The NHL is investigating a report that some teams are using Kitchen Window Treatments to treat their players after an incident in which players were sprayed with a chemical used to remove bacteria from ice.
A source told NHL.com on Tuesday that teams are testing the use of a “top-secret” product to treat players in an effort to prevent recurrence.
The NHL declined to comment.
The league was forced to change its policy regarding players returning to the ice after a similar incident in March that resulted in three players being suspended.
The NHL has suspended the players involved in that incident for five games, fined two players and banned one player for five matches, the source said.
The source declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The league has been testing Kitchen Window Treatment products for several years and has been using them for the past three years, the NHL said.
Teams can only use them once per season, so it’s unclear how many teams have used them.
The use of the products can be considered “medically unnecessary,” according to the league.
The use of these products can lead to severe adverse effects, including infection, kidney and liver damage, liver and kidney failure, and death, the league said in a news release.
In March, the U.S. National Hockey League Players’ Association announced a ban on players returning from the ice to the dressing room after they received a similar chemical.
The players, including Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, were accused of using a “Top Secret” chemical to remove the bacteria from the surface of their bodies.
“While we do not condone this type of behavior, the use and/or possession of the Top Secret Chemical, which is a highly effective anti-bacterial agent that can be safely used in sports, is not a medical necessity for players,” the NHLPA said in March.
The NHL’s use of chemical sprays is not new.
The agency has previously tested the use for more than a decade.
The latest testing was conducted in February.
In a statement to NHL.org, the League said that the NHL has been conducting additional tests to determine the effectiveness of the chemical.
The League has tested Kitchen Window Tubes and other products and has concluded that they are safe for use, the statement said.
It said that players should not return to the game until they receive the proper treatment.
We are not aware of any player or team that has been subject to any such incident, and we are working closely with our partners and other stakeholders to address this issue in a responsible manner. “
While we are not in a position to comment on this issue, we are aware that there have been reports of the use in hockey, which has not been previously discussed.”
We are not aware of any player or team that has been subject to any such incident, and we are working closely with our partners and other stakeholders to address this issue in a responsible manner.
It’s important to note that, while we can’t provide specific dates for when Kitchen Window products will be available to players, the current testing process will take several months.
We expect to be able to provide an update on the status of this process as soon as we have a better understanding of the findings.