NHL enforcer had brain disease

At only 28 Derek Boogaard’s brain was diseased.

Resarchers in Boston speculate it was due to his role as enforcer and the fights and trauma he endured.

That’s four for four in terms of former enforcers whose families donated their brains to researchers, who then discovered brain disease.

Boogaard had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a close relative of Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head and it results in symptoms such as memory loss, impulsiveness, mood swings and addiction.

Boogaard died of a drug overdose.

What does this mean for the NHL?

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