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Former Predator Greg Johnson diagnosed with CTE


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Will Bloggs
July 10, 2024  (1:10 PM)
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Five years after his death, former NHL player Greg Johnson has been posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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Five years after his death, former NHL player Greg Johnson has been posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Johnson, who died by suicide in 2019, played for four teams over 14 seasons, totaling 785 regular-season games. His daughter, Carson, emphasized the need for awareness and action from the NHL regarding CTE.
"I had no idea what CTE even stood for when my dad took his life," Carson stated.
"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."

Despite growing evidence, the NHL has long denied a link between hockey-related head injuries and CTE. Studies have found CTE in 17 out of 18 players examined in North America, including NHL stars like Ralph Backstrom, Henri Richard, Stan Mikita, and Bob Probert. Johnson's wife recalled his relief at retiring due to a heart condition, as he could no longer endure the impacts of the game.
Johnson's career included stints with the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Nashville Predators. He also earned a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics and a gold medal at the 1991 World Juniors.
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Former NHLer Greg Johnson posthumously diagnosed with CTE
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