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‘Effects of head trauma’: Retired NHLers take part in brain study

Apr 11, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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A group of retired National Hockey Players, including Ryan VandenBussche, took part in a brain study at Toronto’s Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, as per an article in the Globe and Mail.

“Today, we’re learning a lot more about the effects of head trauma in later years, and I’m in the Baycrest study because I want to stay on top of the knowledge that is coming out,” VandenBussche told the Globe and Mail.

“I want to help myself, and if I can provide information that others in the future can use to learn, I really want to do that.”

VandenBussche entered the NHL during the 1996-97 season and was known more as an enforcer, with 702 penalty minutes in 310 games in the league.

Studies into concussions continue to expose the long-term and potentially devastating effects of head trauma.

In September of 2010, after he had passed away, Bob Probert’s brain was donated to Sports Legacy Institute.

The study showed Probert had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease.



  1. thraiderskin - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    My favorite NHL player was Derek Boogaard and I feel like the game he loved was his own downfall. I hope the leagues dealing with brain injury issue get a grip on the problem. I know there can not be one without the other, but it is still a damn shame to lose guys we appreciate in sports.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Eliminate fights and take a look at the equipment. The hard shel shoulder and elbow pads need to be softer.

    • nhloon - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Agreed with hard shell pads, however, fighting ? You sir, are not a true fan. This is what separates the gentleman’s league, from, well, the rest.

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