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Kordic inquest hears steroid details

A bottle of the same anabolic steroid that cost Ben Johnson his gold medal in the 1988 Olympics was found in hockey enforcer John Kordic's motel room the day he died, a coroner's inquest was told Wednesday.

Constable Jean-Marie Vallee of the Quebec provincial police told coroner Gerard Locas that 42 syringes and three bottles of steroids were found in Kordic's hotel room.

One of the steroids was stanozolol, the same drug for which Johnson tested positive in Seoul after winning the 100-meter dash. Police also found a bottle of Boldone, another anabolic steroid, and testosterone. All three drugs were labeled "for veterinary use only."

Kordic died in the early morning of Aug. 9 in an ambulance after he had been arrested for creating a disturbance in his room at the Motel Maxim in nearby L'Ancienne-Lorette.

In addition to the drugs, Vallee said he found three used syringes in Kordic's duffel bag, a small empty bottle labeled "sten" and a bottle of Muscle Flex, with the words "achieve peak performance" on the label.

Paul Bouchard, the Kordic family's lawyer, said the Kordics' only interest in the inquest is to find out the circumstances of his death.

Nordiques' Nolan signs

QUEBEC _ Right wing Owen Nolan signed a four-year contract plus an option year that will pay him $4.2-million, the Quebec Nordiques said Wednesday. Nolan, 20, the first overall pick in the NHL in 1990, had 42 goals and 31 assists in 75 games last season.