Steve Mondador’s family claims the National Hockey League intended to conceal critical information from its players in order to profit from promoting its culture of violence. That's why the Montadors have filed a lawsuit against the league in federal court.
The family's lawyer tells 7 Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner the suit was entered in Chicago on Tuesday. It alleges the league failed to warn its players that repetitive head trauma in the NHL can cause long term cognitive and mental health impairments.
Montador suffered from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he was found dead at his Ontario home last February. He was 35. He played parts of 10 seasons in the NHL, suiting up for Buffalo from 2009-2011.
The lawsuit claims Montador suffered thousands of hits to his head during his NHL career and suffered 15 documented concussions.
The NHL has said in the past it is not responsible for Montador's death.
When asked for a statement on this lawsuit Tuesday, a league spokesperson told Stepner the NHL has no comment.
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