Opinion: Head injuries as an NHL enforcer have left me suffering long-term consequences

September 30, 2015
Montreal Gazette

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.

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