Stevens situation "resolved"

Veteran winger Kevin Stevens was back at practice with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, one day after a report said he was drinking last week in Colorado.

The 35-year-old Stevens is being monitored under the NHL's substance-abuse and behavioural-health program.

On Wednesday, a judge in Edwardsville, Ill., said Stevens must complete a court-supervised drug program in Philadelphia before a charge pending against him can be dropped.

According to a report Thursday in the Bucks County Courier Times, Stevens told a Flyers official last week he "went drinking" in Colorado on Dec. 13, after Philadelphia tied the Avalanche 3-3.

Stevens was a healthy scratch for the third straight game when the Flyers beat San Jose 4-3 Thursday night.

But Flyers coach Bill Barber denied Stevens' absence was related to drinking and said the situation was resolved.

"He's part of our hockey team, and that is the end of it," Barber said.

General manager Bob Clarke wouldn't comment.

Stevens issued a prepared statement prior to the game against San Jose, but didn't talk about what happened in Colorado.

"Obviously, I've made some mistakes to get into this situation, but right now, it's behind me," he said.

The three-time all-star was arrested Jan. 23 at a motel in Collinsville, a St. Louis suburb in Illinois, along with two other men and a woman described by police as a prostitute.

The woman told police she spent a night smoking crack cocaine with Stevens, then with the New York Rangers.

His arrest came hours after the Rangers played the St. Louis Blues.

Under the deal approved Wednesday, Stevens must complete up to 18 months of drug tests and court appearances, and attend recovery meetings to have the felony drug charge dropped.