Daniel Carcillo announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday morning after spending the past nine years playing a role where he had to do everything he could to get under the skin of his opponents.
Now he is going to be doing everything he can to help players transition to the next stage of their lives after their own careers are finished.
In an article published at the Player's Tribune, Carcillo not only announced the end of his playing career, but also spoke about his future plans. It's a great cause, and the death of his former teammate and friend, Steve Montador, back in February seemed to be the inspiration for Carcillo to follow his new path.
Back in April Carcillo was featured in a six-minute video at the Player's Tribune where he made a powerful plea to the NHLPA to help players with an exit program that helps them transition to a life after hockey.
Now that his own career is over, Carcillo is going to take that on himself.
Here is a sample of what Carcillo had to say in his most recent piece.
In April, when I decided to sit down and talk about how Monty and many other players have struggled to transition to life outside of hockey, I was nervous about how it would be received. The unspoken sentiment is that you don’t talk about this kind of stuff in the hockey world. It can be seen as a “distraction.” When I reached out to my teammates on the Blackhawks to tell them what I was doing, I was really surprised by the reaction. They couldn’t have been more supportive. After the video came out, I had a number of current and former NHL players reach out to me to say that they’re struggling with the same issues.
He also adds that his immediate goal is to focus on players that need any kind of help, whether it be continuing education, finding internships with companies or networking with other athletes who are dealing with similar issues.
"My mission is to help guys who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and uncertainty about their future," Says Carcillo. "Not down the line, not next week, but right now."
"When guys are done with the game, the game shouldn’t be done with them. We sacrifice too much for that to be the status quo."
Carcillo appeared in 429 regular season games in his career with the Coyotes, Flyers, Blackhawks, Kings and Rangers. He was a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams in Chicago, including the 2014-15 team. He just had his day with the Stanley Cup a week ago.
He scored 48 goals and 52 assists in his career while recording 1,233 penalty minutes, leading the league on two different occasions.