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Claude Lemieux (32) played 32 games for the Stars in 2002-03. ((Ric Francis/Associated Press))

Forward Claude Lemieux is making a comeback bid with the Worcester Sharks, the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. 

Lemieux, 43, confirmed Tuesday that he signed a tryout contract with Worcester, and will join the Sharks if and when he clears waivers, which takes 72 hours.

"Claude called and inquired about resuming his hockey career and we have given him an opportunity to pursue it with Worcester," said Wayne Thomas, who serves as general manager in Worcester and assistant GM in San Jose.

Lemieux played twice last month for the China Sharks, San Jose's pro affiliate in the Asia League.

"I would like to thank Wayne Thomas and the Worcester Sharks for the opportunity to show I can still play this game at a high level," he said.

Lemieux won four Stanley Cups, but he hasn't played in the NHL since 2002-03.

The Buckingham, Que., native amassed 379 goals and 406 assists for 785 points with 1,756 penalty minutes in 1,197 games over 21 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars.

"He is here to help this team win games," Thomas said.

Lemieux, a longtime friend of Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, won Stanley Cups with Montreal (1986), New Jersey (1995, 2000) and Colorado (1996).

He received the Conn Smythe Trophy as top playoff performer in 1995.

With files from the Associated Press