Report: Concussion lawsuit grows to 200 players

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From Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston:

The number of former NHL players involved a class-action concussion lawsuit against the league is growing at a rapid rate. Within 48 hours of the suit being filed in a Washington federal court, the original group of 10 plaintiffs had inflated to more than 200, according to one of the lawyers working on the case.

One of the players beyond the original group is former Islander Bob Bourne. Even more players are expected to sign up shortly.

A similar class-action suit brought against the NFL grew to thousands of former football players before it was settled in August.

That’s not to say the NHL will eventually settle this one out of court. The league said Monday it intends to defend the case “vigorously” and, yesterday, commissioner Gary Bettman called it “a lawsuit without merit.”