Former NHL enforcer Daniel Carcillo to donate his brain for research
Daniel Carcillo made a living in the National Hockey League for nine seasons by welcoming contact with his opponents.
But perhaps his most significant contribution to the game will be revealed when all those collisions are tallied beyond his 1,233 career penalty minutes.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion announced on Twitter that he plans to donate his brain to “be used for study and furthering understanding of the consequences of traumatic brain injury.”
Carcillo twice led the NHL in penalty minutes and retired in 2015 after nine NHL seasons and two Stanley Cup titles as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
This is one of the scariest & hardest things I’ve ever had to write but here it goes. I am pledging my brain to Ted Carrick and the @Carrickinst (Carrick Institute) to be used for study and furthering understanding of the consequences of traumatic brain injury when I pass @NHL
Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) May 2, 2018
He made a public declaration of his post-retirement plans in a column he wrote for The Players Tribune.
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 has been an outspoken advocate for better health care for NHL players.
Earlier Wednesday, he answered questions on his Instagram live concerning the NHL – which he calls the “league of denial” – and implored players to learn the risks associated with repeated hits to the head.
On Tuesday, he took the league to task for not punishing Washington’s Tom Wilson for a hit that knocked Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin out of a game. Wilson was suspended for three games by the NHL on Wednesday for a hit to Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese, who suffered a broken jaw and concussion.
Last week he called out the league and the players association for a lack of treatment and education for repetitive head traumas, which he said “has directly led to the deaths of 4 former players” — Derek Boogaard, Steve Montador, Wade Belak and Rick Rypien.