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NHL AAS Usage

I thought it was really interesting to read about anabolic usage in the NFL, so I thought I would share a few stories that I have heard from the NHL. I have several friends who play in the N, I have always felt that hockey would be the sport least tainted by AAS usage, I play at a high level of hockey and have never needed to use to keep up. But my 35 games a year at the college level don’t even begin to compare with 82 plus playoffs in the N. Over the past 10 years, the average NHLer has gained 35 pounds and 4". The NHL game is played at a much faster pace than it was 10 years ago. As is the case with every professional sport, in order to keep the fan happy, athletes have needed to make trips to their physicians. I guess it all got started when the wall fell and NHL teams started picking up eastern europeans from Russia, Czech and so on. They brought with them the secrets of maintaining their speed and endurance throughout the entire season. Everybody was freaked out when these Euros came in and started dancing around everybody. Sure they had great skills, but the average NHLer didn’t know dianabol played a large role in helping these men maintain their muscle mass.

So here is what my friend uses to maintain speed and power throughout the season. When he first broke into the league, there were several players on his team that subscribed to the services of a famous performance coach. These are big name guys, as the season wore on and my friend got wore out and eventually injured. The vets were still flying and scoring goals. My bro just thought it was the fact they were well conditioned and used to the workload. He is at the rink and their performance coach is there, he talks to him and agrees to pay him $2000 for an hour consultation. They meet and the coach lays it all out, this is what he needs to take, this is what he needs to eat, this is how he needs to train. For $35,000 a year, my friend recieves a weekly plan of everything. This was several years ago and now he is a completely different animal, much leaner, faster and stronger.
One could point to the fact that he is using rHGH and small dosages of testosterone and primo, but his dosages are so small. I believe that controlled intake of AAS and GH have allowed him to raise his level of play exponetially, while posing little or no health risk.

I always thought that the NHL would have a bit of AAS usage, considering that bulk can be an advantage, as in football. Interesting that the Europeans had a lot to do with the proliferation of AAS.

Considering the issues that arose out of the abuse of psuedoephedrine around the time of the Nagano Olympics, it doesn’t surprise me at all.

What does surprise me is how many athletes take Growth Hormone when it was largely believed it offered no benefit to an athlete concerned with performance. My knowledge of anabolics is limited to the basics of drug and cycle knowledge, but it seems like the main reason for taking rHGH and other analogues is because it can’t be detected in a test (as far as I’m aware).

Regardless, as with ‘Performance Training’, Supplementation has turned more towards perservation and longevity and away from raw enhancement. The major issue is that if athletes continure to ‘supplement’ in a manner that allows them to endure these long schedules, the schedules will never receed to a reasonable number of games.

Thanks for the insight Clark. As always, I’m sure we all appreciate the view from the relative inside.