Claude Lemieux signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks' AHL affiliate in Worcester on Tuesday, officially resuming his pro hockey career after a five-year absence.
Lemieux, who won four Stanley Cup championships with three NHL teams, must pass through AHL waivers before he can suit up for the Worcester Sharks. The 43-year-old Lemieux has said he wants to make a comeback to the NHL, where he last played for Dallas in 2003.
Lemieux played parts of 20 seasons in the NHL, winning titles with Montreal (1986), New Jersey (1995 and 2000) and Colorado (1996). He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in 1995, and his 80 postseason goals rank ninth in league history.
Lemieux played two games with the China Sharks, San Jose's affiliate in Shanghai, earlier this year while he contemplated a comeback.