Tag: Daniel Carcillo

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

Pondering retirement indeed: Carcillo is ’98 percent ready to move on’


Daniel Carcillo isn’t just considering retirement; it sounds like he’s strongly leaning in that direction.

During an appearance on CSN Chicago’s Kap & Haugh, Carcillo said he’s “about 98 percent ready to move on.”

“Thirty is a good age for me to get out and do some other things,” Carcillo said.

As noted in this post, Carcillo detailed his plan to help players post-retirement with “Chapter 5” in an interview with The Chicago Tribune.

He’s raising money for his not-for-profit organization, and it sounds like that is going well:

Carcillo has enjoyed some big wins at the NHL level with the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, even if an increasingly reduced role meant zero playoff appearances in the Blackhawks’ 2015 postseason run (he did play in 39 regular season games, however).

Combine that declining role with Carcillo’s clear realization that the sport takes a huge toll on a person, and it’s understandable that he’s weighing his options. Perhaps he can do some good after those years of being an agitating presence on the ice?

Check out his emotional video for The Players’ Tribune, where he speaks from the heart about Steve Montador’s untimely death.

PHT Morning Skate: Reacting to Chicago’s championship


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Let’s lead with the highlights from Chciago’s Stanley Cup-winning 2-0 victory last night:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is among those declaring the Blackhawks a dynasty. He’s also promising a “world class” celebration. (Associated Press)

Whether or not they’re a dynasty, what they’ve accomplished in spite of the salary cap is incredible. (Bleacher Report)

Pro athletes react to Chicago’s Stanley Cup championship. (The Players’ Tribune)

Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough’s say they have fulfilled their ultimate goal:

After winning the Stanley Cup, Daniel Carcillo spoke about Steve Montador, whose “spirit is still with me.” (CSN Chicago)

Here’s a look at the jerseys worn by each championship team from 1918-2014. (Sports Logos)

Report: NHLPA working on ‘back to school’ program for players

2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - Press Event

Just weeks after Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo openly questioned the NHLPA’s exit program, TSN reports the union is currently working on a “back to school” program, aimed at helping current players adjust to their post-hockey careers.


TSN has learned that for the past two years, [NHLPA executive Mathieu] Schneider and his colleagues have been quietly researching professional sports leagues around the world, consulting with sports industry executives as far away as in New Zealand about programs that help active professional athletes improve levels of education and prepare for post-playing careers.

The personal development program will see players receive counseling about personal relationships and parenting, and be given the opportunity to shadow executives in industries such as finance.

The NHL and NHLPA have each pledged close to $1.5 million over the next three years to the pilot project, though it’s unclear how much of the collective $3 million will go to pay for tuition and other fees at colleges, universities and trade schools.

Per TSN, Schneider said he was aware of Carcillo’s exit program critiques and acknowledged they had merit. Carcillo’s remarks came shortly after the passing of friend and ex-Blackhawks teammate Steve Montador, who died in February at 35.

“So after Monty died, I really did some research, kind of asking guys that had already moved on and that I had played with if they knew what our exit program was for the NHLPA and I was kind of astonished to find out that not one guy can tell me what it was,” Carcillo said.

“Right now, as far as the PA goes, we would receive a phone call to see how we’re doing and that’s pretty much our exit program.”

Per TSN, the union hopes to launch its “back to school” program this fall, which aims to eventually include retired players as well.