Bell gets call from Ducks, returns to NHL after four-year absence wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Mark Bell from their AHL affiliate in Syracuse, returning the veteran center to the NHL after nearly four years away.

The Ducks recalled Bell on Friday in advance of their meeting with Ottawa on Saturday. The power forward hasn't played in the NHL since April 5, 2008.

Bell played four strong seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks before they traded him to San Jose in 2006.

But Bell pleaded no contest to drunk driving after seriously injuring another motorist in a crash before his only season with the Sharks, and he was out of the NHL after one more season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He has spent time in the AHL and in Switzerland's top league during the past four years. He has 13 points in 32 games with Syracuse.

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