Former players are suing the NHL over concussions, but remain loyal to hockey
Karen Zeidel’s father had vanished in a fog of unceasing headaches and tremors of rage. The tender, chivalrous gentleman her mother, Marie, met when she was 17 had deteriorated into a husk. For decades after his tough-guy hockey career, Larry Zeidel fell into a spiral of bizarre behavior and erratic actions, and it shattered the family.
Marie heard Boston University researchers wanted to study brains of deceased hockey players, especially enforcers and fighters such as Larry. Two years after his death at 86, she and her daughter found at least a measure of relief, at last, in the dispassionate words of a neuropathology report.