The Red Wing's Bob Probert filed suit Monday against the U.S. Immigration Service in an effort to get permission to travel to Canada with the team. Probert is fighting a deportation order by an immigration judge, and if he leaves the United States while that case is pending, he can't return.
Probert was arrested March 2, 1989, trying to smuggle about 14 grams of cocaine, hidden in his underwear, into Detroit from his native Windsor, Ontario.
The National Hockey League reinstated Probert on March 9 at the request of the Red Wings, but he hasn't been able to travel with the club when it plays the Canadian teams in the league.
Probert filed the suit in U.S. District Court. A hearing was set for today.
Around the league
North Stars: Majority owner Norman Green announced that he has gained sole control of the team after negotiating a deal with Morris Belzberg to buy his 24.5 percent share. No terms were disclosed.
"This arrangement confirms to the team and the community my commitment to keep the North Stars in Minnesota," said Green said.
Capitals: Leading scorer Dino Ciccarelli will be sidelined at least six weeks with a fractured bone in his right hand. Doctors will insert a pin today.
Canadiens: Team captain Guy Carnonneau, 30, has turned down a contract offer and says he is prepared to play out his option and become a free agent next season.
Carbonneau and defenseman Peter Svoboda both remain unsigned and are playing out their options.