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Rangers' Purinton suspended first 10 games of season

TORONTO -- New York Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton was
suspended 10 games without pay by the NHL on Tuesday for gouging
the eye of Boston's Colton Orr during an exhibition game.

Purinton was given a match penalty for gouging Orr's eye in the
third period Saturday. He will lose $26,658 and won't be eligible
to play until an Oct. 27 game against the Islanders.

"Purinton's actions were deliberate and dangerous," NHL
executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin
Campbell said in a statement. "In reaching this decision, it is
also noted that Purinton has been suspended on three previous
occasions by the league for deliberate attempts to injure an
opponent."

Orr's eye was swollen shut, though he hopes to play in
Wednesday's opener against Montreal.

Purinton was suspended three times for on-ice actions during the
2001-02 season. He also was released by the ECHL's Victoria Salmon
Kings last season after he received a suspension for refusing to
stop fighting and pulling the hair of a player.

Purinton has four goals, 16 assists and 578 penalty minutes in
181 career NHL regular-season games.