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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.
Based on his average annual salary, Ashton will forfeit $169,185.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing substance policy.

"The suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment," per an NHL release.

Ashton will forfeit $169,185 during the suspension.

The 23-year-old Ashton released a statement regarding the suspension, claiming he suffered an asthmatic spasm in late August during summer training and was given an inhaler by another player. Ashton kept the inhaler and used it a second time early in training camp after another asthma attack.

"Unfortunately, I incorrectly assumed that there were no problems associated with the use of this inhaler and I used it without checking to see whether its contents were permissible under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program," Ashton said in his statement.

"I now recognize that I ingested Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance, through the inhaler. However, at no time was I seeking to gain an athletic advantage or to knowingly violate the terms of the program. I used the inhaler in response to exercise-induced asthma, a condition that my doctor with the Toronto Maple Leafs has since diagnosed and he has prescribed me with an inhaler."

Ashton has been held pointless in three games with the Maple Leafs this season, spending the majority of the season to-date in the Leafs' press box.

"As a professional hockey player, I recognize that I am responsible for what I put into my body, and I will not appeal my suspension. While I am extremely disappointed that I have let my teammates, our fans and the Maple Leafs organization down, I will work very hard during my suspension to stay in game shape so that I can help out the team when I am able to return.”

Team President Brendan Shanahan released a statement Thursday, backing the League's decision. He added that no further comments would be made out of respect for Ashton and the "process involved."

Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2012 NHL trade deadline, Ashton has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Maple Leafs, registering three assists in 50 games. He was originally selected in the first round (29th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

http://www.tsn.ca/leafs-ashton-suspended-20-games-for-violating-ped-policy-1.127003

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Bust. Didn't look good since he was drafted. Guess he took the PED's so he could become useful in one way or another instead of being a bust but he just got busted. Lol

Well, it was worth a try.

Clenbuterol is legitimate for use as a breathing remedy, but it also has performance enhancing properties too, as I've looked up on Google.

I think it was flimsy of an excuse to say that another player gave it to him and he kept it. Besides, wouldn't he need to identify that other person as well?

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If that's his story, I wonder why he wont appeal then..?

Because the 20 game suspension is happening regardless of what the story behind it is.

He wrongfully assumed that he ingested a substance would not have any problems. It sucks and I'm sure he wished that he could get some leniency on it. I'd feel sorry for him too but the rules are rules.

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Is this the day to 'fess up? Comin' clean, I'd like to admit that I've been posting(at tims) occasionally under the influence of Clenbuterol, as well..Obviously it's outa' line, & gave me a humongous advantage over others.

If CDC wants to give me 20 games, I'm feelin' shame..should I throw some Yen in the kitty?..See ya'all in the new yr..will train hard.

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Clenbutrol is well known in the fitness world as a PED commonly used to burn fat.

It is used to treat asthma as well, but for a pro athlete it's important to know these things.

Isn't that illegal in Canada and the US for human consumption? thats what i was told even with some animals it should be avoided.

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