Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/28/11 at 02:16 PM ET
from Rob Cribb & Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star,
When Bill Masterton’s limp body collapsed to the ice on Jan. 15, 1968, the Minnesota North Stars centre appeared to be the victim of an innocuous hit. Thirty hours later, he was dead in hospital.
Today his story is nearly forgotten, but for an annual NHL award that bears his name. It honours perseverance and dedication to hockey.
The irony is that perseverance probably killed Bill Masterton.
What happened in the days leading up to that fatal moment in Minneapolis, when Masterton played his 38th and final NHL game, has been largely a mystery.
But a Star investigation has uncovered evidence that an earlier, untreated concussion was likely responsible for Masterton’s death at the age of 29.
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