The theory behind performance enhancing drugs is that the make you bigger, faster and stronger by allowing you to recover faster, put on more muscle, and a number of other benefits. With that in mind it's no surprise that PEDs are a big issue across all major sports, and on Thursday one of the biggest names in hockey shared his thoughts on the substances.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was asked during a recent interview with ESPN if he had ever been approached by anyone regarding performance enhancing drugs, but Crosby stated it's never come up in his career.
Crosby's response from the ESPN interview:
You hear stories about the odd guy who tests positive. Seriously, I have never been approached. Not once [have I been] in a situation where somebody's asked me if I wanted to use a certain substance or anything like that. Now, I think that as a player, you try to be really careful. There are so many supplements out there, so many different countries. What's approved, what's not. What's accepted at the Olympics is different than [NHL guidelines], so you really have to stay on that.
For guys that are using different supplements, it's easy for something to happen. You really have to be thorough with that stuff. It's a fine line. You're trying to take care of your body and gain an edge, but at the same time, you've got to know what you're putting in your body. It's a fine line, but I haven't ever had an instance where I was in a situation where I thought that somebody was trying to offer me a bad supplement or something.
Likely the answer that the NHL, and it's fans, were hoping to hear from one of hockey's biggest stars.