Bettman to testify on steroids on Wednesday to House subcommittee

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NHL is steroid-free. That's what commissioner Gary Bettman plans to tell a House subcommittee tomorrow.

Bettman will join his major league counterparts in testifying before the House subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Bettman says "we shouldn't all be painted with the same broad brush. Every sport is different. What goes on in one sport does not go on in every sport."

Bettman says the NHL has had just one player suspended for steroid usage in years since play resumed after the 2004-2005 work stoppage.

An NHL player is suspended 20 games for a first violation, 60 games for a second violation and permanently for a third violation. Bettman says he's happy with the current sanctions.

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