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Fleury needs two appeals for clearance

Updated: January 21, 2005, 7:04 PM ET
Associated Press

RED DEER, Alberta -- Suspended NHL player Theo Fleury was cleared Friday to play in an independent Canadian hockey league during the lockout.

Fleury was cleared to play for the Horse Lake Thunder after a second appeal to Hockey Alberta, which had previously blocked him from playing.

"It's been a big distraction," Thunder coach Glen Watson said. "For some unknown reason, they thought he wasn't eligible to play. Now it's over with and now he's going to be playing."

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