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A thread about Gary Bettman, the NHL & how the league of denial used Todd Ewen’s case to cast doubt on a link between repeated brain injuries and CTE

Thank you to @rwesthead for covering the concussion hearing in depth

#NHL #FridayReads #CTE

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2/ The widow of Todd Ewen sued the National Hockey League on Tuesday, claiming the #NHL cynically exploited a botched analysis of her husband’s brain, which later tested positive for #CTE

Even in death, former players are not safe

#FridayFeeIing #TBI

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3/ “Unbeknownst to Kelli Ewen, Dr Lili-Naz Hazrati served as an expert witness for the #NHL in multidistrict litigation...”

"Had [Dr. Hazrati] disclosed her conflicts of interest, Kelli would never have sent Todd's brain to her” Ewen said

#Concussion

nytimes.com/2018/11/30/spo…
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With the opt in/out date deadline on Jan 18th 4 the @NHL #concussion lawsuit I wanted to revisit this breakdown from @SheillaDingus on the red flags of the settlement:

1/ A potential life & death situation is noted, in which the #NHL says “live or die...

advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/nhl-concussion…
we don’t care, just don’t ask us for any money.” Players are instructed to file a claim from the Additional Payment Fund—if they live long enough

2/ The NHL control of testing procedure immediately drew a red flag. It is notable that the cost of testing is NOT included....
in the total value of the settlement but is instead an uncapped fund under COMPLETE control of the NHL

It seems odd that no one to my knowledge has reported this

“In the big picture the cost of these exams is de minimus, particularly when the NHL is in control of these exams”
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Colin Campbell, the long-time disciplinarian — now the senior executive vice-president of hockey operations with the @NHL — is shown in correspondence to term anti-violence advocates alternately as “greenpeace pukes” & “tree huggers”

#SundayMorning #SundayFunday #SundayThoughts
2/ In a 2009 email to @TSN_Sports & Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) Campbell seeks counsel in an apparent desire to help remove fighting from the game: “I hated fighting . . . had to do it though . . . particularly in the 70’s, but it is stupid.”
3/ And then, four years later, in an email to fellow TSN correspondent Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) Colin Campbell writes he is, in fact, “for fighting.”
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#BullyingAwarenessWeek

The year is 2002-2003 I am 17 turning 18 yrs old & it’s my @NHL draft year

I moved away from home, family & friends, to play hockey in the @OHLHockey for the @StingHockey
I endured daily bullying/abuse at the hands of veteran players

Below is my story...
2/ Moving away from everyone you’ve ever known is hard

Living with strangers is, well, strange

Going to a new high school isn’t easy

Daily practices, workouts, long travel times for games are grueling

Playing against 21 yr olds when you are 17 is intimidating

Having your...
3/ teammates beat you on a daily basis with the sawed off paddle of a goaltender’s hockey stick, takes both a physical & mental toll on a teenager

I remember being so confused at the beginning of the yr

I remember thinking to myself, “If this is part of the process, just shut
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We all get older. It’s an unavoidable fact. Sports fans are no exception. We grow up and we grow old. Unfortunately, so do our heroes. The life of a sports fan, measured by their heroes, has a few major milestones that mark our cycle. #mlb #nba #nfl #nhl #wnba #usmnt #uswnt 1/17
#1 - Establishing a Hero
Think back: Once you were the starry-eyed child. You watched on the television or, hopefully, someone took you to a game. There you were amazed by what that one guy or girl did. How can he run so fast? Did you see that pass? 2/17
Someone did something that made you take notice. You were amazed, in awe. Maybe it was Sandy Koufax's control, Mike Schmidt's power, Walter Payton's finesse, or Sue Bird's control of the court. Something made you become a sports fan and you wouldn't want that to change. 3/17
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1/Bettman was consistent in answering the many questions in his deposition: Because there is no medical or scientific certainty, he said, there is no reason to warn @NHL players about the risks of #CTE Nor is there reason, even after the premature deaths...washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-n…
2/in recent years of several #NHL “enforcers” such as Bob Probert , Wade Belak, Rick Rypien, Derek Boogaard & Steve Montador to look for a link between fighting in hockey & brain injuries. “I think the sample has been too small,” Bettman said... #tbi washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-n…
3/when asked about the players who died “I would respectfully suggest that, as tragic and as unfortunate as it is, there isn’t even enough circumstantial evidence to draw any conclusions.” Asked whether he had ever spoken to family members of these players washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-n…
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Study on soccer. It shows that females who close their eyes during a header & are not seeing a hit coming may be at greater risk for #concussion So if you don’t see the hit, are not prepared for it, you may be at greater risk for being injured #TBI #nhl
sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
I am implementing Vision Training into @TPDHockey I train 1300 kids every week. They will all be getting a baseline test & vision training twice a week to better expand their peripheral vision to better prepare them for hits they wouldn’t see coming prior to this type of training
The anecdotes I will be posting the next couple hours/days are from @clarkjf
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1/ If u have played the game the way I have, this clip is not that difficult to break down. Notice Wilson’s right skate before or at the initial point of contact. It is leaving the ice intentionally, which means he thrusts his body into an upward direction, which is towards the
2/ head of Reese. If we look at the left skate during the point of contact, Wilson is rising up onto his toe, as if he is trying to jump, hence the reason he ended up sitting on the dasher of his own bench after the hit. It is clear that Reese sees Wilson coming but that has very
3/ little to do with the fact that Wilson clearly makes contact with the head/jaw of Reese, in direct result of jumping and thrusting his body in an upward motion. Bc of this, we have a human being who may get the right diagnosis of a #concussion yet will he receive the treatment
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BREAKING: @SonicsArena group announces alternative privately-funded plan for #KeyArena, creating two concert venues & theatre; keeps roof
(2) @SonicsArena #KeyArena proposal creates a 6,200-seat indoor concert venue & a 3K seat covered amphitheatre flowing out to Int’l Fountain
(3) The projected cost of @SonicsArena #KeyArena proposal is estimated $90-100 million, fully privately financed by Hansen’s group.
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