After 20-game PED suspension, Ashton sent to AHL for conditioning

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been reactivated following his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, and sent to AHL Marlies on a conditioning assignment.

On Nov. 6, Ashton admitted the ingestion of a banned substance — Clenbuterol, which he claimed he absorbed while using another person’s inhaler during an asthma attack — but said that “at no time was I seeking to gain an athletic advantage.”

Prior to getting suspended, the 23-year-old had been held pointless in three regular season games with the Maple Leafs.