Touching piece here by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. He talks with Steve Montador's brother Chris. While reminding us that until an autopsy is complete that there is no reason to believe Steve Montador's death was a direct result of his concussion history, Ken Campbell, through Chris' viewpoint, paints a scary picture of how concussions changed Steve Montador over the years:
The first time Chris Montador noticed a change in his brother was the Christmas of 2011 when he came home for a short visit while playing with the Chicago Blackhawks. That would be Steve Montador’s last NHL season and after shorts stints in the minors and the KHL, his career ended last season, in large part because of concussion problems.
Chris Montador always knew his brother as an upbeat person with a positive outlook on life and someone who always looked for solutions. What he saw that Christmas was a completely different personality. “He wasn’t my brother,” Chris Montador told thn.com in an interview Thursday. “He was like a different person inside his body and it breaks my heart. It breaks my heart today. He wanted to be the same guy, but he just couldn’t.”
Here's the full story.