Tag: Steve Montador

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.

Montador’s lawyer calls Bettman’s comments on concussions and CTE ‘shocking’

Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks

The lawyer representing the family of the late Steve Montador called commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments on the link between concussions and CTE shocking.

Montador, who appeared in 571 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks, died on Feb. 15. An autopsy revealed he suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

“From a medical and scientific standpoint,” Bettman said on Thursday about a possible link between concussions and CTE, “there is no evidence yet that one leads to the other.”

William Gibbs of the Chicago-based law firm, who plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Montador family against the NHL, was surprised at the comments.

“I presumed that he must have been misquoted because it made no sense to me,” Gibbs told The Chicago Tribune. “I guess there has been no medical or scientific study saying that if you have 15 shots of whiskey and drive the wrong way down an interstate highway you’re going to hurt someone. Do we need such a study to know it’s dangerous? Mr. Bettman seems to be saying that there is no link between repetitive head trauma sustained during a professional hockey career and later in life issues, which is shocking in this day and age.”

According to researchers at Boston University, CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head.

Montador was found dead in his Mississauga, Ontario, home at age 35. Over parts of 10 seasons Montador had 65 regular season fights.

“Certainly, we believe very strongly that there is a lot of evidence regarding that correlation and that connection,” Gibbs said. “The only way that one can acquire CTE — I’m no scientist — but I’ve read, is through repetitive head trauma. When we know that someone has been involved in a sport professionally for a decade that encourages fighting, which certainly exposes the brain to trauma, and through the natural course of a game has certainly a propensity to cause trauma to the head, it doesn’t take a genius to add that all together and say professional hockey in Steve Montador’s case caused his CTE.”

The NHLPA declined to comment directly to the Tribune on CTE, but revealed plans to launch an athlete development program next season in partnership with the NHL.

Report: Montador signs in KHL

Brian Elliott, Steve Montador, Mike Weber

Veteran NHL defenseman Steve Montador is off to the KHL.

Croatian KHL club Medvescak Zagreb announced they’ve signed the 10-year NHL veteran to a new deal.

Last season, Montador had a rough go of things as he struggled with concussion problems and was later sent to the AHL. He wasn’t around to help the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup but he was part of the committee of players who negotiated with and against the owners during the lockout.

Curiously enough, Zagreb has become a home-far away-from home for many former NHL players.

Checking out the Medvescak roster they’ve also got goalie Mark Dekanich, defenseman Kurtis Foster, and a host of forwards including one-time 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo, 2003 first-round pick Hugh Jessiman, Bill Thomas, as well as AHL vets Boyd Kane, Andrew Murray and Matt Murley.

At the very least, Montador is headed to a place with some familiar faces.