EMERSON, Manitoba (AP) — NHL free agent Mike Richards has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say he was charged Tuesday and is to appear in provincial court Sept. 10.

Police say a 30-year-old male was arrested and released June 17 after the RCMP was notified that a controlled substance had been intercepted at the Emerson port of entry.

Richards is from Kenora, Ontario, and is a free agent. The Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract this summer, citing a "material breach."

The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance against the Kings, contesting the contract termination. The union says a hearing date has not been set.

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