U Sports DL Donovan Burgmaier suspended after admitting use of banned substance

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University of Alberta defensive lineman Donovan Burgmaier has been suspended by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport for three years following a doping violation.

According to the file outcome summary, the 25-year-old was in communication with the CCES on December 16, 2021 regarding an unrelated ongoing proceeding and admitted to taking dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic substance, while playing for the Edmonton Huskies of the Canadian Junior Football League in 2016 and 2017.

He was provisionally suspended on January 26, 2022 and submitted an early admission and acceptance form on March 7, 2022, which waived his right to a hearing. The final date of his suspension will be January 25, 2025.

Burgmaier was invited to participate in the Western Regional Combine on March 18, 2022 but was deemed ineligible due to the CCES sanction. The CFL has confirmed to 3DownNation that he will be deferred to the 2023 CFL Draft and eligible to participate in next year’s regional and national combines.

The six-foot-five, 250-pound defensive lineman recorded 23 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, and three pass breakups with the Golden Bears during the 2021 U Sports season. He would likely have been a late-round selection in the 2022 CFL Draft.