Retired defenseman signs one-day deal

NEWARK, N.J. -- Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko will sign a one-day contract with the Newark Bears next week.

Daneyko, who retired in July after helping the Devils win their
third Stanley Cup since 1995, had been scheduled to be honored by
the Bears in a pregame ceremony on Sept. 13.

But the 18-year NHL veteran impressed Bears officials during
batting practice and they decided to make him eligible to play in
Newark's game against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors.

"We are just excited to provide this special opportunity to one
of New Jersey's most popular athletes,'' said Bears vice president
and general manager Chris Bryan.

Daneyko said he is excited to don a different uniform.

"Being such a big baseball fan, I am well-acquainted with
(Bears manager) Bill Madlock's major league career and am honored
to have the chance to meet him and be a part of his team, even if
it's just for one day,'' he said.