The Arizona Coyotes have lost Jarred Tinordi for 20 games as the defenseman failed a performance enhancing substances test, according to the NHL earlier today.
Jarred Tinordi suspended 20 games for violating performance enhancing drug policy pic.twitter.com/v85YIPtAml— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) March 9, 2016
In seven games with the Coyotes, Tinordi recorded no points, took three shots, and recorded 12 penalty minutes. General Manager Don Maloney had this to say, per the team's official report on the story:
"Late yesterday afternoon, we were made aware of the situation regarding Jarred Tinordi. The Arizona Coyotes organization fully supports the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We will also continue to support Jarred throughout this process. We will have no further comment at this time."
Tinordi also released this statement concurrently:
"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."
With a 20 game suspension, Tinordi will miss the rest of the season, and wouldn't be eligible to return to the Coyotes until Game Four of the 2016-17 season. Tinordi is a restricted free agent after this season.