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Flames' Letourneau-Leblond suspended for boarding

Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 7:11 PM / News

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Flames' Letourneau-Leblond suspended for boarding

NEW YORK (AP) - Brendan Shanahan has handed out his first suspension since becoming the NHL's dean of discipline, banning Calgary forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for the rest of the preseason and the Flames' first game of the regular season.

Letourneau-Leblond will miss five games, the last one being the regular-season opener against Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, for hitting Vancouver forward Matt Clackson from behind on Tuesday. Shanahan suspended Letourneau-Leblond on Thursday in his new role as the NHL senior vice president of player safety.

Letourneau-Leblond violated the league's expanded boarding rule that was created during the offseason.

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