The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Monday that former Minnesota State goaltender and 2022 Hobey Baker winner Dryden McKay has accepted a six-month period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation.
In a statement, USADA said McKay tested positive for ostarine following a sample taken Jan. 23, 2022, from McKay’s home.
Ostarine is an anabolic agent banned by the United States Olympic and International Ice Hockey Federation. At the time of the test, McKay was among a group of four players who were unannounced substitutes for the Olympics.
During the USADA investigation, it was determined that an “all-natural” vitamin D3 supplement McKay was using before the test that did not list ostarine on the supplement’s facts label was contaminated. by this substance to an amount “consistent with the circumstances of ingestion and its positive test. This reduced the period of suspension from what could have been up to four years.
McKay responded to the suspension in a statement via Twitter and in an exclusive interview with Elliotte Friedman posted on Canadian website SportsNet on Monday.
McKay wrote in the Twitter statement that he received a suspension on February 1, 2022, which was lifted on February 3 when the source of the substance was determined. McKay further wrote that the NCAA issued a separate ruling in cooperation with the State of Minnesota that allowed him to play until a permanent suspension was issued.
In the statement, McKay explained that he took the non-NSF vitamin D3 supplement as an immune booster amid January’s Omicron wave. According to McKay, he stopped taking all supplements when test results found the banned substance, withdrew from Olympic consideration, and sent all supplements he was taking to an independent lab.
“I made the mistake of taking it,” McKay told SportsNet. “But I could never have imagined that would have been the result of taking something like that.”
“The level was explained to me by my lawyer [Paul Greene]because so small that it is comparable to a grain of salt in a swimming pool, therefore it provides NO (sic) performance enhancement for me, whatever that is,” McKay wrote.
“It’s happened to hundreds of people I’ve represented,” Greene told SportsNet. “Taking what appears to be an innocent vitamin that turned out to be contaminated.”
McKay will be ineligible to play until October 11, 2022, after accepting a six-month period of suspension that began April 14, 2022. McKay was granted three-day credit for a provisional suspension served from January 31, 2022 to February 2 . , 2022.
According to its website, USADA is recognized by the United States Congress as the official anti-doping organization for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan Am, and Parapan Am sports in the United States.