Lapointe enters treatment program

Updated: December 4, 2003, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Lapointe has entered the NHL's substance abuse treatment program, the league said Thursday.

The Flyers did not elaborate on Lapointe's condition nor say when he is scheduled to return.

"He's been having some problems so he voluntarily decided to take care of them," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "When he comes back we'll get him playing again."

The program's doctors, Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL and Dr. Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHL Players' Association, are supervising Lapointe's care, the NHL said in a news release.

The Flyers acquired Lapointe last March from the New York Islanders for a fifth-round draft pick. This season, he has two goals and two assists for four points and 10 penalty minutes in 19 games.

He signed a two-year contract with the Flyers in July.

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