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Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Lapointe treated for depression in past month

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Claude Lapointe was cleared by the NHL on Tuesday to return to the Philadelphia Flyers after a month in the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program.

Lapointe will continue in the program and be monitored by doctors from the league and the players union, the NHL and the NHL Players Association said in a joint statement.

Lapointe said last month he was being treated for depression, not drug or alcohol abuse. The center played 19 games this season before spending 28 days at a center in Boca Raton, Fla.

Lapointe was sent to the Flyers from the New York Islanders before last season's trading deadline.