Recently, more and more players are joining the fight in hockey. However, these fights aren’t against other players, but rather, against the NHL itself. Daniel Carcillo is one of many players who are now suing the NHL for withholding information about traumatic brain injuries.
In Part I: The Road To The NHL, we detailed Daniel’s life growing up. Specifically, how he made his way into the NHL and the countless injuries and TBIs he’s dealt with.
Part II: Steve Montador got into the unfortunate death of Daniel Carcillo’s best friend, former Chicago Blackhawk Steve Montador. Montador suffered from depression as a result of the multiple concussions and TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) he sustained in his career in the National Hockey League.
Part III: Chapter 5 covered how Daniel responded to the loss of his friend, Steve Montador. The NHL doesn’t have much of an exit program for players, so he created Chapter 5. Chapter 5 is designed to help players suffering with anxiety/depression after their playing career. Additionally, it’s a quality resource for wives/families.
Part IV: CTE and the NHL continued to discuss why Chapter 5 and creating conversation on CTE and the NHL are not only important, but necessary.
Part V of the Daniel Carcillo Story will wrap up a story which never really ends.
The NHL Has A Problem
Through four parts of the Daniel Carcillo Story, it’s apparent that the NHL has a problem on their hands. Brains of players who’ve passing away early show CTE. The connection between hockey and CTE has become clear (research has only proven it further), however the NHL continues to deny it.
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So, the NHL continues to stay the course just as the summer has continued to drag on. They consistently deny facts and claim there isn’t enough evidence to connect the NHL and CTE.
Some fans are aware, but a large group are in denial or don’t care because fighting and physicality are all “part of the sport.” There’s another group of fans who simply don’t know these issues are happening because the media is not showing these stories on major media outlets. There’s virtually no way for the average fan (or person) to know this is going on because it’s not put in front of them to be seen.
So, here it is, in front of you to see.
“I’m the type of person that when I see injustice, I need to act. I need to hold people accountable”
Fortunately, Daniel Carcillo knows. Daniel Carcillo won’t let the league forget, and he won’t stop until you’re aware, either. Even when Carcillo is gone, he’ll still be doing hockey a service as he is donating his brain for research on head trauma. The Daniel Carcillo Story never truly stops.
While he’s here, Daniel continues to tweet at the league almost daily reminding them of the players they lost and the players they are putting at risk. He calls them out for dirty hits while also tweeting out resources for players who may be struggling. All of this, while running the Chapter 5 foundation to help ex-players going through the same thing he did.
Daniel has witnessed first hand what the “League of Denial” is capable of doing to players. It happened to Carcillo. It happened to Boogard. It happened to Montador. If the league continues on doing things the way they’ve always done them because it’s “part of the game,” then soon they will see the deaths of players and guys suffering from CTE as “part of the game,” too.