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Hockey Chart: NHL player salaries lost due to career-ending concussions

Below is the list of 35 former NHL players used in an academic journal paper by Canadian neurosurgeon Charles Tator, Dr. Richard Wennberg and researcher Carmen Hiploylee that will be presented at the Canadian Sports Concussion Project’s third annual symposium in Toronto on Saturday.

“The Financial Toll of Career-Ending Concussions in Professional Hockey,” is an attempt to apply dollar amounts to the players who could be said to have suffered career-ending concussions while playing in the NHL during the period 1995-2014. They gathered their data from news reports and online sources, and had access to hockey experts who helped with such matters as insurance coverage.

After the list had been narrowed to 35 players – multiple players were dropped from the list because they had suffered their final concussion in another league or else data could not be confirmed – the researchers were able to produce an overall cost: $117,191,045.

For each player, the year of their final concussion in the NHL and their age at the time is shown. "Number of concussions" refers to the total number of recorded concussions they sustained throughout their NHL career

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SOURCE: The Financial Toll of Career-Ending Concussions in Professional Hockey - Charles Tator, Dr. Richard Wennberg, Carmen Hiploylee.
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