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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links: Carcillo Pledges Brain To CTE Research

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks across the ice during the NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 18, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks across the ice during the NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 18, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo, a big advocate for NHL player safety, has pledged his brain to CTE research

As we watch these Stanley Cup Playoffs, the same conversations continue to come up that have all season.  We don’t really know what goaltender interference is, and we still don’t have a definite rule for illegal hits to the head.  Although the NHL’s player safety rule book may change at a slower pace than fans want it to, one former Chicago Blackhawks player continues to demand more information about how we can protect our players in the game we love watch.

Daniel Carcillo’s good friend and former Blackhawk Steve Montador passed away after suffering from depression and degenerative brain disease, and since then Carcillo has been working hard to spread awareness on behalf of his good friend.  He founded the Chapter 5 Foundation that helps athletes who may have mental health issues transition to life after their careers.

On Wednesday, Carcillo pledged his brain to the Carrick Institute, a clinical neuroscience and rehabilitation program, with hopes of giving doctors more information on brain trauma that took his friend too soon.

In USA Hockey news, former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling was spotted with his new pads.  Some fans made the comparison to a character from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.”

And finally, in news around the league, PETA has caught wind of the Tennessee Titans players celebrating at Nashville Predators games using a dead catfish as a prop.  Let’s just say they’re not too happy about this. However, this isn’t the first hockey tradition that involves a dead animal.

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Morning links

  • Blackhawks president to business leaders: Hire the right people – The Daily Herald
  • Viktor Svedberg living it up in Rock Vegas – The Athletic
  • ‘Hawks still have faith in Gustav Forsling – The Daily Herald
  • NHL players to make worlds a tournament to watch this year – Washington Post
  • Man must think it enough to wear Blackhawks jersey at Cubs game – The Onion
  • Rockford division finals preview – NHL.com
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