Arizona Coyotes D Jared Tinordi suspended 20 games

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The NHL has suspended Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jared Tinordi 20 games for violating the NHL/NHL Players Association Performance Enhancing Substance Program. The suspension will come with a mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and potential treatment.

Tinordi released this statement regarding the situation on Wednesday,“I am extremely disappointed that I failed a test under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. I did not knowingly take a banned substance. I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension. I will work hard towards my return to the ice and will learn from this frustrating setback.”

No further information has been released regarding the situation and the NHL has refused to comment beyond this.

Tinordi has no goals and six assists in 53 total NHL games played. He joined the Coyotes from the Montreal Canadiens in the 2015-16 season.

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