Thirteen-year NHL veteran Daniel Carcillo announced his retirement on Thursday in an article published in The Players’ Tribune.
Carcillo said he plans on devoting his time during retirement to the organization he created, called Chapter 5, which is dedicated to helping hockey players find new purpose in life after the NHL.
“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.”
Carcillo cited the death of his friend, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador as a reason for his dedication to Chapter 5.
Montador was found dead in his home in February at age 35. His brain showed evidence of CTE, which can cause depression, and his family plans to sue the NHL. Montador retired in 2012 after sustaining a concussion.
Carcillo, 30, played for five teams over his career, most recently winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago.
- Erin Flynn