NHL responds to Fleury's allegations about failed tests

Theoren Fleury's autobiography wastes little time calling the NHL and NHLPA's substance abuse program into question.

In Playing with Fire, Fleury alleges he failed multiple drug tests in 2001 while starring with the New York Rangers, yet the league and program doctors allowed him to continue playing:

"I had thirteen dirty tests in a row, but I was leading the NHL in scoring. So what were they going to do? I was putting Gatorade in tests. And although he didn't know it, my baby Beaux was peeing for me too. The NHL doctors kept warning me, ‘Another dirty test and we're taking you out.' So what did I do? C'mon, I've never followed a rule in my life."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to Fleury's allegations the league overlooked his failed substance abuse tests:

"The terms of our Program preclude us from responding with specifics to Mr. Fleury's assertions. However, we are prepared to say that his general recollection of that time period is factually inaccurate in a number of respects. We are satisfied that the NHL/NHLPA's Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health at all times responded appropriately in Mr. Fleury's treatment. We continue to support Mr. Fleury and are very pleased and happy for him that he has progressed so far in his recovery. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."