Daniel Carcillo spends Stanley Cup day raising money, awareness
Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup by raising funds and awareness for his new foundation to help support athletes transitioning from their careers.
Daniel Carcillo has made headlines over his career with often brash behavior on the ice. However, this season, Carcillo inserted himself in the headlines in a much different manner when he decided to take a stand and seek an important change for his fellow NHL players.
Perhaps you’ll recall Carcillo’s emotional remembrance of the late Steve Montador, one of Carcillo’s former teammates with the Chicago Blackhawks and dear friends. After Montador was found dead in his home in mid-February following a career plagued by concussion problems, Carcillo shared his story on the Players’ Tribune. He also pleaded for the NHL and NHLPA to do more to aid players who struggle after they have left the game.
The man who made his career agitating his opponents and playing on the edge of the rules also decided to take matters into his own hands on this front. Along with friends, he helped form the Chapter 5 Foundation, a non-profit group that helps pro athletes transition to their post-playing career lives. Among the foundation’s stated aims is to help players identify their strengths and weaknesses and find where they might fit in a new career after leaving their designated sport.
When you think about the number of players that make it to the pro ranks in any sport, so many never become big stars in the game, where their futures are set. There aren’t enough jobs out there for all of them to stay in their designated sport as scouts or administrators or TV analysts. Additionally many in hockey don’t have college degrees to help ease the transition. Those that have careers cut short by injuries or other circumstances often have nowhere to turn, which can lead to some troubling outcomes.
So when Carcillo had the chance to enjoy his day with the Stanley Cup Sunday, he used that as an opportunity to help others instead of simply celebrating his and his team’s accomplishment.
The now former Blackhawks forward held the event at Vertigo Sky Lounge in Chicago, selling tickets for the public to come see the Stanley Cup with all proceeds going to the new foundation. There was also a silent auction featuring some notable items including a signed jersey from the Blackhawks’ 2015 Stanley Cup team. Perhaps the funds raised Sunday can help jump-start the foundation which is embarking on a noble effort.
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However, the person who inspired this foundation and this event was not far from the memory of his friends. Missy Holas, one of the co-founders of Chapter 5 and another close personal friend of Montador's, made sure "Monty" was part of the day.
Montador played his last NHL game with the Blackhawks in 2012.
Carcillo, who is now an unrestricted free agent without a contract, has recently said he is mulling retirement. He told Chicago radio show Kap & Haugh last week that he is "98 percent sure" he’ll be walking away from the game after 10 seasons. But now we know what he’s going to be doing after his hockey career and it could lead to something very important and necessary for his fellow players.
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