By John Vogl
A hockey player from Latvia, the Ted Nolan-coached country that is one of the feel-good stories of the men's Olympic tournament, has been disqualified by the International Olympic Committee after he tested positive for a banned stimulant.
The Latvian Olympic Committee was not aware that Vitalijs Pavlovs was taking the supplement, according to the report issued today by the IOC.
Pavlovs, who plays for Dynamo Riga in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, said his team doctor recommended the supplement. It contains the banned subtance methylhexaneamine, which is reportedly found in many over-the-counter training aids.
As a result of the positive test, Pavlovs has been disqualified from Latvia's 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Canada and will have to return his diploma given for the team's eighth-place finish. Pavlovs skated 16:56 in the game against Canada and had two shots. He had one assist and a plus-1 rating in five games for Latvia while skating 13:55 per game.