The medical science behind the concussion claims of thousands of professional and amateur athletes—including those who participated in football, hockey, boxing, soccer, lacrosse and cheerleading—could be tested in court later this year.
Retired National Hockey League players are expected to get a trial date in late 2017. Unlike players who sued the National Football League and the NCAA, this litigation may not be settling.
The players allege that a latent degenerative disease found in the brains of some deceased athletes can be directly tied to head impacts in pro hockey.
They contend the NHL has long known about an established...