Golden Knights' Valentin Zykov suspended 20 games by NHL

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Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov has been suspended for 20 games by the NHL for violating the terms of the league's performance enhancing substances program.

Zykov released a statement that said while he didn't knowingly take any PEDs, he will take responsibility for the ban.

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"I've been informed that I am being suspended for 20 games under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. While I haven't been able to discover how I tested positive, I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and will accept this penalty," Zykov's statement read.

"I want to apologize to my family, my teammates, and the Golden Knights organization and fans. I will work hard during my suspension to ensure that I put myself in the best possible position to contribute to my team when my suspension is over."

Las Vegas also issued a statement on the matter.

"We were notified by the NHL and NHLPA that Valentin has violated the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program," the statement read.

"We monitor the nutrition, supplement intake, and overall diet of our athletes on a continual basis throughout our entire season. Valentin knowingly used a banned substance without the consent, recommendation or knowledge of our team. We support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and respect the decision here."

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Zykov, 24, initially was selected by the Kings in the second round of the 2013 draft. He has two assists in seven games for Las Vegas this season.

He previously appeared in 28 games for the Hurricanes, Oilers and Golden Knights last season, finishing with two goals and five points.

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