Former Wild Player Becomes Youngest to Join NHL Concussion Lawsuit

May 15, 2017 07:13 PM

At 29, former Minnesota Wild player Guillaume Latendresse is now the youngest player to join a federal concussion lawsuit against the National Hockey League.

Latendresse, along with 11 former hockey players, were added to the lawsuit that accuses the league of failing to warn players about the health risks associated with brain injuries.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the players’ case has no merit.

Latendresse said he suffered multiple serious head traumas during his NHL career that were “improperly diagnosed and treated,” according to documents filed Friday in St. Paul.

Documents show Latendresse suffers on a daily basis from headaches, irritability, mood changes, anxiety, and stress -- and that he is also concerned about future cognitive-impairments like CTE.

In the filing, an attorney for Latendresse alleges “The NHL never properly warned him regarding long-term neurological risks of suffering repeated blows to the head while on the ice.”

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The Minnesota Wild had no comment about the case; the club is not named directly in the suit.

Latendresse played for Minnesota, along with Montreal and Ottawa, before retiring at 26 in 2013.

There are more than 150 former players who have joined the suit, including 17 with Minnesota connections.

Later this summer, attorneys for the players will ask a U.S. district court judge in St. Paul to certify the suit as class-action, a decision which would potentially cover all former NHL players as the litigation moves forward.

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