The sport takes a tremendous physical toll, especially in the postseason, when endurance and the ability to recover are critical. It also might be a tempting time for players who are willing to take shortcuts, because the NHL doesn’t test for performance-enhancing drugs during the playoffs. For all the prices paid to hoist the Stanley Cup, a fear of being caught taking banned substances is not among them.
The NHL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, enacted three years ago by the league and players union, does not permit testing during the playoffs and off-season. It’s a five-month window in which the only enforcement against doping is the honor system.
Could imagine the outcry if this was the case in baseball?