Lukin dealt two-year ban
Former Kamloops Blazer Jarret Lukin, who had until recently been playing in CIS with the University of Calgary Dinos, has been hit with a two-year ban because of a drug test found traces of cocaine metabolites in his system.
It's extremely rare that Canadian university athletes test positive for banned substances, so this story has understandably come as a big surprise to the community.
With Kamloops in the WHL, Lukin was a pretty gifted player on some mediocre teams, but his size (he's generously listed at 5 foot 11, 185 pounds) was one of the things that kept him from being drafted into the NHL. He also had a memorable turn recently on the reality television series Making the Cut 2.
Lukin is now playing with the ECHL's Florida Everblades.
UPDATE Tyler at mc79hockey has some more thoughts on this. It should also be noted that the ECHL has since suspended Lukin after learning of the CIS ban.
UPDATE The Naples Daily News has much more, including several quotes from Lukin himself. It's unfortunate he quit school to travel all the way down to Florida only to be now denied a chance to play.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, especially considering the ECHL doesn't even have a drug-testing policy.