TORONTO, SEPT. 26 -- Grant Fuhr had a 75-minute hearing today into his admissions of substance abuse. NHL President John Ziegler said he did not know when a decision would be announced on the disciplining of the Edmonton Oilers goaltender.
The NHL has issued a gag order on the hearing, and Ziegler said he did not know when he would render his decision.
The Edmonton Journal, quoting several sources, including Fuhr's ex-wife, reported Aug. 31 that Fuhr, 28, who faces a possible lifetime NHL ban, has abused cocaine since 1983 or 1984. The Journal said Fuhr failed a private drug test and spent two weeks in a Florida treatment center in August 1989.
Fuhr is the fifth player to go before Ziegler in connection with the league's drug policy.
The NHL says it has a zero-tolerance drug policy, but Ziegler commuted the sentences of the four previous players who faced him on drug abuse issues. All had received lengthy suspensions.
Borje Salming admitted in 1986 to using cocaine six or seven years earlier. He was suspended for a year, but that was cut to eight regular season games and four exhibition games. Salming was fined $500, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.
The most severe punishment was given to Detroit's Bob Probert, who was expelled by the league after being arrested by U.S. officials for cocaine possession on March 2, 1989.