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Daniel Carcillo interview, part 2: Information is key to concussion prevention

This is Part 2 of a two-part interview with retired NHL player Daniel Carcillo.

The Players’ Tribune: The Fourth Period

I have been thinking a lot about the importance of teammates lately. When my friend Steve Montador died last February, I didn’t really take the proper time to grieve. We were in the middle of the season. My teammates on the Blackhawks counted on me to be a certain type of guy when I walked into their locker room — the guy who would put on a new playlist every day and joke around and make people happy. Inside, I was an absolute wreck.

Daniel Carcillo opens up about rough transition into life after hockey

Daniel Carcillo thought he had perfect plan for retirement when he decided to hang up his skates after his last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
But Carcillo discovered the hard way his plan wasn’t so perfect. He fell into a deep depression, was angry for unknown reasons, didn’t want to watch hockey any longer and lost the motivation to build his non-profit organization Chapter 5 Foundation. That all lasted for nine months.

My Transition Season

When I committed to signing with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2014/2015 season it was anything but conventional. I was actually on a plane from Detroit back to Pittsburgh, (I was on a Professional Try Out with the Penguins) when I received a message from Stan Bowman and my then agent, Kevin Epp, saying they wanted to bring me back. I was excited and committed immediately because my fiancé, who was pregnant with my son at the time, grew up here and I have always loved and felt comfortable in the city of Chicago.

Daniel Carcillo opens up about rough transition into life after hockey

Daniel Carcillo opens up about rough transition into life after hockey

Daniel Carcillo thought he had perfect plan for retirement when he decided to hang up his skates after his last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
But Carcillo discovered the hard way his plan wasn’t so perfect. He fell into a deep depression, was angry for unknown reasons, didn’t want to watch hockey any longer and lost the motivation to build his non-profit organization Chapter 5 Foundation. That all lasted for nine months.

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My Transition Season

My Transition Season

When I committed to signing with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2014/2015 season it was anything but conventional. I was actually on a plane from Detroit back to Pittsburgh, (I was on a Professional Try Out with the Penguins) when I received a message from Stan Bowman and my then agent, Kevin Epp, saying they wanted to bring me back. I was excited and committed immediately because my fiancé, who was pregnant with my son at the time, grew up here and I have always loved and felt comfortable in the city of Chicago.

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