Maple Leafs' Clarkson Banned 10 Games For Joining Brawl

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Reuters
Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been suspended 10 regular season games for leaving the bench to join a brawl in a preseason game versus the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Monday.

Maple Leafs' Clarkson Banned 10 Games For Joining Brawl

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been suspended 10 regular season games for leaving the bench to join a brawl in a preseason game versus the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Monday.

An earlier fight raised tensions in the exhibition game on Sunday and the melee, which included a scrap between the teams' goalies, began when a Buffalo enforcer tried to instigate a fight with Toronto forward Phil Kessel.

Clarkson, who was Toronto's big free agent acquisition during the offseason when he signed a seven-year contract, will be eligible to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup on Oct. 25 at Columbus, the NHL said in a statement.