Guildford Flames forward Rick Plant has been handed an 18-month suspension after he failed a routine drugs test.
Plant tested positive at a British National League clash with Bracknell Bees at Amen Corner on 6 December.
A banned Class 'A' stimulant was confirmed by the 'B' sample, and carries a maximum two-year ban for a first offence under new guidelines.
Plant, who has the right to request an appeal, will be ruled out of the game from 1 March until 31 August 2005.
British ice hockey's governing body Ice Hockey UK confirmed the punishment at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.
Guildford have pledged to offer their all-time top-scoring British-trained
player all the help he needs.
"Rick has been with us for six seasons, and there is not a bad thing we can
say about this classy young man," they said in a club statement.
"Rick is a quality person, and we give him nothing but our sincerest good
wishes for the future.
"This is a very difficult situation, and we are offering our assistance to
help Rick with anything he may need in dealing with these unfortunate