Calgary Flames left winger Jonathan Huberdeau says he’ll donate his mind to science after he passes away. Huberdeau is following within the path of former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who grew to become the primary lively NHL participant to make that dedication in 2017 when he pledged to offer his mind to science to be studied for traumatic mind accidents.
Huberdeau will probably be donating his mind to Project Enlist, the Canadian Partner of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
“As an NHL player, I’m very aware of the impact of traumatic brain injuries, concussions and the link to other mental health issues,” Huberdeau mentioned Monday in a Project Enlist release. “I’m proud to support Canadian military veterans by pledging to donate my brain to Project Enlist and support research to improve the quality of life of all military personnel who so bravely and courageously served our country.”
Since 2008 The Concussion Legacy Foundation has seen greater than 2,800 former athletes and army veterans pledge to the inspiration. That consists of Eric Lindros and Hayley Wickenheiser. Former Harvard University captain Kalley Armstrong, who’s the granddaughter of Maple Leafs legend George Armstrong, and retired major-general Denis Thompson have additionally pledged to have their brains studied for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative situation that may trigger violent temper swings, melancholy, reminiscence loss and different cognitive issues. The basis focuses on analysis and training for future athletes.
Huberdeau, 29, set an NHL report for assists in a season by a left winger with 85 in 2021-22 and set a Florida Panthers franchise report for factors in a season with 115. He was traded together with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to the Flames in July in a blockbuster deal for Matthew Tkachuk. Huberdeau signed an eight-year, $84 million extension with a $10.5 million AAV final week to turn out to be a long-term Flame.