Repeated blows to the head can cause addiction problems, and depression...
So your biggest factor is caused by blows to the head, which does need to be studied more, but they're finding out a lot quicker than they expected, especially with all the brains they're being donated that have cte.
So its all the same homes.
The opioid painkillers themselves can cause depression and a complete change of character. I know I felt like crap on them after my surgeries, I would rather feel the pain. These guys are prone to broken bones because that's what they get paid for, I guess the million dollar question would be is it head trauma that's responsible for the downfall of the enforcer types or the lack of need for those types of players in the evolving NHL that lead to the spiraling out. When you go from making six figures to working normal everyday jobs that has to play a part in depression as well.
It's a sad situation nonetheless and I hope the studies pan out.
Who really thought we'd make it this far and cause Tampa Bay's coach to throw a media hissy fit? Most didn't expect us to make the playoffs... It was one hell of a year and I'm looking forward to next year.
I could complain and nit pick but I'm not even going to sweat it. It's going to be a long Summer but I'm looking forward to July. We're going further next year.
I remember when Ozzy was never good enough, Hasek was a has-been, Yzerman was washed up with a bad knee, Fedorov was a money grubbing prima donna, Chelios was too old, same for Fetisov, Larionov was too frail and fragile, Shanahan was getting too soft, these new kids Zetterberg and Datsyuk weren't ever going to fill the shoes of the heroes before them.