Saturday, February 10, 2007

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.


At 3:01 p.m., February 09, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The guy went to the UofC. Why is this story surprising?

At 4:15 p.m., February 09, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Ouch for the Dinos!

At 4:18 p.m., February 09, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...


At 4:26 p.m., February 09, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Not to defend the use of cocaine, but why do you get banned two years for harming yourself, but if you crosscheck a guy in the face, or drill a guy in the back of the head and end his career (cf. Jeff Beukeboom), do you get next to nothing?

At 1:06 p.m., February 10, 2007, Anonymous showtyme21 said...

James, did you notice that Lukin was on Making the Cut. Maybe I'm completely out of it news wise, but I thought that was interesting.


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