Arizona Coyotes center Joe Vitale (14) and Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller

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Vitale: NHL Concussion Settlement Took Backseat to Hockey HOF Announcements

"All the players involved are looking at about $22,000, which it peanuts for what these guys have gone through."

November 13, 2018 - 7:43 am
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The NHL and attorneys for more than 300 retired players have reached a settlement worth roughly $19 million, over concussions and other head injuries. Blues broadcaster and former hockey player Joey Vitale – whose own career was cut short by head injuries – called it a win for the NHL owners and a loss for the players. 

"The way I read it was all the players involved are looking at about $22,000, which it peanuts for what these guys have gone through, what they're going to continue to go through," Vitale says.

He was a guest on KMOX's Chilis Week in Hockey with Alex Ferrario and Amy Marxkors, you can hear their full conversation below, beginning at the 29:00 mark:

He also questions why the settlement was seemingly downplayed by league officials, as it was announced on the same day as the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018 induction ceremonies were held in Toronto. 

"To me it's something they just want to sweep under the rug," Vitale says. 

Former Blues goalie Martin Brodeur, the first black NHL players Willie O'Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees. 

He was never asked to be apart of the lawsuit against the league, saying it would've been a hard decision for him to make because the NHL brought him a lot of wonderful things and a great life.