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Chicago Blackhawks: Daniel Carcillo Retires

By Matt Barbato

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo announced he is retiring in an article for The Players’ Tribune on Thursday. Carcillo, 30, played three seasons with the Blackhawks and was part of two Stanley Cup teams.

Carcillo wrote that the death of his friend and former Blackhawk Steve Montador was an important reason he decided to hang up the skates. Montador’s death inspired Carcillo to create the Chapter 5 Foundation in the defenseman’s honor (Montador wore No. 5). Carcillo wrote he will try to help fellow athletes cope with leaving the game in the next chapter of his life.

“I’m a big believer in signs,” Carcillo wrote. “When we won the Stanley Cup and I was still lying awake at night thinking about how to carry on Monty’s legacy, it felt like it was a sign that it’s time to close one chapter and open another one.”

“Today, I’m retiring from the National Hockey League,” Carcillo wrote. “My immediate goal is to help athletes transition to the next phase of their life — whether it’s continuing education, finding internships with companies, or networking with other athletes who are dealing with the same issues. My mission is to help guys who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and uncertainty about their future. Not down the line, not next week, but right now.”

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Carcillo was widely regarded around the league as an agitator. He accumulated 1,233 penalty minutes throughout his nine-year career. He began his career with the then-Phoenix Coyotes and became a well-known grinder during his time with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2008-2011. He actually played against the Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final before joining the ’Hawks for the 2011-12 season.

He played 51 games during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and was a member of Chicago’s 2013 championship team. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 offseason and played only 26 games with the Kings before getting sent to the New York Rangers for the rest of the season.

Carcillo wound up back in Chicago for what ended up being the final season of his career. He played in 39 games that season and scored four goals with eight assists and 54 penalty minutes. He dealt with a slew of injuries and was held out of the postseason with a concussion. Carcillo won two Stanley Cups in Chicago and accumulated 147 penalty minutes during his three years with the Blackhawks.

As much of a grinder as Carcillo was on the ice, he is an extremely compassionate person off of it. He’s voiced his desire to help fellow athletes battle mental ailments such as depression and seems to be content with his career and where his life is going.

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