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Death of a legend of the Canadiens and the NHL: details are shocking

Published May 14, 2024 at 4:33 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
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It's never pleasant to learn of someone's passing, and legends of the Canadiens and the NHL are no exception.

Henri Richard left us in March 2020, and it was a very sad moment. The man who won the most Stanley Cups in NHL history passed away. A record that will never be matched, with 11 championships.

There's increasing talk about head injuries and their long-term detrimental effects on the brain. Several players have died as a result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and Henri Richard is one of them.

While the diagnosis initially mentioned Alzheimer's disease, the family confirmed that he did indeed suffer from CTE. Unfortunately, this type of diagnosis is only made posthumously.


"After a long battle with Alzheimer's, it was discovered that Canadiens legend Henri Richard had stage 3 CTE at time of his death according to his family."

- Allan Walsh


This suggests that the numerous blows he received to the head may have been the cause of his illness, and thus his death. Hockey brought him a lot, but it also made him very sick.

I can't help but think of the players who suffer severe concussions during their careers. It's catastrophic, and things need to change.

Hopefully, this diagnosis will help better understand the disease and target the right actions to eradicate head injuries in the NHL.

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