Maple Leafs’ Ashton suspended 2 games for hit

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Updated: November 1, 2013

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton
was suspended two games without pay for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman
Derek Smith, the NHL announced Friday.

Ashton received a boarding penalty for shoving Smith into the boards from
several feet away in the second period of Toronto’s 4-2 win at Calgary on
Wednesday night.

The hit caused a “dangerous and violent collision with the boards,” NHL senior
VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan said.

“This is an extremely dangerous distance from the boards for such a forceful
and preventable hit and the results could have been much worse,” Shanahan
said.

Smith was not injured on the play and Ashton had no history of suspensions or
fines in 24 previous NHL games.

Ashton, 22, was a first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2009. He played 15
games for the Maple Leafs in 2011-12 and has one assist in 10 games this
season.

He will forfeit $8,615.38 for the suspension with the money going to the
Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.