According to Russian sports writer Slava Malamud, the entire Russian Under-18 hockey team has been suspended in the largest doping scandal in hockey history.

Per Malamud, the team are victim to the first Meldonium scandal in Russian hockey. The roster of players had not been confirmed officially, but had included NHL Draft prospects German Rubtsov, Vladislav Sukhachyov and Mikhail Berdin, among others.

There is no word yet as to if it affects Russian prospects currently playing in the Canadian Hockey League.

The Under-18 coach was fired and the team was replaced by Under-17 prospects for the tournament.

Meldonium has been in the news recently for Russian athletes, especially with tennis legend Maria Sharapova recently getting banned from the sport.

The Under-18 World Championships were set to take place Grand Forks, North Dakota from April 14th-24th.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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