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A coach with the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association has been reinstated after controversy over a racial slur.

Greg Walsh pulled his team off the ice at a minor league game in Peterborough, Ont., last month after an opposing player uttered a racial slur at one of his players.

Mr. Walsh was suspended by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association until next April for breaking a rule.

Mr. Walsh received word of his reinstatement this morning and it is effective immediately.

He was told by the association's executive director in an email that the suspension was overturned.

"There was no explanation given," Mr. Walsh told radio station CKRU.

The opposing player was suspended for three games.

The Peterborough Minor Hockey Association is now looking at implementing a new policy on how to better deal with situations such as this one.

NDP sports critic Paul Miller sent a letter to the minor hockey association Monday applauding the decision to reinstate Mr. Walsh.

"I was very concerned about the suspension of coach Walsh," he wrote.

"Serving as a hockey coach means much more than teaching hockey skills to young players. It also means acting as a role model, something that both he, and now the OMHA, have done."

Mr. Walsh will be back behind the bench at his team's next game Jan. 10.

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