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Maple Leafs' MacArthur latest NHLer hit with suspension

Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots during warmup before a preseason NHL game at the Air Canada Centre September 27, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur joined the growing list of NHL players hit with suspensions during the pre-season.

The NHL announced Saturday that MacArthur has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and two regular-season games for his illegal head shot on Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader.

The incident took place late in the third period Friday in Toronto's 4-3 overtime road win against the Red Wings. No penalty was assessed on the play.

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MacArthur will forfeit $35,135.14 (U.S.) and is eligible to return to Toronto's lineup Oct. 15 versus Calgary.

It was the ninth suspension handed out by new NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan during the pre-season.

Those bans total 31 regular-season games and close to $700,000 in lost salary.

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