Former NHL player Jeff Parker has been diagnosed with Stage 3 (of 4) Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) by researchers at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank

Former NHL player Jeff Parker has been diagnosed with Stage 3 (of 4) Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) by researchers at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, led by director Dr. Ann McKee. Parker died at age 53 last September, and had played five seasons in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres and Hartford Whalers from 1986-1991. Parker was a standout forward at Michigan State University, and was cast as a fighter upon entering the NHL. Shortly after his playing career ended, Parker began to experience symptoms associated with CTE, suffering from constant headaches, memory loss, and impulsive behavior. Parker is the sixth professional hockey player to be diagnosed with CTE at the Brain Bank.

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