Retired players Bernie Nicholls, Bob Bourne, Scott Parker and Bruce Bell have added their names to a concussion lawsuit that was launched in November against the NHL.
The new plaintiffs join nine retired players who publicly filed the original suit in U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, lawyers for the players announced Friday.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Gary Leeman is the lead publicly named plaintiff in the suit, which claims the league failed to adequately respond to serious health risks posed by concussions and other head injuries during games.
"These additional four publicly named plaintiffs have shown the courage to stand up for their former teammates who continue to join the lawsuit but choose to remain anonymous for fear of possible retaliation by the NHL," Mel Owens, a former NFL player and a lawyer representing the players, said in a statement.
Nicholls, 52, played 18 seasons and 1,127 games in the NHL, helping the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup final in 1989. The native of Haliburton, Ont., amassed 475 goals and 1,209 points with the Kings, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks.
Bourne, 59, won four Stanley Cup championships with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s. The native of Netherhill, Sask., played 14 seasons in the NHL and scored 258 goals and 582 points in 964 games with the Isles and Kings.
Parker, 36, was an enforcer with the Colorado Avalanche and Sharks between 1998 and 2008, accumulating 699 minutes in penalties in 308 games. Nicknamed "The Sheriff", Parker won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Avs.
Bell, 49, was an offensive defenceman with the St. Louis Blues in the mid-1980s when his career was derailed following a devastating bodycheck from former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark.