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Family has “no plans” to donate Gordie Howe’s brain for concussion research

Feb 10, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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The Canadian Press caused quite a stir when they supposedly made too-big a story out of Gordie Howe’s “mild cognitive impairment,” indicating that Mr. Hockey is fighting dementia.

With all that discussion about Howe’s cognitive functions, perhaps it only makes sense that some are asking if his family will donate the legend’s brain to concussion researchers once he dies – much like Bob Probert and other deceased players’ loved ones opted to do. Marty Howe told The Globe & Mail’s David Shoalts that the family hasn’t had that discussion, but his “opinion is it probably wouldn’t happen.”

Marty Howe didn’t really expand on that, but it’s ultimately the family’s choice. Interestingly enough, Howe did say that he believes concussions have contributed to his father’s condition – whatever you want to call it – so perhaps that stance might change with time.

  1. Kristenaux - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I would hope that they’ll think about it and donate. After all their father has no use for his brain once he’s gone & it could possibly help so many others with this problem. IMO, to not do this is incredibly selfish, but then people all have different feelings about after-life.

    • kellyb9 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Am I the ony one who thinks it’s in bad taste to even ask Marty what they plan to do with his father’s brain?

      • fishtacos4me - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Not at all. They can pair up his brain with Ted Williams’ frozen head.

  2. richie500 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Good article in Pittsburgh today.

    http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_780931.html

    PHT please discuss this.

  3. fishtacos4me - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Well at least look at it this way…Howe won;t even be able to recognize that his family hates him. Its a win-win for everyone.

  4. danphipps01 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Can we maybe wait for him to die before we start talking about carving him open? Decorum, people.

  5. kibbee2545 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    What an insult to the family.

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