Anaheim Ducks' Nick Ritchie, right, fights with Arizona Coyotes' Jarred Tinordi (28) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 5-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Ross D. Franklin
March 09, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended for 20 games without pay for violating terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program.

The NHL announced the suspension Wednesday.

Tinordi says in a statement released by the NHL Players' Association that he did not knowingly take a banned substance but accepts responsibility for failing a drug test. He did not identify the drug but said he would work hard in his return to the ice and learning from what he called a ''frustrating setback.''

Tinordi was acquired by the Coyotes in January in a series of trades that sent enforcer John Scott to Montreal.

He has 17 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Canadiens and Coyotes this season.

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