Steve Montador planned to sue the NHL regarding his concussions prior to his death in February. His family is reportedly going ahead with the lawsuit.
Chicago lawyer Bill Gibbs told TSN the lawsuit will be filed during the next month after doctors discovered Montador suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE. The degenerative brain condition can be found postmortem in athletes who suffered from concussions.
“The first thing that strikes me with him is that someone at 35 years old could be gone and No. 2, that he had such widespread disease in his brain from repetitive hits,” Gibbs, a lawyer with the law firm Corboy and Demetrio, told TSN. “It’s scary, really disturbing. At an age when the world is supposed to be ahead of you, instead his world was ending with a deteriorating and decaying brain.”
Montador, who played 571 games in the NHL, was a defenseman for the Sabres from 2009 to 2011.