Skip to main content

Another former NHLer sues league over concussion-related issues

Former Bruins defenseman John Rohloff has launched the third class-action, concussion-related lawsuit against the NHL in the past year.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

In less than a year, there have been three concussion-related class-action lawsuits launched against hockey's top league by former NHL players. In the previous twolawsuits launched against the NHL (one in November of 2013, and another in April of this year) the plaintiffs were groups of retired players. But in the newest suit – which was revealed Wednesday – there's only one ex-player involved: former Boston Bruins defenseman Jon Rohloff.

Rohloff's lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Minnesota court, alleges he suffered "multiple head traumas during his NHL career that were improperly diagnosed and treated by the NHL." Rohloff further alleges he was never warned of negative health effects of head trauma, and that the NHL has known about a scientific link "between sub-concussive blows and brain trauma" for 85 years.

There is no word as to an amount of money Rohloff is seeking in the suit. But Rohloff is speaking out with a message that goes against the long-held notion NHLers "know what they're getting into" when they choose to play what can be a vicious game:

"Former NHL players are uniting to send one resounding message: they signed up to play hockey knowing that they might get injured and dinged, but they did not sign up for brain damage.”

Rohloff played 150 games for the Boston Bruins between 1994 and 1997, and fought eight times during that span. His lawsuit is seeking medical monitoring, injunctive relief, and financial compensation related to his chronic injuries, medical costs, financial losses, and intangible losses incurred as a result of the NHL’s misconduct.

TOP HEADLINES

WJC 3 Stars

World Junior Championship 3 Stars: Bergmanis, Hirvonen, and Cooley Shine on Day 6

There's just one day left to go in the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship. But before that, Tony Ferrari looked at three top performers from Sunday's action – and it was a wild day indeed.

Nazem Kadri

NHL Free Agency: Top 10 UFAs Midway Through August

With much of the NHL sitting tight against the salary cap, the free agent market has been rather quiet in recent weeks. Here are the top 10 UFAs still available.

Simon Edvinsson and Luke Hughes
Play

World Junior Roundup: USA Wins Group, Finland Still Perfect, Latvia Nabs Historic Victory

USA has clinched top spot in Group B, Finland will battle for the top spot in Group A against Canada and Latvia managed to record its first preliminary round game ever during the penultimate day of round-robin action at the World Junior Championship.