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Ex-hockey star Kevin Stevens charged with drug offense

Famed former pro hockey player Kevin Stevens, who was raised in Massachusetts and won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was charged in federal court Thursday with conspiring to sell oxycodone.

Stevens, 51, of Pembroke, and another man, Christopher Alonardo, who is in his late 40s, from Medford, are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone around the fall of 2015, according to court records.

They are being held until a detention hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Stevens was born in Brockton and raised in Pembroke, and had a lengthy pro career as a star winger and forward, playing for the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers, in addition to the Penguins. Before the NHL, Stevens was a star player at Boston College, and represented the United States on the 1988 Olympic hockey team in Calgary.


He has battled substance abuse and entered the NHL Substance Abuse Program before retiring in 2002.

In a statement, his attorney, John J. Commisso of Jackson Lewis, P.C. in Boston, said that Stevens remains plagued with “injuries, pain, and other challenges.”

He said Stevens would contest the charges.

Commisso said he expects Stevens will be released within a few days.

Milton Valencia can be reached at milton.valencia@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MiltonValencia.