The federal judge presiding over NHL’s concussion litigation would like to see the lawsuit go to trial this year, according to a hearing transcript obtained by TSN.
The class action suit involves more than 150 players, alleging that the league prioritized its profit over their health and willfully ignored significant scientific research in order to do so. The NHL, in response, alleges that the players have always been responsible for their own health. (The league’s first response to the litigation tried to absolve NHL officials of responsibility by noting that players should have “put two and two together” and realized on their own that a hockey career could cause brain damage.)
The lawyers representing the players would ideally like to begin with a bellweather case centering on just one player, which could then lead to a second case focusing on the issue more broadly, according to TSN. That one player could be Mike Peluso, whose post-retirement struggle with grand mal seizures has been well-documented and the subject of separate personal litigation: