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Defenseman Hill suspended 20 games

Updated: April 21, 2007, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Islanders defenseman Sean Hill on Friday became the first NHL player suspended for violating the league's drug policy -- a 20-game ban that will carry into next season.

Hill was already traveling home to Long Island when the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Where Hill will be playing next remains a question because he completed his one-year ...

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