Former Sabre Mike Robitaille and 103 other former hockey players sue NHL
Simply put, Mike Robitaille was cannon fodder.
He learned his harsh reality in 1977 while lying partially paralyzed, his legs lifeless but every hair on his arms and chest standing at attention. As the 28-year-old suffered through a fractured neck, spinal cord injury and the lingering effects of a concussion, an NHL team doctor told Robitaille’s wife everything was fine.
“He says, ‘Oh, he’s just a little shaken,’” Isabel Robitaille recalls of the postgame conversation with Dr. Michael Piper. “‘He’s collecting himself right now. He’ll get dressed, and when he comes out, just take him home and give him a shot of Courvoisier.’”