MONTREAL, FEB. 4 -- Edmonton Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr, suspended for one year by the National Hockey League last September for drug use, was reinstated today by league president John Ziegler.
Fuhr is eligible to return to the Oilers on Feb. 18 after having served about five months of the suspension. To get some game action, he will join the Oilers' American Hockey League team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Feb. 12.
Team spokesman Bill Tuele said from Boston, where the Oilers play on Tuesday night, that Fuhr would report to Cape Breton next Tuesday and would rejoin Edmonton on Feb. 18, when the Oilers play at New Jersey.
Tuele said Fuhr has been practicing with the club, as allowed under the terms of the suspension, and "is in the best shape of his life. He's been working out with a personal conditioning coach and he's done an exceptional job with his rehabilitation. He's done more than he was required to do. All he needs is some game action."
Fuhr admitted last summer to using "a substance" only after the Edmonton Journal confronted him with evidence about his cocaine use that had been confirmed by his ex-wife, Corrine, and other sources.
Ziegler suspended Fuhr following a meeting with the goaltender, his lawyer and Oilers President Glen Sather, at which Fuhr said he had not used drugs for more than a year.
The order allowed the suspension to be commuted if the Oilers appealed before Feb. 1, 1991, and Fuhr demonstrated that he "did not conduct himself in a manner to have caused dishonor or prejudice to the league."