Not surprising at all. This is why the NHL is trying to cut down on fighting, et. al. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... TE=DEFAULT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.
The NHL didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Well, of course not, ain't that what the nhlPA is for? Shouldn't they be going to them and filing and the Players Association handles this stuff?
WHO are these "ten players" anyway? Out of a league that has, what, 700+ players in it just for this year alone, and out of all of them, TEN.....TEN file a class action? Just ten?
*pauses, collects his thoughts after that mental trainwreck and continues*
So let me get this straight: You play a CONTACT sport that, among things like ramming one another into walls, other teams and your own boxes and so forth and includes you fighting one another, as in my fist hits your face repeatedly AND YOU WANT TO SUE? I mean, didn't the NHL just get done in the last 20+ years requiring helmets, additional penalties for fighting and even removing your helmet during a fight and now even suspending the hell out of players just for touching someone NEAR the head?
The whole NFL difference is BS - how do you hit someone in the Football? You aim for the chest, right? Not the legs or the head because headshots become concussions and leg shots can end a career on a FULL CONTACT SPORT. Say that again. FULL CONTACT SPORT. Meaning you're going to get hit and it may really hurt. It's the nature of the game.
I think the NHL is doing a good job with calling out issues. Sucking at suspension times, but they're making an effort.
God I need an asprin.
Where the Frank