Rick Vaive hasn’t received this much media attention since he was the 50-goal scoring captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in the mid-eighties, when Prince and Michael Jackson were on top of the pop music world, and history had yet to reveal that Paul McCartney and the Beatles would endure time’s test more significantly. But that’s a different story for a different day.
On November 26, 2013, otherwise known as three days ago, the hockey world was rocked by the news that ten former NHL players had filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Hockey League regarding concussion negligence.
One of the ten names listed on the originally publicized claim was that of former impact player Rick Vaive. The scorer of 441 goals in hockey’s finest league stood alone as the only player of considerable fame whose name dawned the pages of a lawsuit that may serve as a defining moment in hockey history. Two days later, Vaive requested to see his name removed from the lawsuit.
Concussions are brutally damaging. They can cause several life-changing problems, including, memory loss, dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, confusion, sensitivity to light and noise, depression, vomiting, disorientation, and a bunch of other health problems. Concussion symptoms courtesy of the Mayo Clinic dot com.
Why did Vaive decide to separate his name from the lawsuit? According to his lawyer, Trevor Whiffen, this is why:
“He [Rick Vaive] was surprised by the content of the lawsuit, he thought it was related to a workers’ compensation claim in California. In those cases, claims are usually paid by a fund. He has no interest in taking legal action against the NHL.”
Vaive may be gone from the mix, however, there will soon be another 200 former NHL players linking themselves to this potentially groundbreaking, game altering lawsuit.
According to NHL opposing lawyer Mel Owens:
“There are 10 players, but there’s hundreds of guys that, they’re in the lawsuit. They just haven’t been named yet.”
The important story here is the safety and post-NHL life of professional hockey players. They entertain us, and we don’t want to see them suffer after their careers end.