Glenn Healy, the former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie, says he sees player after player struggling with post-hockey mental health issues after a career of “going into the corners.”
Healy, head of the National Hockey League Alumni Association (NHLAA), says many of these players suffer in subtle ways that are often hard to identify.
“It’s never the player who calls [for help],” he tells me in an interview. “It’s always the wife. Or the kids.”
So when Milwaukee-based NEEKA Health, which boasts some of the world’s top neurology researchers, approached the NHLAA about using ex-NHLers as part of a double-blind clinical study on the potential benefits of cannabinoids in managing the mental health challenges that contact athletes face when their careers are finished, Healy says they jumped at the opportunity. After a year of searching, they linked up with…