Nicklas Backstrom Banned from Gold Medal Game Due to Failing Doping Test

Nicklas Backstrom was not allowed to play in the final game against Canada. Losing Backstrom proved costly for team Sweden as they lost 3-0 to Canada. 

Before the game Backstrom was dealing with a severe migraine, he’s had headache issues in the past with the Capitals. Backstrom missed 3 months after sustaining a concussion in a game against Calgary. Backstrom was listed as a go during warm ups, but between then an game time something happened.

Swedish Olympic Committee spokesman Bjorn Folin said Sunday that Backstrom tested positive for a substance found in an allergy medication that he has taken for seven years.”

Backstrom was taking a medication called Pseudoephedrine. The label of the drug reads “Treats stuffy nose and sinuses caused by the common cold, hay fever, or sinus infection. This medicine is a decongestant.”

(Hehehe, I had some in my closest)

Tweet’s from Nicklas Backstrom’s interview.



One thought on “Nicklas Backstrom Banned from Gold Medal Game Due to Failing Doping Test

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection

    Unfortunately a similar situation happened to Lubomir Visnovsky at the Vancouver games.

    You’d think that the players/team dioctors would read the ingredients and compare them to the banned substance list which is easily found doing a simple google search.


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