The Columbus Blue Jackets issued the following statementsÂ Friday with regards to the announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that defenseman Bryan Berard has been suspended from international competition for two years after testing positive for a banned substance during pre-Olympic testing.
Blue Jackets defenseman, Bryan Berard:
"Last summer, I made a mistake that has resulted in this suspension and while unintentional, I take full responsibility. I became aware of the problem after the fact and for that I am disappointed in myself. I have learned a difficult, but valuable lesson and want to let everyone know that this is something that will never happen again."
Blue Jackets President & General Manager Doug MacLean:
"Bryan Berard is one of the most courageous and dedicated athletes I've ever been around. To overcome the adversity that he has in recent years has been inspiring. He made a mistake, has acknowledged it and is committed to moving forward. We have every confidence in Bryan and firmly believe there will be no subsequent issues with the new program addressing the use of performance-enhancing substances adopted by the National Hockey League and NHL Playersâ€™ Association this season."