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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has received a 20-game suspension on Thursday for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

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.”

Stephanie is currently a student at Roger Williams University and is working toward a BFA in Creative Writing and Film. She is hoping to pursue a master's degree in Sports Journalism after graduating. Stephanie is a former basketball player and now enjoys writing from the sidelines (though she wouldn't be opposed to watching from a press box). She quite literally turned into a full-fledged hockey fan overnight, and she is the lone Rangers/Blackhawks fan in a family of hardcore Bruins fans. During the offseason, she enjoys writing, film, traveling, and theatre. Twitter: @stephanielynn_


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