Head injuries lead the list of the most devastating an athlete can suffer, and former NHL players are standing up to the league for putting them at risk. Today, twenty more former players have added their names to a lawsuit being brought before the court by more than 100 former NHLers, including names like Gary Leeman and Bernie Nicholls. According to a list from James Mirtle, the new players are:
William “Billy” Huard
John Wayne Rivers
According to a piece by Michael Drapnek of CBC back in February, when Grant Ledyard and eleven others added their names, the lawsuit alleges that “the NHL knew or ought to have known about the link between repetitive concussive events and long-term brain damage but failed to protect or educate its players.”
It also states that Ledyard suffers from “headaches, mood swings, losing his temper for little or no reason, and depression. He drinks alcohol to assist with sleep. He has issues with sensitivity to light.” Much anecdotal evidence supports these claims, including the recent article by Gabriel Landeskog in the Players Tribune. In it, Landeskog references the “warrior mentality” that the league perpetrates, though he does clearly state that the issues are being resolved, if slowly.
The lawsuit will be presented in a Minneapolis court later this year.