NHL Hockey

Kuznetsov banned 4 yrs. from Russia team

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

GENEVA (AP) Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine at the world championship and has been banned from the Russia team for four years.

Kuznetsov failed a doping test after a sample was taken on May 26, the day Russia won the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic in Slovakia, the International Ice Hockey Federation said on Friday.

The previous day, Russia lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Finland.

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