Opinion: Head injuries as an NHL enforcer have left me suffering long-term consequences
Hockey players are fierce competitors. Warriors. But off the ice, we share a special bond that only those who played in the NHL can understand. This bond is even deeper among those who played the role of enforcers — their livelihoods dependent on fighting and protecting their teammates.
Last week, another one of our brothers passed away many years too early. Todd Ewen, a retired NHL enforcer like me, committed suicide, a victim of severe depression that haunted him for years. In the last five years, at least five other NHL alumni have died under similar circumstances.