01/02/2015 04:05 EST | Updated 03/04/2015 05:59 EST

Canadian forward Matt Carter tests positive for ephedrine in French ice hockey league

GAP, France - Canadian forward Matt Carter has been provisionally suspended by the French ice hockey federation after testing positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine.

The 27-year-old Carter, who plays for French club Rapaces de Gap, tested positive after a league match on Dec. 23. His club said Friday that Carter was using an over-the-counter asthma medicine sold in the United States that contained the substance.

The club insisted that Carter, the second-leading scorer in the league this season with 13 goals, took the medicine without consulting team doctors but "will help him give further proof of his good faith."