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Mark Bell will attempt NHL comeback with Anaheim Ducks, signing 1-year deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mark Bell is attempting an NHL comeback with the Anaheim Ducks, who have signed the veteran forward to a one-year contract.

The Ducks announced the deal Wednesday.

The former No. 8 overall pick played for Chicago, San Jose and Toronto, but has been out of the NHL since 2008.

Bell scored 182 points in 445 career NHL games, never reaching his full potential. After spending one season in the AHL, he spent the past two years with Kloten in Switzerland's top league.

Bell was a particular disappointment in San Jose, which acquired him to play alongside Joe Thornton in 2006. Bell was arrested for drunken driving after seriously injuring another driver in a hit-and-run crash before he even played for the Sharks, who discarded him after one season.

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