Report: Former NHLers players sue league over concussions

Nov 25, 4:28 PM

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.

Nov 28, 5:35 PM

Rick Vaive asks for his name to be removed from class action suit against NHL

Nov 28, 5:35 PM

Retired NHLer Rick Vaive was among the ten former players initially listed on a Class Action suit filed against the National Hockey League on Monday in a federal court in Washington. The suit alleges that the league was negligent in its handling of head injuries, and the number of plaintiffs has ballooned to 200 since it was originally filed.

Vaive, however, has asked for his name to be withdrawn from the class, according to Toronto Sun reporter Lance Hornby:

"(Rick) would not be involved again if he knew exactly what the claim was going to say," explained Vaive's lawyer Trevor Whiffen in an appearance on TSN1050 radio in Toronto on Thursday evening.

Nov 27, 3:51 PM

More than 200 former NHL players now involved in concussion lawuit

Nov 27, 3:51 PM

The number of former NHL players involved in the class-action concussion lawsuit against the league has grown to more than 200, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

The suit was originally filed by 10 former players on Monday, but the list of those getting involved has grown at a rapid rate over the past 48 hours, and is expected to contunie to climb throughout the afternoon on Wednesday.

Follow this stack for more details on this story as they become available.

Nov 26, 11:34 PM

Report: Former Islander Bob Bourne adds his name to concussion lawsuit

Nov 26, 11:34 PM

The class-action concussion lawsuit against the NHL attracted the support of another former player Tuesday.

Bourne entered the NHL in 1974 and won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders during the early 80's. He finished with 582 points in 964 career games.

Nov 25, 7:02 PM

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: NHL 'completely satisfied' with handling of head injuries

Nov 25, 7:02 PM

The National Hockey League has responded, through Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, to the class action suit filed by 10 former NHL players in a federal court in Washington on Monday.

From Yahoo! Sports' Nick Cotsonika:

Nov 25, 6:10 PM

NHLPA declines comment on class action suit filed by 10 former players

Nov 25, 6:10 PM

The NHLPA has declined comment on the class-action suit filed by 10 former players against the NHL on Monday.

From Yahoo! Sports' Greg Wyshynski:

Nov 25, 6:07 PM

Don Cherry listed on complaint filed by former players

Nov 25, 6:07 PM

Beyond the obviously explosive nature of a class action lawsuit filed against the National Hockey League by 10 former players alleging that the league was negligent and fraudulent in their handling of players who sustained head trauma, the complaint itself contains a few eyebrow raising details. You can read the complaint in full here.

One of those odd details? That Don Cherry's role promoting a "violence-centered culture promoted by the NHL" is mentioned at length. From the complaint:

For decades, the NHL has nurtured a culture of violence. Films such as Slapshot, The Last Gladiators, Goon, Youngblood and others reflect this NHL-inspired culture. The public statements of Don Cherry and the use of highlights on such sites as www.hockeyfights.com and his video series Don Cherry's Rock'em, Sock'em Hockey are further examples of this violence-cnetered culture promoted by the NHL.

Nov 25, 5:45 PM

Rick Vaive on class action suit: 'former NHL players are suffering from debilitating head injuries'

Nov 25, 5:45 PM

Rick Vaive has commented on the class action suit filed by 10 former NHL players in a federal court in Washington through lawyer Mel Owens' personal blog

"Many of the former NHL players are suffering from debilitating head injuries from their time in the league," Vaive is quoted as saying. "Hopefully this lawsuit will shine a light on the problem and the players can get the help they deserve."

Owens, an attorney and former NFL player, is a lawyer with Namanny, Byrne, and Owens and is filing the class action suit in conjunction with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White of Baltimore. 

From Owens' blog post announcing the suit:

In 2004 the NHL introduced a series of updates to the rule-set to encourage a faster, more exciting, and ultimately more marketable product. As a result, the number of violent in-game collisions and occurrence of head trauma have increased. When coupled with the NHL’s refusal to protect players by banning full-body checking or penalizing on-ice fist fights, the league has created a dangerous atmosphere for players. The complaint alleges that the NHL either ignores or consistently lags behind other hockey leagues in adopting protections for players in accordance with current medical knowledge of concussions. Instead, the NHL continues to glorify and empower players known as “enforcers”- players with the singular intention of injuring the opposing team.

Ownes also uploaded a copy of the complaint.

Nov 25, 5:30 PM

Report: Gary Leeman, Rick Vaive among former NHLers suing league

Nov 25, 5:30 PM

The names of the 10 players involved in the class action suit alleging that the National Hockey League hasn't done enough to protect players from concussions have been reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun: