Feb 23, 2014, 9:17 AM EST
Initially there were reports suggesting that he had a migraine, but an NHLPA source reported that Backstrom actually tested positive for a banned substance, according to Yahoo! Sports.
If that’s true, then he was pulled out of the Swedish locker room prior to the team’s pregame warmups, but after he was already initially listed as being part of the lineup. The positive test apparently came on Friday.
It’s worth adding that this might still be related to the original migraine reports. Some migraine medication count as banned substances, per CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, so that might have been why he tested positive. That being said, nothing has been confirmed yet.
Backstrom wouldn’t be the first men’s hockey player to have tested positive over the course of this tournament. Latvia’s Vitalijs Pavlovs was disqualified for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
UPDATE: The Swedish team has confirmed the report, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. More to follow.
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