Plaintiffs in NHL concussion case now count 105 ex-players
Long after the end of his NHL career, Steve Payne is living an empty-nest life with his wife and three dogs in western Wisconsin.
There is one problem: His brain has aged about a decade ahead of his body.
“I’ve been examined by several experts, and they’ve come to the same conclusion — that I am starting to show the signs and the symptoms of multiple concussions,” said Payne, who played for the Minnesota North Stars from 1978-88. “So it has started to cause some dysfunction for me. I’m 57 years old, and I’m at a level of someone in his late 60s.”
Payne is one of 105 former NHL players who have joined the class-action lawsuit against the league, alleging it had the resources to better prevent head trauma, failed to properly warn players of such risks and promoted violent play that led to their injuries.