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Wayne Gretzky On The Concussion Settlement

from the CP at TSN,

Daniel Carcillo wants Wayne Gretzky to step up and help the players who protected the hockey legend during his career. But Carcillo, one of the plaintiffs in a concussion lawsuit against the NHL, will have to settle for a show of support for the research that has been done on the issue.

Speaking before the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night, Gretzky didn't answer whether he felt US$22,000 — the agreed-upon amount in the settlement for each player who opts in — is a good number for the players. However, he did give his thoughts on concussions.

"When I played, we didn't know what concussions were," Gretzky said. "My kids ask me all the time, 'Dad, did you ever have a concussion?' I probably did, but we didn't know. Hopefully we've got enough knowledge now that we protect the players of today, hopefully we take care of the players the best (we) can from the past and we move forward."

The $18.9-million settlement, announced Monday, is with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.

The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league. The NHL, as it has for years, did not acknowledge any liability for the players' claims in the proposed settlement and can terminate the deal if all 318 players or their estates don't elect to participate.

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“When I played, we didn’t know what concussions were,” Gretzky said.

Sure, Wayne. Sure you didn’t.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/13/18 at 01:44 PM ET

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So 318 players each get $22,000. That accounts for about $7M of the $18.9M settlement. But I haven’t seen any info about where the other $11.9M is going. I sure hope the lawyers aren’t getting all of that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/13/18 at 01:48 PM ET

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Carcillo is probably responsible for at least a few of those concussions he is bitchin about.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 11/13/18 at 02:29 PM ET

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Carcillo is probably responsible for at least a few of those concussions he is bitchin about.

He’s not bitching about the concussions, but nice try.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/13/18 at 03:07 PM ET

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Each player also gets up to 75k in medical coverage related to concussions

Posted by SevensForTed on 11/13/18 at 03:08 PM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/13/18 at 01:48 PM ET

Those who accept, however, will receive the following:


• Neuropsychological testing funded by the NHL, including transportation to medical facilities. (Players who wish to receive testing will have two years.)


• Up to $75,000 in medical treatment expenses for each person who tests positive on two or more of 13 cognitive/behavorial assessment exams, conducted by members of the Sports Neuropsychological Society.

• Total cash payments of $6.996 million, broken down to $22,000 per individual.

• Waived attorney fees ($6.95 million total).

In addition, more than $2.5 million will be deposited into the “common good” fund, which will be available to all ex-players—not just those who sued or retained counsel. Paid out incrementally over the next five years, this amount will be diverted toward programs such as senior player pension, emergency assistance, substance abuse, “or similar endeavor(s) to benefit the health and welfare of retired players of the NHL,” the agreement said.

Posted by MZ2215 on 11/13/18 at 03:09 PM ET

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“When I played, we didn’t know what concussions were,” Gretzky said.

Bullshit.  I knew what one was when I was 7, and that was many moons ago.  Shame on you, Wayne.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 11/14/18 at 01:43 AM ET

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Posted by MZ2215 on 11/13/18 at 03:09 PM ET

Okay, MZ, thanks for the info.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/14/18 at 08:27 AM ET

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“When I played, we didn’t know what concussions were,” Gretzky said

yeah, because back then concussions only happened in the nfl…

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 11/14/18 at 08:55 AM ET

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Wayne has always been a good company man.

Posted by dwgs on 11/14/18 at 09:56 AM ET

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