NHL lawsuit claims Gordie Howe died in 2009

Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe. (REUTERS)

Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

A group of nine former players may need a fact checker.

The group served the NHL with a class-action lawsuit Thursday accusing the league of exploiting its players and not doing enough to minimize head trauma that results in long-term health problems.

However, under a list of high-profile incidents to players who suffered head trauma and concussions over the years, the suit claims NHL legend Gordie Howe passed away five years ago.

"In 2009, Howe died from the neurogenerative disease known as 'Pick's disease.'"

In fact, it was Howe's wife Colleen that passed away from the rare condition that causes loss of speech and dementia.

Howe, 86, currently resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Also, the suit misspells Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby's first name.

The suit, dated April 8 and filed in New York, lists Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer, Jack Carlson, Richard Brennan, Brad Maxwell, Michael Peluso, Tom Younghans, Allan Rourke, and Scott Bailey as plaintiffs.

"Plaintiffs seek damages, including punitive damages, and equitable relief on behalf of a class of all former and current NHL players as a result of the NHL's unlawful exploitation of its players," the lawsuit states.

"Through the sophisticated use of extreme violence as a commodity, from which the NHL has generated billions of dollars, the NHL has subjected and continues to subject its players to the imminent risk of head trauma and, as a result, devastating and long-term negative health consequences."

The suit alleges the league has failed to warn players about the risks and consequences of head trauma, and states the league withheld scientific and anecdotal information from its players.

"The NHL has failed to institute policies and protocols that could have and will protect its players from suffering or exacerbating head trauma sustained during practice or in games."

It's the second suit filed by former players in less than a year.

In November 2013, another group of nine players launched a suit accusing the league of failing to adequately respond to serious health risks posed by concussions and other head injuries during games.

That lawsuit, which saw five more players add their names in February, was filed in the District of Columbia.

 


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