Steve Montador was a former Chicago Blackhawks player, known for being physical. According to the Chicago Tribune (12/8/15), around 80 former NHL players are involved in a class-action lawsuit against the NHL, alleging the league did not adequately warn them about the long-term consequences of repeated head injuries. Montador reportedly suffered 15 documented concussions, four of which occurred within three months.
According to court documents, during his NHL career Montador was involved in 69 on-ice fights and sustained “thousands of sub-concussive brain traumas and multiple concussions, many of which were undiagnosed and/or undocumented.”
As a result, Montador’s family alleges Montador suffered memory problems, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and behavioral changes. After Montador died at age 35, a review of his brain found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a deterioration of the brain. According to the Chicago Tribune article, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said there is no established link between playing in the NHL and brain disease.
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Meanwhile, the trial concerning Freddie Gray, who died of a fatal neck injury while in police custody, has heard expert testimony. According to KPACX News (12/10/15), prosecutors filed charges against the officers involved, alleging Gray suffered a broken neck on April 12 while he was being transported in a police van. Although he was in custody and in shackles, Gray was not put in a seatbelt. He reportedly requested medical assistance during transportation but it was not given until later.
The NHL lawsuit is Paul Montador et al. v. National Hockey League et al., case number 1:15-cv-10989, in US District Court, Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.