Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov banned from international play for four years after he tested positive for cocaine

Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals has been suspended from international play for testing positive for cocaine.

(CNN)The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov for testing positive for cocaine.

The drug is banned under the World Anti-Doping Code.
"Recently, the IIHF notified me that, due to a positive test for a banned substance, I would be suspended from international competition for four years," Kuznetsov said in a statement. "I have made the decision to accept this penalty. Representing my country has always been so close to my heart and something I take so much pride in. Not being able to put that sweater on for four years is very hard to take."