New York Islanders Daily: Bryan Berard Sues NHL Over Brain Injuries

By Matt O'Leary
2 Apr 1997: Defenseman Bryan Berard of the New York Islanders moves down the ice during a game against the Dallas Stars at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars won the game, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
2 Apr 1997: Defenseman Bryan Berard of the New York Islanders moves down the ice during a game against the Dallas Stars at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars won the game, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /
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Former New York Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard is suing the NHL over brain injuries he sustained in his 12-year NHL career.

Bryan Berard was a number one overall pick by Ottawa back in 1995. Even though he never played for the team that drafted him, he still had a successful career that was 12-years in length which he spent a majority of it here with the New York Islanders.

Berard was a very good Islander before Mike Milbury decided to trade him away. In his first year in the league, he won the Calder with 48 points (8 goals, 40 assists) those are great numbers for a rookie defenseman.

48 points ended up being his career high but in 242 games with the Isles he put up 131 points which is .54 points per game, a very solid number for a d-man.

Berard is back in the news, as TMZ reports he’s attempting to sue the NHL for brain injuries he sustained while playing in the league. He’s trying to prove that the NHL concealed the risks of traumatic brain injuries, similar to the case made against the NFL.

In his suit, it claims he suffered five concussions and become blind in one eye during his career thanks to a stick to the eyeball in 2000. Berard is also filing in memory of Jeff Parker who was posthumously diagnosed with having Stage 3 CTE.

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