Lapointe cleared to return to Flyers
The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players
Association announced today that forward Claude Lapointe of the
Philadelphia Flyers has been cleared to return to on-ice competition.
Lapointe will continue to participate in the after-care phase of the
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the
The program's doctors, Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL and Dr.
Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHLPA, continue to administer Lapointe's
Lapointe entered the program voluntarily in early December.
The 35-year-old defensive centre was acquired by the Flyers last
March from the New York Islanders for a fifth-round draft pick. He
had two goals and two assists while appearing in 19 games this season.