Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy became the first active NHL to pledge his brain for donation to CTE research.

Lovejoy announced his pledge Thursday after his agent reached out to Concussion Legacy Foundation, which has collected pledges from more than 2,500 athletes and veterans for studying Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions. Lovejoy is the first active NHLer to join that group.

The 33-year-old defenseman said he talked to his wife about donating his brain three or four years ago, but things officially went into motion in recent months.

"I'm a believer in medicine, I'm a believer in helping the future," Lovejoy said. "This summer I read an article about how many NFL players had pledged their brain and there were no current NHL players. I immediately forwarded the article to my agent, who went to (Boston University), and said, 'Can you look into this and figure out how I can do this?'"