Report: Steve Montador was planning to sue NHL over concussions

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Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador, who was found dead last Sunday at the age of 35, was planning to sue the league over concussions, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

From the Chicago Tribune:

In the month before he died, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador was preparing to sue the NHL over its failure to deal with the issue of concussions and to warn its players of the risk of long-term brain damage from concussions.

William Gibbs of the Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio, the attorney whom Montador had retained, expects a lawsuit still will be filed on behalf of Montador and his family.

“I will need to talk to the family about that but I’d be surprised if we didn’t continue,” Gibbs said Friday.

Montador, who played in 571 regular season games in the NHL, dealt with concussions throughout his career.

On Saturday, friends, family and former teammates gathered to pay tribute to Montador at a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre, according to The Canadian Press.