Dryden McKay was in net at the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Championship semifinal vs. Minnesota at TD Backyard on April 7, 2022 in Boston (photograph: Rich Gagnon/USCHO).

The U.S. Anti-Doping Company (USADA) declared Monday that previous Minnesota State goaltender and 2022 Hobey Baker winner Dryden McKay has acknowledged a 6-month period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation.

In a assertion, the USADA reported that McKay tested constructive for ostarine as the result of a sample gathered on January 23, 2022, at McKay’s property.

Ostarine is an anabolic agent that is prohibited by the U.S. Olympic and Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation. At the time of the examination, McKay was among the a team of 4 gamers who have been unannounced alternates for the Olympics.

All through the USADA investigation, it was established that an “all-natural” vitamin D3 supplement solution McKay was employing prior to the take a look at which did not list ostarine on the supplement specifics label was contaminated with that material at an quantity “consistent with the conditions of ingestion and his constructive exam.” That supplied the possibility for a reduction of the time period of ineligibility from what could have been as considerably as four several years.

McKay responded to the suspension in a assertion by way of Twitter and in an special interview with Elliotte Friedman published Monday on the Canadian SportsNet web-site.

McKay wrote in the Twitter assertion that he had acquired a suspension on February 1, 2022, which was lifted on February 3 when the supply of the compound experienced been established. McKay additional wrote that the NCAA issued a individual determination in cooperation with Minnesota State which cleared him to engage in right up until a last suspension was issued.

In the statement McKay discussed that he experienced been getting the non-NSF vitamin D3 health supplement as an immune booster amid January’s Omicron wave. According to McKay, he stopped getting all nutritional supplements when the test results uncovered the banned material, withdrew from Olympic consideration, and despatched all health supplements he was having to an unbiased lab.

“I created the slip-up of getting it,” McKay told SportsNet. “But I could have hardly ever imagined that this would have been the end result of taking one thing like that.”

“The amount was spelled out to me by my attorney [Paul Greene], as so tiny it is comparable to a grain of salt in a swimming pool, thus giving NO (sic) perfomance enhancing profit to me in any way,” McKay wrote.

“This has transpired to hundreds of individuals I’ve represented,” Greene instructed SportsNet. “Taking what appears to be like an innocent vitamin that turned out to be contaminated.”

McKay will be ineligible to play right up until Oct 11, 2022, right after accepting a six-month period of time of ineligibility that started on April 14, 2022. McKay was granted a a few-working day credit rating for a provisional suspension served from January 31, 2022 through February 2, 2022.

According to its website, the USADA is acknowledged by the United States Congress as the formal anti-doping corporation for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sport in the United States.