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NHL OK’s Devils’ Daneyko To Play

February 7, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko was cleared to return to play by the NHL Saturday following rehabilitation treatment for an alcohol problem.

Daneyko had entered an NHL-sponsored substance abuse program Nov. 1 for treatment of a self-described ``binge drinking″ problem.

Daneyko resumed working out with the team Tuesday and is expected to return to action after the Olympic break.

``Hopefully this will prolong my career and I can have a new lease on life and a new lease on the game,″ he said after the workout.

He will be monitored for follow-up care, the NHL said.

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