Researchers who autopsied the brain of former NHL defenceman Steve Montador have discovered he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressively degenerative disease that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head.
The Canadian Sports Concussion Project at Toronto’s Krembil Neuroscience Center released this information in a statement today.
Montador’s brain was donated to the Sports Concussion Project, which, according to the Tribune, has analyzed the brains of 16 athletes, with roughly half showing signs of CTE or other neurodegenerative diseases. Montador had multiple concussions during his NHL career. He played for six different NHL teams, most recently the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season. Montador also suffered from depression, erratic behavior and memory problems prior to his death this past February. The former Blackhawk was found dead at his home in Mississaugua, Ontario. He was 35.
The Tribune also reports that Montador’s family will file a lawsuit against the NHL due to the findings from the autopsy.