The National Hockey and American Hockey League made an important step forward today. It was announced that the AHL will enforce an education and drug-testing program effective the start of the 2014-15 season.
How efficient this program will be will remain to be seen. Personally, I have my doubts as NHLPA leader Donald Fehr helped arrange a strategy where players were not to be tested as it was a violation of their privacy. This was during Fehr's reign as the leader of MLBPA. Unfortunately, baseball's drug issue became arguably the most infamous among the four major North American sports.
With that said, this is a different time and the details from Fehr's days as the MLBPA to today may be much different. Having said that, I'm willing to see how this program pans out. For all I know, it could turn out to be a great success. But only time will tell.
The information of said program is mentioned below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / AUGUST 28, 2014
EDUCATION, DRUG TESTING PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED FOR AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
NEW YORK/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 28, 2014) – An education and drug testing program will be implemented for American Hockey League players, effective for the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced today.
The details of the AHL program, which was the result of a collaborative effort between the two leagues (NHL and AHL), the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (which represents AHL players in collective bargaining), substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.
The AHL drug testing program will be administered by the doctors who supervise the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program and the Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.