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Russian Maxim Mamin suspended for two years for doping by IIHF

Russian forward Maxim Mamin was suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation Monday from all competition authorized or organized by the IIHF for two years.

The 20-year-old tested positive for norandrosterone, a metabolite of the anabolic steroid nandrolone, in a random doping test in January while representing Russia at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Mamin helped Russia win a bronze medal at the world juniors, finishing the tournament with three assists in seven games. He also played professionally for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian League this season, collecting one goal and two assists in 32 games.

The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland within the next three weeks, but if the decision stands, Mamin will be ineligible to compete until January 28, 2010.

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