Congress member says Bettman "like tobacco industry" when it comes to CTE

November 3, 2016
The Hockey News

One member of a powerful U.S. congress committee that asked Gary Bettman for more information about what the NHL is doing about concussions was not impressed by the commissioner’s 15-page response and said Bettman sounds, “a little bit like the tobacco industry,” when it comes to linking concussions with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Jan Schakowsky and four other Democratic congress members on the Republican-controlled Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to Bettman Oct. 6 asking him seven questions concerning everything from the league’s concussion protocol to the place of fighting in the game and what the league is doing for concussion prevention. Bettman responded to the letter Oct. 24. We at have obtained copies of both letters and are making them available below.

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