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Theodore won't appeal failed drug test

MONTREAL -- Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore won't appeal
a December drug test in which he tested positive for a banned substance.

Theodore was on Canada's preliminary Olympic eligibility list but was not placed on the final squad.

He tested positive during random pre-Olympic screening for a
drug that can be used to mask steroid use (the AP reported erroneously on Wednesday that Theodore had tested positive for a steroid). Team doctor David Mulder
said the drug, propecia, was being used to promote hair growth. The
goalie says he initially wanted to appeal but noted that other
players lost appeals of failed tests.

"Some other athletes who had the same drug in their system all
went on appeal because it was an Olympic year for them and they all
lost," Theodore said. "The [appeal] hearing is public, it's long,
it creates some distraction for the team and we decided our
priority was the NHL."

Theodore says the NHL has granted him an exemption and he will
be able to continue taking the prescription drug.

He still has to wait for a formal suspension which will indicate
how long he won't be allowed to play in international competition.

Theodore fractured his right heel last weekend while putting
salt on the ice outside his Montreal home. He plans to return to
hockey in about two months.