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Report: Ex-NHL players sue league on concussions

Canadiens' Lars Eller suffered a concussion following a hit in the playoffs last season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes) Canadiens' Lars Eller suffered a concussion following a hit last season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

Ten former National Hockey League players sued the league Monday claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions and that the league purposely concealed the risks of brain injuries faced by players, exposing them to unnecessary dangers, reports Frederic J. Frommer of the Associated Press.

The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined at trial. The players also seek court-approved medical monitoring for their brain trauma and/or injuries.

In September, the National Football League agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from almost 4,500 former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems.

"We have, on our own, a long history, going back to 1997, of taking concussions very seriously," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in September. "We spend a lot of time, money and effort working with the players' association on player safety."
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