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Steroid Probe Comes to Kettler

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Law enforcement officials visited Kettler Capitals Iceplex earlier this afternoon as part of an ongoing steroids investigation, with the latest inquiries stemming from a new arrest of a Northern Virginia chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel.

Per the Washington Capitals:

Florida law enforcement authorities have continued their steroid investigation following the arrest of Florida resident Richard Thomas in May 2009. The Washington Capitals are not the target of this investigation, and there is no evidence that steroids were provided to any Capitals players.

This has been a thorough investigation, and we are satisfied that law enforcement, the NHL and our own internal investigation have not led to any link of steroid use by Capitals players.

The investigation included conversations with the Washington Capitals as far back as September 2009, and we were and have been fully cooperative and transparent in the past as well as today.

Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel, a Virginia chiropractor who was arrested today, is not affiliated with the Washington Capitals and is not the "team chiropractor," as he has stated. Dr. Nagel’s office, however, has seen some of our players for standard, routine chiropractic services.

As part of the NHL’s drug policy, Capitals players are randomly tested up to three times per year by an independent testing agency, which sends the samples to the World Anti Doping Association for testing. Capitals players have been tested twice so far this year. At no time in our history has a Capitals player ever tested positive.

More on this continuing story can be found here, and the full statement from the Polk County Sheriff's Department here.

Additional link/update:

(3/24, 9:23 AM): FanHouse, CI, Puck Daddy, ProHockeyTalk, SB Nation, Canwest

(3/24, 9:06 PM): WaPo, Ted's Take, Hockey or Die, FanHouse, CI, CI, D.C. Sports Bog