Samueli reinstated as Ducks owner

NEW YORK -- Henry Samueli has been reinstated as owner of the Anaheim Ducks after serving a suspension handed down by the NHL more than a year ago, when he pleaded guilty to a felony count of lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman lifted the ban on Thursday.

Samueli's wife, Susan, also returned to active status as co-owner of the Ducks. She had relinquished her role to "avoid any possible improper appearance."

Samueli was suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the NHL on June 24, 2008.

The co-founder of the chipmaker Broadcom Corp., Samueli entered the guilty plea after a U.S. federal probe into illegal stock option backdating at the company.