Jarred Tinordi suspended for violating performance-enhancing substances program

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi was suspended by the NHL for 20 games without pay on Wednesday for violating the NHL and NHLPA's performance-enhancing substances program.

"I did not knowingly take a banned substance," Tinordi said in a statement. "I understand, however, that I am responsible for what enters my body as a professional athlete and I accept the suspension. I will work hard towards my return to the ice and will learn from this frustrating setback."‚Äč

Tinordi, 24, has played in 10 games this season for the Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens. He was acquired by Arizona in January as part of a three-team trade involving the Nashville Predators. He has six assists over three seasons in the league.