Horcoff returns to Ducks practice, regrets substance ban

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Shawn Horcoff has returned to practice with the Anaheim Ducks while serving his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL’s performance-enhancing substances program.

Horcoff practiced on Tuesday, the first day he was eligible to come back. His suspension lasts until March 11.

Horcoff says he regrets taking an unspecified substance to deal with a hand injury in November. He says he didn’t know the treatment was banned by the league, but took responsibility for his error.

Horcoff has six goals and four assists in 45 games during his first season with the Ducks. He will lose nearly $360,000 in salary during the suspension.

The Ducks have been on a spectacular run in Horcoff’s absence, going 13-1-1 with an eight-game winning streak.