Former Leafs star Gary Leeman leads retired NHL players’ fight in concussion lawsuit
The puck – after a slap shot from then-Calgary Flames defenceman Al MacInnis deflected on its way to the net – had hit the budding Toronto Maple Leafs star in the back of the head, crushing the part of his skull that stuck out under his helmet.
Teammates later told Leeman that he was moaning as he lay on the ice.
All he could hear was a ringing that wouldn’t leave for three weeks.
“The ringing was caused by blood,” Leeman explains. “The blood needed somewhere to drain, so it went into the bone, and it caused pressure on the eardrum. I had that drained a couple times.”