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Bell Placed in NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse Program

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
September 4, 2007

-- The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell has been placed in Stage 2 of the Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health program of the NHLPA and the NHL.

Per the terms of the SABH program, a player who is convicted of a controlled-substance offence (including under a plea arrangement or similar procedure), is assessed by the program doctors and staged appropriately.

Bell recently pleaded no contest in California to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run.

By reason of his Stage 2 placement, Bell is suspended without pay until reinstated for on-ice competition by the program doctors after consultation with the NHL and NHLPA. The program doctors will make a clinical determination as to the training camp activities in which Bell may be allowed to participate.

The program’s doctors, Dr. Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHLPA and Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL, are administering Bell’s care.
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