forfeit $357,526.88 in pay, based on his salary.
The league declined further comment.
The Ducks won the Stanley Cup championship in 2006-07 with a third line of Travis Moen, Sammy Pahlsson and Rob Niedermayer that shut down anyone and everyone they played against. Have the Ducks found a new third line capable of such blanket defensive coverage?
It sure seems that way, after Andrew Cogliano, Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin helped to shut out the Sedin twins during the Ducks’ 4-0 victory Monday over the Vancouver Canucks. As a bonus, Horcoff scored the first goal of the game, with assists from Cogliano and Hagelin.
“It’s been good,” Horcoff said. “Since we started, we have chemistry right off the bat, almost immediately. Bruce (Boudreau, Ducks coach,) has given us a pretty role playing against top lines and wanting us to shut them down and do the best we can alongside (Ryan Kesler’s) line. With that, we’ve been able to produce some offense, which is nice.”
Key play: Corey Perry scored two goals, including the 300th of his NHL career, but Teddy Purcell scored 1:16 into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday at the Honda Center. Perry tied Paul Kariya for second on the Ducks’ all-time list. Teemu Selanne holds the club record with 457.
Pivotal performer: Shawn Horcoff’s third-period goal, which gave the Ducks an all-too-brief 2-1 lead, was his 500th point in the NHL. The 37-year-old Horcoff has 182 goals and 318 assists in 964 career games, including two goals and two assists in 15 contests with the Ducks.
Quote, unquote: “It’s exciting,” Perry said of his milestone goal. “It’s a huge accomplishment, especially in the best league in the world. It’s a little frustrating when you don’t get the win and you get a milestone, but you’ve just got to worry about the two points.”
Line shifts: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau teamed Rickard Rakell with Ryan Getzlaf and Perry to start the game. Rakell is normally the Ducks’ third-line center, but shifted to left wing to join center Getzlaf and right wing Perry. Boudreau said he had a gut feeling it would work out.
Injury update: Rakell returned to the Ducks’ lineup after sitting out for three games because of an upper-body injury. Oilers rookie Connor McDavid sat out for the third game since breaking his collarbone in a Nov. 3 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dropping the gloves: The Ducks’ Patrick Maroon fought the Oilers’ Luke Gazdic in a spirited bout near the end of the second period. Each fighter landed a few haymakers before Gazdic scored a takedown to end their lengthy battle.