NHL reaches 'tentative' settlement in concussion lawsuit

The NHL has reached a “tentative” settlement against the former hockey players who claim the league didn’t warm them of the dangers of head trauma.

The NHL issued a statement Monday, saying it reached a deal with the players that it felt was “fair and reasonable.” However, the league didn’t admit responsibility for any concussions and issues that were brought forth in the suit.

“The NHL does not acknowledge any liability for the Plaintiffs’ claims in these cases. However, the parties agree that the settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution and that it is in the parties’ respective best interests to receive the benefits of the settlement and to avoid the burden, risk and expense of further litigation,” the statement read.

The payout from the settlement, nor the conditions, were named in the statement.

More than 100 former players were part of the suit, in which they alleged the league didn’t properly prepare them nor protected them from the dangers of head injuries while playing in the league.

The case reached U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in July, and she denied a bid for class-action status, which would have consolidated the plaintiffs into two entities — one for living former NHL players and one for players who suffered from neurological or brain disorders allegedly from playing.

If the class-action status had been approved, more than 5,000 players could have joined the suit.