Can Hockey be Saved? The latest on the Concussion Lawsuit
The 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks offered both thrilling, breakneck speed and disciplined shut-down defense, entertaining fans from every spectrum of hockey fandom. But the team's triumphant journey to the Cup was darkened by the death, in February, of 35-year-old Steve Montador, who played his last NHL game in a Blackhawks uniform.
Montador ingratiated himself to his teammates with a rough style of play at the expense of his future. Call them what you want—enforcers, muckers, grinders, fourth-liners—players like Montador keep their roster spots by sacrificing their bodies rather than scoring goals. They, more than anyone else on the ice, trade their health for a paycheck.