Sports Illustrated quotes unidentified sources in its latest edition as saying several players on the Edmonton Oilers, dethroned last week as National Hockey League champions, have been involved with cocaine and other illegal drugs.
The report, in the magazine's May 12 edition, did not identify any of the players or sources of the information. One person, identified only as a former "Oiler insider," said "at least five team members have had 'substantial' cocaine problems," the magazine reported.
The magazine did quote Sgt. Hal Johnson, head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Edmonton drug squad, as saying the Mounties have received unsubstantiated reports of drug use among team members.
"We've had information passed to us," he said. "We do not have evidence to lay charges, but we have information that there are users on the club."