This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to the National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner, urging the league to establish an independent fund to sponsor research on the linkage of hockey, head trauma, and brain disease.  This marks the second such letter sent to the Commissioner since June.

“An investment in such research literally would help save lives — and enable the league to lead by example,” said Blumenthal.

Lawmakers have been honing their focus on the connection between concussions and athletics; Blumenthal, who is also a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, has introduced legislation seeking to reduce the risk of concussions in youth sports.

Earlier this year, an NFL official acknowledged the connection between head injuries sustained in football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at a congressional roundtable.

Blumenthal said the NHL should take note from the NFL “at a minimum for some guidance on a possible link, rather than callously dismissing such a causal connection, despite mounting evidence.”

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