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Kavitha A. Davidson

Another Hockey Death, More NHL Denial

Steve Montador retired because of a concussion. Now he is dead. Does the NHL care?
Tough game.

Tough game.

Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The death of a well-liked hockey journeyman has put another face on the National Hockey League's growing concussion problem. It's also highlighted some of the pitfalls of covering an issue in which the sports media will play a key role in any progress.

Former defenseman Steve Montador was found dead in his home on Sunday at the age of 35. A concussion had forced him to retire in 2013, and he had been very vocal about his brain injuries and the depression he suffered in his post-playing days. Police have ruled out foul play and suicide, believing the cause of death to be natural, and are conducting an autopsy. According to Canadian law, autopsy results remain private unless they serve a public interest.