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Zenon Konopka Looks for NHL Contract After Suspension

Konopka motivated to finish career on his own terms

In January, when the NHL lifted Zenon Konopka’s shocking 20-game performance-enhancing drug suspension, the former Buffalo Sabres center briefly went to Poland, where his father was born, to see if he could still play.

For months, Konopka, a free agent, had shut hockey out of his life. The 34-year-old instead buried himself in his ZK28 wine line and other businesses. But by the winter, he began to understand how much he missed the sport he had fought so hard to play professionally for 12 seasons.