Former NHLer Bob Probert died at age 45 last July of heart failure, but Probert and his family knew there was more to his health problems than that.
Probert decided to donate his brain to science before he died, and Boston University scientists now show that Probert suffered from a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The disease has been found in several NFL players and another former NHL enforcer, Reggie Fleming.
During his career with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, Probert was one of the league’s most feared enforcers. He still sits fifth on the all time penalty minutes list.
All those fights Probert got into evidently caused serious damage to his brain. Probert’s family hopes that scientists will learn something about the effects concussions had on Probert’s health, and that may lead to ideas for concussion prevention in the future.
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