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TSN’s Rick Westhead reported Thursday that former Detroit Red Wings player Greg Johnson was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (also know as CTE), a degenerative brain disease connected to repeated head trauma.

Johnson’s family and the Concussion Legacy Foundation jointly announced the diagnosis five years after Johnson committed suicide in Rochester, Mich.

Johnson played 14 seasons in the NHL, starting with the Red Wings in 1993-94. He also played with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators.

According to the statement, Johnson’s daughter, Carson said: “I had no idea what CTE even stood for when my dad took his life. Now understanding that the hits he endured throughout his hockey career damaged his brain, I want all athletes to understand the risks and I want the NHL to start acknowledging it exists and do more to protect its players so other daughters don’t have to lose their fathers.”

Westhead writes that the brains of 17 of 18 NHL players studied in the U.S. and Canada have now been diagnosed with CTE, including Ralph Backstrom, Henri Richard, Stan Mikita, Bob Probert, Steve Montador, and Bob Murdoch. CTE has also been diagnosed in amateur players.

 

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