Carcillo talks about his brain injuries, sues the NHL

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Former NHL players Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton are suing the league, alleging it failed to warn players about the long-term risk of brain damage from fighting.

The lawsuit filed June 21, 2018 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota says Boynton and Carcillo continued to play hockey despite head injuries. They now both suffer from long-term, degenerative brain damage.

Carcillo, a forward whose nickname was “Car Bomb” for his penchant for delivering hard hits, skated for five NHL teams over nine seasons. He won a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boynton, a defenceman who totaled 862 penalty minutes over 605 career NHL games, skated for six teams over 12 years.

Dozens of former players are already part of a similar lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota.

The video above posted on the Players Tribune on June 13, 2018.

 

Here’s an overview of Carcillo’s career from Wikipedia:

Daniel Carcillo (born January 28, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. He most recently played under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). His on-ice reputation has led to him being nicknamed “Car Bomb.”[1][2] Carcillo won a Stanley Cup as a member of the 2013 and 2015 Blackhawks. After retiring from the NHL in 2015, Carcillo created a non-profit organization that assists former NHL-players who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome and mental health issues.

After being drafted 73rd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carcillo was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Georges Laraque on February 27, 2007. During the 2007–08 regular season, he led the NHL with 324 penalty minutes.

Carcillo was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4, 2009, in exchange for Scottie Upshall and a 2011second-round draft pick. His first goal as a Flyer came in Game 4 of the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs against Pittsburgh.

Carcillo during a Chicago Blackhawks practice

Carcillo signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1, 2011.[3] Carcillo’s 2011–12 season came to an early end on January 2, 2012, in a game between the Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers.[4] In that game, Carcillo was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding and attempting to injure Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert.[5] Both Carcillo and Gilbert were injured on the play, and Carcillo was suspended for seven games. Carcillo, however, also suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on the play, and was announced as out for the season on January 13 once his suspension ended, having surgery four days later.[6][7] On March 12, 2012, Carcillo signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks through to the 2013–14 season.[8]

 

Carcillo hoists the Stanley Cup at the Grant Park rally celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks2013 victory

Carcillo was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on July 16, 2013, in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.[9] He was then traded to the New York Rangerson January 4, 2014, for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014.[10] On May 23, 2014, Carcillo was automatically suspended ten games during the 2014 playoffs for using physical force against a linesman while being escorted to the penalty box.[11] On June 3, 2014, Carcillo’s suspension on appeal was reduced from ten games to six by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.[12]

On September 4, 2014, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Carcillo to a professional tryout contract in order to attend their 2014 training camp. He subsequently failed to make the team and was released.[13][14] On October 3, 2014, Carcillo was added to the Chicago Blackhawks’ training camp roster. He agreed to a one-year, one-way contract at the league minimum of $550,000 for his second stint with the club.

On January 16, 2015, Carcillo injured Winnipeg Jets‘ forward Mathieu Perreault while delivering a cross-check from behind after the play had been stopped.[15] Perreault left the game and the NHL’s Department of Player Safety issued Carcillo a six-game suspension and a fine of $40,243.92 for the hit. The incident marked the twelfth time Carcillo had been fined or suspended in nine NHL seasons.[16] The Blackhawks won 2015 Stanley Cup, and although Carcillo did not make an appearance for the Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, his name was still engraved on the Stanley Cup.[17]

Carcillo’s reckless style of play earned him the nickname “Car Bomb”.[18]

On September 17, 2015, Carcillo announced his retirement from professional hockey.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Carcillo was the host of a music-focused 2011 radio program entitled The Bomb Shelter on WGN Radio 720 in Chicago.[21]

Carcillo has admitted to battling alcohol and substance abuse problems throughout his professional career. Upon joining the Blackhawks, Carcillo became friends with Steve Montador, who was also trying to overcome a substance abuse problem. Montador helped Carcillo battle his alcohol and substance dependencies, but was forced to leave the NHL after sustaining a concussion in 2012. Carcillo remained friends with Montador until the latter’s unexpected death in 2015. Montador’s death deeply impacted Carcillo, who was also recovering from a concussion. He called for the NHL community to play a larger role in the lives of former players that have suffered concussions.[22][23] After winning the Stanley Cup in 2015, Carcillo retired from playing professional hockey and established the ‘Chapter 5 Foundation’, which is dedicated to helping players who are struggling with post-concussion syndrome, anxiety, or depression.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000-01 Aurora Tigers OMHA 34 16 21 37 78
2001–02 Milton Merchants OPJHL 47 15 16 31 162
2002–03 Sarnia Sting OHL 68 29 37 66 157 6 0 4 4 14
2003–04 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 30 29 59 148 4 1 2 3 12
2004–05 Sarnia Sting OHL 12 2 7 9 40
2004–05 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 20 8 10 18 75 5 3 1 4 18
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 51 11 13 24 311 11 1 0 1 47
2005–06 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 6 3 2 5 32
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 52 21 9 30 183
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 4 3 7 74
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 57 13 11 24 324
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 2 1 3 16
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 3 7 10 174
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 4 4 80 5 1 1 2 5
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 12 10 22 207 17 2 4 6 34
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 4 2 6 127 11 2 1 3 30
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 28 2 9 11 82
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 2 1 3 11 4 0 1 1 6
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 1 1 2 57
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 31 3 0 3 43 8 2 0 2 22
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 4 4 8 54
NHL totals 429 48 52 100 1233 45 7 7 14 97

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 2 4 33
Junior totals 7 2 2 4 33