Senior NHL lawyer advised league to ‘leave dementia issues up to the NFL’

October 14, 2015

A senior National Hockey League lawyer wrote in an email to commissioner Gary Bettman that the league should not put an emphasis on exploring the alleged link between concussions and long-term brain injuries among retired NHL players, and should instead “leave the dementia issues up to the NFL!”

In an email to Bettman and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Nov. 30, 2009, NHL deputy general counsel Julie Grand outlined four suggestions on “next possible steps” for the league’s NHL-NHLPA Concussion Working Group (CWG).

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