Friday February 20th, 2015

Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador, who was found dead at his home on Sunday, planned to sue the league over its handling of concussions, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Attorney William Gibbs told the paper that he expects a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of Montador and Montador's family.

A group of 29 players have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the NHL failed to protect them from the perils of head injuries suffered during their hockey careers.

From the report:

Gibbs said he was representing Montador in the class action suit, originally filed in 2013 by 10 former players, and "to initiate his own litigation." The attorney said he had begun to prepare the individual lawsuit.

Montador is not among the named plaintiffs to date in the class action litigation.

Authorities reportedly determined that Montador died of natural cases. 

Montador had stints with six teams over 10 seasons in the NHL. 

He last played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12, but he played in only one additional game after suffering a concussion in February 2012. 

Montador later had short stints in the AHL and the KHL.

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