9/13/08 8:00PM - I just got a call from a very excited Brandon Sugden to let all of us know that he has been cleared to play!!! He wants to thank all the people that believed in him and signed the petition! He was told that the petition was a deciding factor, so give yourselves a hand!!!! - Dave
You are no doubt aware that three NHL teams have objected to Brandon Sugden returning to pro hockey this season. Brandon had planned on attending camp with the Islanders.
It has not been revealed which teams blocked Brandon, but the denial means he can't sign a deal with an NHL component or play in the NHL until next season. Brandon needed to clear this odd technicality because after leaving the Crunch two seasons ago, he announced it as a "retirement.'' Because he "retired'' then came back to play pro hockey (in the LNAH) within one year, every other NHL organization had to give him a thumbs up to return. He could sign an AHL-only deal or return to the Quebec League, but that would push back the one-year sitting out period.
It is not fair to mess with a man's lively hood....his dream. Sign your name to this petition to voice your opinion that Brandon Sugden should be allowed to play professional hockey again THIS season.
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