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Toronto Marlies left-winger Brad Ross given 20-game suspension by AHL @NHL

TORONTO - The American Hockey League has suspended Toronto Marlies left-winger Brad Ross for 20 games for violating the terms of the AHL/Professional Hockey Players' Association performance-enhancing substances program.

Ross, a 22-year-old native of Lethbridge, Alta., has seven points (four goals, three assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 21 AHL games this season. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the second round (No. 43 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs organization supports the AHL Substance Abuse Program and today's decision to suspend forward Brad Ross," Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "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."

The league did not reveal any other details in a short release Wednesday afternoon. A message left with the Marlies was not immediately returned.

Ross will be eligible to return to the lineup March 8. The six-foot-one, 183-pound forward is in his third season with the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate.

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