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New Jer­sey Devils de­fence­man Ben Love­joy says he will do­nate his brain to re­search af­ter he dies so it can be stud­ied for signs of trau­matic in­jury. The Con­cus­sion Legacy Foun­da­tion said Love­joy is the first ac­tive NHL player to make such a pledge.

More than 2,500 re­tired ath­letes and mil­i­tary veter­ans have pledged their brains to the foun­da­tion. Doc­tors ex­am­ine the brains for signs of chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy, a de­gen­er­a­tive con­di­tion that can cause de­pres­sion, vi­o­lent mood swings, for­get­ful­ness and other cog­ni­tive prob­lems.

Love­joy said he’s played hockey for most of his life, in­clud­ing 10 sea­sons in the NHL, and wants to give back to the sport by mak­ing it safer. He said he’s had rel­a­tively lit­tle brain trauma in his ca­reer, but has seen the ef­fects con­cus­sions have had on team­mates.

Ben Love­joy

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