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Four teams drop opposition to Brandon Sugden playing in NHL

The the four teams that opposed tough guy Brandon Sugden returning to the NHL have had a change of heart after the league followed up on his case, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger

Sugden recently received an invite from the New York Islanders to attend their training camp, but had been denied the opportunity after teams voted not to allow him back after he “retired” during the 2006-07 season while playing with the American League’s Syracuse Crunch.

The issue at hand was an NHL by-law requiring players who retire to sit out for one season before returning to action. Shortly after leaving the Crunch, Sugden began playing semi-pro hockey for the St-Jean Chiefs of the Ligue Nord Américaine de Hockey (LNAH).

In order to play in the NHL without sitting out the mandatory year, the 30-year-old needed approval from all 30 NHL clubs.


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