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January 14, 2015
Another Maple Leafs farmhand suspended for PED violation
Brad Ross of the Toronto Marlies was suspended for violating the AHL's PED rules
Brad Ross of the Toronto Marlies was suspended for violating the AHL’s PED rules
For the second time this season, a player within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization was suspended for violating terms of the performance enhancing substances program. Brad Ross, who plays for the Leafs’ top farm club, the Toronto Marlies, received a 20-game suspension from the American Hockey League Wednesday for his PED violation. Carter Ashton, who saw time with the Maple Leafs this season, was suspended 20 games by the NHL for the same violation. He has already served the duration of that suspension and returned to the Maple Leafs lineup in late December. PED suspensions have been incredibly rare to see in hockey, which is why two violations out of the same organization in the same season is rightfully raising eyebrows. Ross, 22, was a second-round selection of Toronto’s in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has seven points in 21 games for the Marlies this season and also spent time with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. He has yet to play in an NHL game. Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis released the following statement through the team regarding Ross’ suspension:
“The Toronto Maple Leafs organization supports the AHL Substance Abuse Program and today’s decision to suspend forward Brad Ross. “Our organization is diligent in its work to only provide our athletes supplements approved by the Banned Substance Control Group, and we’ve stressed the importance of staying within these parameters to maintain the integrity of what goes into their bodies. We are disappointed with Brad and fully support today’s suspension.”
Ross became the second AHL player to be suspended this season under the league’s performance enhancing substances program. Brad Mills of the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa’s top farm club, received a 20-game ban in October. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24961947/another-maple-leafs-farmhand-suspended-for-ped-violation