NHL faces 2nd concussion lawsuit, which claims that Gordie Howe died in 2009

Greg Wyshynski
NHL Concussion

The NHL was hit with a second concussion suit on Thursday, a major class action lawsuit just filed in US District Court (Southern New York) involving nine former players: Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer, Jack Carlson, Richard Brennan, Brad Maxwell, Michael Peluso, Allan Rourke and Scott Bailey.

Yes, Jack Carlson, whose brothers Steve and Jeff were two of the Hanson Brothers in the hockey classic "Slap Shot."

This is the second concussion lawsuit the NHL has faced; the first was filed last November.

From the complaint:

As opposed to other elite-level ice hockey organizations, like the European ice hockey leagues and the Olympics, the NHL fostered and promoted an extremely physical game of ice hockey. Through enclosed rink designs and lax rules for fighting, the NHL vectored a culture of extreme violence and packaged the spoils to adoring fans. 

The NHL has failed and continues to fail to warn its players of these risks and consequences of head trauma, concealing material scientific and anecdotal information from its players. The NHL has failed to institute policies and protocols that could have and will protect its players from suffering or exacerbating head trauma sustained during practice or in games. 

Specifically, despite the fact that the NHL’s violent game design induces head trauma, including concussions, the NHL has failed and continues to fail to warn its players of the risks to their lives and the devastating and long-term negative health effects. In fact, the NHL affirmatively concealed specific anecdotal evidence from players and scientific evidence about the health risks and consequences associated with playing in the NHL, including head injuries. To maintain its billions in revenue, the NHL also purposefully failed to institute policies and protocols that would protect its players from exacerbating injuries sustained during practice or in games.

Read the full complaint here:

La Couture Et Al v. NHL

OK, now that you read the lawsuit, let's look at some of the baffling inaccuracies and ridiculousness contained within, shall we?

1. Gordie Howe Did Not Die in 2009. "In 2009, Howe died from the neurogenerative disease known as 'Pick’s disease.'" Actually, that would be Colleen Howe. His wife.

2. It Uses Jason Voorhees As Evidence. "In the classic horror film, Friday the 13th, the evil villain dons an ice hockey goalie’s mask." And then several sequels later, he went into space, which is cold, like ice. Damn you, NHL! ... But seriously, Jason doesn't wear the mask in "Friday The 13th." He wears a bag.

3. It Misspells The NHL's Biggest Star's Name. "Sydney Crosby", yo,

4. This Weird Detail About David Steckel. "During the game, opposing player Dave Steckel (“Steckel”) landed a blindside hit on Crosby. Steckel played in the NHL from 2005 until 2013. In years prior to blindsiding Crosby, Steckel had suffered a broken finger during a game, which required pins." So, uh, was it poison from the metal that made him temporarily insane or something?

5. This Entire Section About The Movie "Gladiator":

In Mystery, Alaska, Russell Crowe was the town sheriff and the team captain. The very next year, the film Gladiator was released also starring Russell Crowe, which won the Best Picture Academy Award. Russell Crowe won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Gladiator as a bloodied Roman war veteran turned slave, General Maximus Decimus Meridius. In Gladiator’s opening scenes, Russell Crowe leads a Roman platoon in a battle against Nordic warriors. The Nordic warriors open their attack by sending Crowe a Roman soldier’s decapitated body on a horse, while holding up the soldier’s head. Ice hockey has some of its roots in Nordic tradition.

I mean, c'mon, was this filed in Kangaroo Kourt? Is Judge Giggles T. Goofball presiding?


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