NHL's Rough-And-Tumble History Will Color Concussion Suits

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT) -- A Friday lawsuit accusing the National Hockey League of failing to warn deceased player Derek Boogaard about the long-term health risks of head injuries could kick off a torrent of litigation against the NHL, but attorneys say that hockey’s lack of involvement in concussion research and its tolerance for fighting could prove to be game-changers for the league.

Boogaard, who played for the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers during his six-year career, died in May 2011 from an overdose of prescription pain drugs. The suit,...
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