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