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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Concerned about CTE, Ranger great Mike Richter says he'll 'probably' donate brain to science

NY DAILY NEWS | Christian Red

Former Rangers goalie Mike Richter at Quaker Ridge Golf Club during Mariano Rivera's charity golf event.

  (CHRISTIAN RED/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
It has been almost 13 years since former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter bid a tearful good-bye to his NHL playing days, after two concussions he suffered within an eight-month period forced him into retirement.

Although Richter, 49, says now that his health is “good” and that he leads an active life, including playing non-contact hockey in a men’s recreational league, the concussion issue that has dominated the sports headlines in recent years has forced Richter to strongly consider donating his own brain to science, just as several deceased NFL players – Junior Seau and Dave Duerson among them – did before taking their own lives.

“Probably,” says Richter, when asked if he’ll donate his brain after his death. “It’s not a particularly happy thought, but in a sense, it is (rewarding) because you’re helping other people. I’m on an organ donors’ (list) for the rest of my body. My mother had inclusive myositis, an MS-type disease, and donated her body to science last year. Not an easy thing. But it’s also a great thing because you’re giving other people the opportunity to learn.” Continue reading
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