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Zenon Konopka | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/2/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 213
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NHL sources are reporting Zenon Konopka violated the league drug policy for taking DHEA, an over-the-counter supplement recommended to him by non-team doctors.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland, which is just above the kidneys. DHEA supplements are used to build muscle, fight the effects of aging, provide energy and improve mood and memory amongst other health benefits. Konopka was suspended for 20 games on Thursday for violating the terms of the league's Performance Enhancing Substances Program. May 16 - 7:31 PM

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Zenon Konopka has issued an apology after being suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

"I apologize to my teammates and to the Buffalo Sabres organization, as well as to my friends and family," he said in a statement through the NHLPA. "I have learned a great deal from this experience, something I hope to be able to share with younger players. I will accept this suspension and continue to work hard to prepare for the 2014-15 season." He said he ingested an over-the-counter product and he didn't know that it contained a substance that violated the program. Konopka said he didn't take it in order to enhance his athletic performance.
May 15 - 3:14 PM

Zenon Konopka has been handed a 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Konopka is an unrestricted free agent, so his suspension will start when he reaches a new deal. He skated in 59 games with the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres last season, where he totaled three points and 88 penalty minutes.
Source: NHL.com
May 15 - 3:06 PM

Zenon Konopka returned to action on Sunday versus the New York Islanders.

He had been sidelined since Mar. 23 with a back injury. Konopka saw 8:58 of ice time in his return, where he picked up five penalty minutes and won eight of 11 faceoffs.
Apr 14 - 1:54 AM

Zenon Konopka will not be available on Tuesday due to a back injury.

Konopka has a goal, three points and 83 penalty minutes in 58 games this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 25 - 1:18 PM

Zenon Konopka (finger) will rejoin the Sabres on Friday.

Konopka missed Buffalo's first two games following the Olympic break after undergoing surgery during it. He's projected to center the fourth line.
Feb 28 - 2:40 PM

Zenon Konopka underwent finger surgery during the Olympic break.

Konopka should still be good to return before the March 5 trade deadline. The Sabres will presumably shop him, but we doubt he'll attract much attention. Buffalo got him in January after Minnesota placed him on waivers.
Feb 25 - 12:39 PM

The Buffalo Sabres won't use Zenon Konopka on Wednesday.

Konopka has three points and 73 penalty minutes in 48 games this season. This will be his second straight contests in the press box.
Feb 5 - 1:39 PM

Don't be surprised if Zenon Konopka is a healthy scratch Wednesday against Toronto.

He was in the penalty box for both of Philadelphia's goals in a 4-3 loss on Tuesday. "You don't take foolish penalties when the score's tied, 2-2, and give them the go-ahead goal," interim coach Ted Nolan said referring to Konopka's goaltender inference infraction at the 15:06 mark of the third period.
Jan 15 - 7:22 AM

Zenon Konopka made his Buffalo Sabres debut on Saturday.

Konopka had a shot on goal and two hits in 11:37 minutes of ice time. He doesn't do much offensively, but he does collect a lot of penalty minutes.
Jan 5 - 9:06 AM

Zenon Konopka arrived at Buffalo's optional morning skate Saturday after some travel issues and he's expected to play against New Jersey.

He'll play between John Scott and Matt Ellis in his Sabres debut after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota.
Jan 4 - 1:41 PM

Steve Ott and Marcus Foligno skated together in practice Friday and could easily be joined by newcomer Zenon Konopka, who will be in Buffalo today after being claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.

Konopka won't help the Sabres score much but rest assured he likes to punch people and will even win draws from time to time.
Jan 4 - 9:38 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have claimed Zenon Konopka off of waivers.

Konopka goes from the 29th worst team in goals per game to the absolute bottom of the barrel in that category. Naturally, getting Konopka will do nothing to fix that problem for Buffalo. However, he will help them on the draw and that's noteworthy given that Buffalo has only won 46.4% of its faceoffs this season. He should also continue to average well over a penalty minute per contest.
Jan 3 - 12:13 PM

Zenon Konopka has been placed on waivers by Minnesota.

Not a very good birthday present for the 33-year-old tough guy. Konopka has two points and 55 penalty minutes in 36 games this campaign.
Jan 2 - 12:55 PM

Zenon Konopka will likely play on Sunday against San Jose after spending two games as a healthy scratch.

"It's all about beating San Jose," Konopka said. "It's a huge conference game, so we've just got to make sure we get the two points." He has a goal and 37 penalty minutes in 28 games this season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 10:06:00 AM

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