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Gary Bettman Does Not Want “To Start Another News Cycle” On CTE

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who has stated in the past that there is no proven link between repeated concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), declined to respond Monday when asked if he still holds that opinion....

"I'm not going to start another news cycle. There's nothing new on the subject," Bettman said during a news conference before the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, sitting beside Bettman, added, "This is not the commissioner's view. It's the science view. So all we're doing is reiterating what the scientists have concluded, which is there's not enough information to draw that link."

Ann McKee, a neuropathologist who heads the CTE Center at Boston University's School of Medicine and is considered an authority in the field, has diagnosed CTE in several NHL players. "The NHL is really in the dark ages," she recently told the Canadian TSN network. 

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Hootinani's avatar

The NHL is really in the dark ages

You can say that again, sister.  On most things.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/29/18 at 10:48 AM ET


Cissi Franzen has a diferent perspective than the commissioner does.


(This link could probably stand on its own as a post)

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 05/29/18 at 11:00 AM ET

HaHasek's avatar

Gary Bettman, forever clarifying himself.

Posted by HaHasek on 05/29/18 at 12:14 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TSN is in the midst of a series on all the concussion talk.

Start here.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/29/18 at 12:33 PM ET


“If we admit science is real, well, we’ll definitely fall behind football, college football, basketball, college basketball, baseball, soccer, NASCAR, Formula 1, and every piece of NBC programming in the ratings and lose out on all those profits.”

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/29/18 at 03:01 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I wonder why the NHLPA can’t move him or a Kindergarten class can’t move him from the Dark Ages.  Better yet into space on his own planet, the hot bright yellow one would be nice,

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/29/18 at 03:20 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I have been reading the book, “League Of Denial”, which is about how the NFL denied CTE for decades. The book also mentioned the NHL also agrees about the effects of CTE. Sounds like Bettman is trying to cover it up by his statements. Something is up. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 05/29/18 at 05:14 PM ET


Seems like he is playing word games.  Concussions don’t contribute to cte, but hits to the head sure do. How many garden gnomes fit on the head of a pin?

Posted by SlimChance on 05/29/18 at 09:23 PM ET

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