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.
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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.
Carcillo talks Montador’s ‘trying times,’ questions NHLPA’s exit program
In a new Players’ Tribune piece, Chicago forward Daniel Carcillo touches on the passing of friend and ex-teammate Steve Montador, questioning how the NHLPA deals with players once their careers are finished.
“Over the years, I saw that deterioration of [Montador’s] mind, and he must have felt that as well,” Carcillo explained. “Just recently going home to Mississauga and to his home and seeing the number of sets of keys he had for the same lock kind of tells you the story of what was going on in his head and his memory loss and his mental state.”
Montador passed away in mid-February at the age of 35, following a series of concussions during his playing days. Police suspected no foul play and believed he passed due to “natural causes.” Autopsy results have yet to be released publicly.
The former Flame, Panther, Sabre, Duck, Bruin and Blackhawk appeared 571 career NHL games, the last of which came in Chicago during the 2011-12 campaign. Montador spent the 2013-14 season playing in Russia and, that March, spoke with CSNChicago.com about struggling with the end of his playing days.
“I can see why people have a hard time with a number of different things and being taken away from something they love to do and not sure if you’d ever get back the chance.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety and depression that comes with that.”
In that light, here’s what Carcillo had to say about now the NHLPA deals with players after their careers are over.
“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.
“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.
“From the guys that I’ve talked to who have moved on, they’ve all said the same thing — all fell into a deep depression and went away quietly. It was almost as if the less noise you make when you go away, the better.
“I don’t think it’s right. It doesn’t feel right for how much we give to this league and this sport. Sacrificing our bodies, sacrificing our minds with the concussions and the hits that we take.”
From almost out of nowhere, Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo and Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare dropped the gloves early in the third period of the Flyers’ 4-1 win on Wednesday.
For the 30-year-old Bellemare, of France, that appears to be his first fight in the NHL, according to his profile on the league’s website. The fight happened during a stoppage in play, while both teams were making line changes. It’s believed the Flyers were unhappy with Carcillo, believing he embellished a high stick called against Philadelphia’s Carlo Colaiacovo earlier in the period.