Shawn Horcoff Suspended 20 Games for Violating NHL's Performance Enhancing Drug Policy

The former Dallas Stars center will forfeit $357,526.88 in salary.

Shawn Horcoff, currently of the Anaheim Ducks, has been suspended for violating NHL/NHLPA's performance-enhancing substance policy. You can read the entire policy here. Players are subject to a maximum of two no-notice tests each year.

Per the agreement, every NHL player will be subject to up to two "no-notice" tests every year, with at least one such test to be conducted on a team-wide basis. Players will be subject to "no-notice" testing at any time.

Twenty games is the mandated punishment for a first time violation of the policy.

Positive tests for performance-enhancing substances will result in mandatory discipline as follows:

For the first positive test, a 20-game suspension without pay and mandatory referral to the League's Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program for evaluation, education and possible treatment.

You can read a list of banned substances here.

Shawn Horcoff was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1998 and spent 11 years with that organization before being traded to the Dallas Stars on July 4, 2013.

Horcoff has released this statement via the NHLPA: