Ex-NHL Champ Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

     BOSTON (CN) – Retired NHL star Kevin Stevens was released from federal custody Tuesday after pleading not guilty to charges of possession and distribution of oxycodone.
     Stevens was arrested on May 12 on allegations that he and Christopher Alonardo had been selling addictive painkiller oxycodone. Both men face possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy charges.
     Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Moran withdrew the government’s request for detention, but asked that the judge include an order for Stevens to abstain from gambling while released, which was granted.
     Alonardo was not released because the U.S. Attorney’s office had yet to confirm his place of residence, but Alonardo will return to court May 18 after his home has been inspected.
     With regard to Alonardo, I think we’re almost there,” Moran told Judge Judith Dein in a Boston courtroom Tuesday. “Probation has arranged to make a home visit tomorrow to iron out the issue.”
     Stevens played left wing for the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins from 1987-1995, including the team’s 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup runs.
     He continued his career with brief stints with the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers before returning to Pittsburgh for his final season in 2001.
     Stevens was arrested in 2000 for possession of cocaine when he was caught smoking crack cocaine with a prostitute in a hotel room.
     As part of his release, Stevens agreed to enter programs for mental health and substance abuse treatment. He will also submit to random drug tests.
     Stevens will return to court on June 21.

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