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Late Steve Montador, a former Blackhawks player, had CTE brain damage

Late Steve Montador, a former Blackhawks player, had CTE brain damage

Steve Montador knew something was wrong inside his brain. And he thought he might know the reason. Were the symptoms he couldn't shake — depression, sleeplessness, memory loss — related to the concussions he had suffered playing in the National Hockey League? He knew he couldn't find out in his lifetime. Only an autopsy of his brain could reveal whether he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative brain disorder linked to repeated concussions. But he ensured that others would find out after his death. He arranged for his brain to be studied in an autopsy. Three months ago, the onetime Blackhawks defenseman was found dead in his Ontario, Canada,...

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