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Rangers’ Fleury Fined for Gesture

January 23, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Rangers forward Theo Fleury was fined $1,000 by the NHL on Wednesday, one day after making an inappropriate gesture to fans at the conclusion of a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum.

``Mr. Fleury’s gesture lacked professionalism,″ NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said. ``He has been advised that any similar incident in the future will be dealt with more strictly and he will be considered a repeat offender.″

Fleury had gone five games without a penalty after racking up 42 penalty minutes on a recent six-game West Coast road trip.

He said he was battling ``personal issues″ that were a distraction, but promised his teammates he would contain himself during games.

Fleury was taunted by fans on Long Island on Tuesday night during the Rangers’ stunning comeback from a 4-1 deficit.

Some wore No. 14 Rangers sweaters but had derogatory names on the back where Fleury’s surname should have been. Fleury was apparently directing the obscene gestures at some of those fans after the victory.

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