Family of late NHL player Montador files suit against league

CHICAGO (AP) The family of the late Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador has sued the NHL, saying the league didn't take the necessary steps to keep him reasonably safe during his career and failed to provide him with crucial medical information on the ramifications of brain trauma.

Montador, who played for six NHL teams, died in February at age 35 of an undisclosed cause at his Canada home. Dr. Charles Tator said in May an autopsy showed widespread chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has been linked to repeated brain trauma.

The lawsuit accuses the NHL of breaching its duty to inform players about the long-term dangers of repeated brain trauma. It seeks unspecified damages for Montador's son, parents and brother and sister.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declined comment.