Extended Interview: Mike Peluso, Former NHL Player and 'Enforcer'

May 04, 2017 08:01 AM

KSTP's Investigative Team sat down with Mike Peluso, a former NHL player and "enforcer," as part of the "Fighting Back" series.

FOLLOW the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation here.

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Mike Peluso played nearly 10 seasons in the National Hockey League and made up part of the New Jersey Devils' infamous "Crash Line" of enforcers in the early 1990s.

In February 1994, he suffered his first grand mal seizure, later linked to a concussion Peluso had suffered during a fight with Tony Twist in December 1993.

A neurologist wrote in a medical report that Peluso could continue to play hockey without excessive risk for the development of further seizures "unless he were to sustain further head injuries."

In a federal lawsuit, Peluso argues the report was "intentionally concealed" by the team in order that he continue as a team enforcer.

Peluso went on to fight 79 more times for the Devils after that report was written.

WATCH an extended interview with Peluso via the video player above.

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