Ashton will be suspended without pay and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $169,185. The Collective Bargaining Agreement dictates that his suspension will also include a mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation. Subsequent treatment may result from this referral as well.
Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan released the following statement regarding Ashton’s suspension:
“The Toronto Maple Leafs support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and today’s decision to suspend forward Carter Ashton. At this time, out of respect for Carter and the process involved, the Club will not comment any further.”