During Montador's funeral in Mississauga on Saturday, Dr. Charles Tator said Montador understood the serious nature of concussions in hockey and made a decision five years ago to donate his brain to scientific research upon his death, the Associated Press reported.
Craig Conroy, a former teammate on the
“He didn't know when it was going to be, but when it did happen, he wanted to donate his brain,” said Conroy, a former
Montador died Feb. 15 at the age of 35. The cause of his death has yet to be determined pending the results of an autopsy.
His death came a little more than a year following his retirement, after lingering concussion symptoms forced him to abandon extending his career overseas. Shortly before his retirement, Montador took a leave of absence from the team because of lingering effects of a concussion he suffered while with the Chicago Blackhawks in February 2012.
Montador's decision to donate his brain didn't come as a surprise to those who knew him.
"He was very intellectual himself and looking for answers and trying to figure out what made things work and how to improve things," said former Ducks teammate
Montador played with six teams over a 10-year NHL career. He appeared in 56 games with the Ducks during the 2008-09 season, finishing with four goals and 16 assists. He was shipped to the