Report: Former NHL Players Suing League Over Concussions
Well I can’t say I’m surprised that hockey players have followed in the footsteps of their football brethren.
According to a report courtesy TheScore.com, 10 former NHLers are set to sue the league for being negligent towards its players as it pertains to concussions.
Ten former National Hockey League players are claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, seeks damages to be determined at trial. The players are also seeking court-approved medical monitoring for their brain trauma and/or injuries, which they blame on their NHL careers.
The suit comes just three months after the National Football League agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems.
The ex-hockey players claim that the NHL purposely concealed the risks of brain injuries faced by players, exposing them to unnecessary dangers.
This is sure to get more interesting as time progresses. I’m guessing the NHL saw this coming because they’ve been aggressive in their attempt to take big hits out of the game in recent years.
Not too long ago, the league saw an inordinate amount of its former players who were suffering from brain injuries sustained throughout their careers, commit suicide in a relatively short time span.
A lawsuit like this may also finally force the league to eradicate fighting from the game.