Daniel Carcillo ponders retirement (and helping others retire)

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Daniel Carcillo doesn’t know if he’ll play another game in the NHL. He does know that he wants to help other players who are pondering life after retirement.

That’s why the 30-year-old began a not-for-profit organization called Chapter 5, in honor of Steve Montador, who passed away at 35.

Carcillo explained what he’s going for with Chapter 5, and his uncertain future in the NHL, with the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.

“We’ve done this one thing our whole lives and now all of a sudden someone makes a decision for you or if you’re lucky enough, you can make that decision for yourself and say, ‘I’m done and I want to move on.’ When that time comes there’s just no way around not missing what you did for all those years,” Carcillo said.

“I just want to be somebody one or two or 20 or 50 guys can rely on to kind of guide them through.”

It’s one thing to criticize the NHLPA’s exit plan, as he did back in April, but Carcillo is taking the intiative to do something about it.

In a way, it only heightens the impact of his memorable Players’ Tribune entry.