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Buffalo Sabres Center Cody Hodgson Shines in Worlds Championships; Zenon Konopka Suspended by NHL

May 15th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Thursday was a day of both good and bad news for Buffalo Sabres players.

Sabres center Cody Hodgson scored a hat trick for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships. The game against Denmark took place in Minsk, Belarus. 

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The Canadians defeated team Denmark 6-1 and featured a Hodgson goal in each period on their way to a 6-1 final. 

Hodgson opened the scoring just 5:24 into the tilt by beating Patrick Galbrath with a slap shot. His second goal game 5:03 into the third and then completed his hat trick with 9:36 left in the game on the powerplay.

Also in action for team Canada was defenseman Tyler Myers, who tallied an assist and was on the ice for 18:28.

In other Sabres related news, forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended by the NHL for 20 games following a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. 

Konopka, who's contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, released a statement through the NHL Players Association. 

"I deeply regret that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance in violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. I accept full responsibility for this error. As a professional athlete I am responsible for what I put in my body, and I am to blame for this mistake.
 
I want to make it clear that this violation occurred because I ingested a product that can be purchased over-the-counter and which, unknown to me, contained a substance that violated the program. Unfortunately, I did not take the necessary care to ensure that the product did not contain a prohibited substance. I want to stress, however, that I did not take this substance for the purpose of enhancing my athletic performance.
 
I apologize to my teammates and to the Buffalo Sabres organization, as well as to my friends and family. I have learned a great deal from this experience, something I hope to be able to share with younger players. I will accept this suspension and continue to work hard to prepare for the 2014-15 season."
 
The 20 games will be served next season, wherever Konopka ends up in the NHL
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Cody Hodgson, Hockey, NHL, team canada, Tyler Myers, World Championships, Zenon Konopka

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