NHL Reinstates former Chicago Blackhawks player Theuren Fleury
Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Theuren Fleury has been granted the opportunity to revive a professional career that crashed to a screeching halt in 2006 after being reinstated by the NHL.
Fleury, 41, was suspended for 25 games in 2002 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and again in 2003, where his indiscretions this time forced him out of the game for an indefinite period of time.
After trying to continue his playing career outside of the NHL with Horse Lake Thunder and then the Belfast Giants, Fleury finally agreed to enter a substance abuse program sanctioned by the league and the NHL Player’s Association in 2006.
Having now completed the program, Fleury has been permitted to play in the NHL once more and will now be monitored in the after-care phase by Dr Dave Lewis on behalf of the league and Dr Brian Shaw for the NHLPA.
Providing his rehabilitation continues successfully, Fleury could soon be playing in the NHL again for the first time in three years, allowing him to finally resume a career that spanned some 15 seasons with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Ranges and the Blackhawks.
Fleury notched up 455 goals and 1,088 points in his 1,084 NHL games, also helping the Flames to Stanley Cup victory back in 1989. More recently, the pro also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.