NHL Links to Steroid Supplier?

Capitals linked to arrested chiropractor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Washington Capitals players were seen by the office of a chiropractor who was arrested Tuesday morning in Reston (Va.) on reported charges of obtaining steroids and other illegal and performance-enhancing drugs from an alleged steroid dealer in Lakeland, Fla.

Douglas Owen Nagel, 50, has an office in the mall connected to Kettler Capitals Iceplex where the Capitals practice. On that office door are the painted words “Washington Capitals” — but the club released a statement late yesterday afternoon denying an affiliation with Nagel.

“Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel, a Virginia chiropractor who was arrested (yesterday), is not affiliated with the Washington Capitals and is not the ‘team chiropractor,’ as he has stated,” the statement read. “Dr. Nagel’s office, however, has seen some of our players for standard, routine chiropractic services.

“As part of the NHL’s drug policy, Capitals players are randomly tested up to three times per year by an independent testing agency, which sends the samples to the World Anti-Doping Association for testing. Capitals players have been tested twice so far this year. At no time in our history has a Capitals player ever tested positive.”

In a story first reported by AOL Fanhouse yesterday morning, two detectives and a member of the U.S. Marshal’s office arrived at Kettler Capitals Iceplex a few hours after Nagel’s arrest in Florida.

Nagel was listed as a consultant to the Capitals and baseball’s Washington Nationals at a medical conference in Washington last year, the Washington Post reported on its Web site yesterday. However, the Post also reported that investigators have found no “conclusive evidence or proof” that Nagel had distributed steroids to any professional athletes, according to a release from the Polk sheriff’s office in Lakeland.

Florida law enforcement authorities are continuing with a steroid investigation following the arrest of Richard Thomas in May 2009. In their statement the Capitals noted they “are not the target of this investigation, and there is no evidence that steroids were provided to any Capitals players.”


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