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NHL lifts suspension, reinstates Henry Samueli as owner of Anaheim Ducks

NEW YORK – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reinstated Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, lifting a ban imposed two summers ago after the billionaire philanthropist’s guilty plea to a felony count of lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Samueli’s wife Susan also returned to active status as co-owner of the Ducks. She had relinquished her role to “avoid any possible improper appearance.”

Ducks CEO Michael Schulman ran the club in their absence.

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“We welcome Henry and Susan Samueli back as fully reinstated owners and members of the NHL community,” Bettman said in a statement.

Samueli was suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the NHL on June 24, 2008.

Samueli, co-founder of the chipmaker Broadcom Corp., entered the guilty plea after a U.S. federal probe into illegal stock option backdating at Broadcom.