Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses head trauma and treatment

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Jonathan Wright : "I don't love the NHL...I love the game of hockey" - most powerful statement in this entire video

Brendan Collins : People who are out here saying that Carcillo was a goon and has dished out his share of concussions are missing the point completely. He is the product of a league that has withheld information and let guys like Carcillo play and thrive putting in jeopardy the lives of all the players in the league. He's the best man to speak out about this, and I am sure glad he is.

TheiHow : I am praying for your healing and strength in Jesus name!

David Broughall : I really do have to wonder about the lack of humanity of the people writing in these comments. "He signed on the bottom line." "He knew the risks." "He was a goon." Tell me, who wouldn't want to get paid huge amounts of money playing the game you love? Guess what, it's only very recently that we've come to fully understand the risk to the brain when playing contact sports like football and hockey, so it's likely he didn't fully understand them. It's the so-called goons that suffer disproportionately, because they're the ones fighting to protect the star players. Look at Derek Boogaard.

VOIZES : Blessings to you, Daniel. Wishing you a full recovery, and I hope that your work healing yourself serves to lessen the suffering in the NHL and in other pro sports. It's too great a price to pay. Your honesty is very valuable. Much Love, to you and your family.

clubmongerboy : This video shows a side of Carcillo speak like I've never seen before.  His trash talking and persona is what many will remember. It's good to see him contribute to this awareness affecting previous enforcers/players. This is the first good thing I've seen him contribute to as I was never a fan.

tim mead : Big Carcillo fan. But there has been many many studies done that prove Fighting in the NHL is not where concussions are coming from. It's the equipment of today's NHL that's causing so much harm on the players. They should make the elbow pads, shoulder pads smaller and the Concussions will lower. Guys that want to hit with the small pads will still make big hits but it will impact them as well, so there will be more rubouts and not guys like Tom Wilson skating hard to take a guy's head off. I played 5 years in hockey and only was concussed once. I played 11 years in football and was concussed 5 times. The problem I have is that kids aren't coach proper on technique in giving receiving hits anymore. Now with hitting being taken out of peewee up here in Canada.. kid are now going in blind getting to the next level!

JM 26 : This guy was a goon that went out on the ice specifically to hurt people. Spare me the sob story. Not to completely dismiss what he's saying, but the timing here just seems suspicious. The NHL weeds out the goons and one of the goons is setting the groundwork for a lawsuit against the NHL. I hope time proves me wrong, but I don't feel sorry for this man.

J. Horvath : Hard to feel bad for a guy who spared no opportunity to cause head trauma and injury to another player.

Gabriel Vezina : Watch the movie Concussion with Will Smith and you will understand everything about concussions/CTE

playinragz : Carcillo played dirty hockey his whole career. Cheap dirty hockey!

Gee G : You made the choice to play the game and drop the gloves. Now you're blaming the NHL

Brew311 : The chair Sydney Crosby says helped him with his concussion recovery.

Ricky Alachniewicz : This dudes right. Hockey culture is straight toxic and locker rooms were my least favorite pat of it all

Jen Billings : I'm glad he came forward as well as another player coming forward to talk about the hazing and physical, emotional and verbal abuse. I just came across 2 of these interviews and I am disgusted at the OHL level and the NHL. It still makes me wonder though if this is still happening. It was said that coaches etc were in on stuff too. I am just litterly disgusted. The other video I came across was a team mate and he said he started to coach AAA and couldn't do it cause just being in the rink made him sick. The guarded demeanor of the other player (I can't think of his name) but he has a hard time keeping eye contact and still fearful. That is what wrecks people for life at any age. I do hope this is widely seen cause i was sick to my stomach watching both videos. These guys will never be the same....i can't even think what all I want to even reply cause im just so disgusted and upset...im in the health care field and if anyone had any idea of working with an individual with a brain injury... it's heart wrenching.

Tim Fronimos : sorry for the bad grammar but concussive injury even effects us recreational players

Daniel Breitkreuz : I feel bad for Carcillo but this clinic does nothing, it's just a placebo effect and helps calm his anxiety because he thinks he's helping himself and working towards a goal of getting better. There are so many neurological pathways in the brain and starring at lines on a wall and spinning you around is not going to repair them or find ways around the dead pathways. Time, lack of physical brain movement and proper nutrition are the only things you can do.

Son Kakaroto : Signs up to play full contact sport. Complains when head hurts. This guy must be a scientist.

jack costa : Let's not forget all us guys that didn't even come close to the pro level. A cross check to the face at age 12 and a trip that sent me into the boards head first ruined my life.

7234 : Dr. Mark Gordon of Encino, CA does tremendous work linking TBIs and hormone deficiencies. I’ve sustained concussions from youth hockey, explosions in Afghanistan and car accidents in the states and I’m finally getting back on track after simply having my hormones checked.

Michael Grenon : I suffered a severe concussion after a car accident and initially lost significant ability to speak for the first week. Then the mTBIs neurological symptoms started and have continued for the 18 months since. Your reaction in the beginning of the video, looking away and into the distance while becoming overwhelmed and tearing up and seemingly at a loss of words and despondent is to a T how I get when asked how am I doing. When you say it's hard being a man with pride going to seek treatment...I feel the exact same way. I am a doctor of pharmacy, and graduated with high honors, received many awards, am published, have played drums for 24 years and was signed to a small record deal right out of high school, played baseball until I was 24 and last at bat was homerun. I have never met a challenge I could not beat or a hobby I didn't perform exceptional in through hard work and passion. I wanted to attempt a few fitness expos I got myself from 175lbs 15% body fat to 207lbs 4% body fat, I was married to a physician and divorced from that physician, and still after being betrayed and isolated, I had me, my pride, my loving family and could overcome anything. After the accident everything....everything about me and the person I always was got erased and was replaced with guilt, hopelessness, anxiety, depression, loss of self, apathy, etc...as well multiple physical symptoms. It's amazing to see the similarity in your demeanor to mine. I wish you a speedy acceptable recovery and thank you so much for making this video

Jonathan Edward : My one question is how is physical violence and pummeling another player to the the ice the sport of Hockey?

Earz To The Streetz : This Guy was a real warrior on the ice man he put it all on the line all the time ! Playoffs was a entertainment for sure Hope he gets better !

Brandon Sibley : I can't even count the amount of undiagnosed concussions I've had from playing hockey all my life

Capin Kirt : Maybe I should get a super dangerous job and do no research or take in consideration the dangers it may contain. Then blame others for what happens instead of taking responsibility for my decisions and actions like this d-bag. Yep im convinced, Im doing it!!!!!

ChickenOfTheCaveMan : I really hope he gets the best recovery possible with these treatments but I can't help but to see dishonesty here. Sure, the NHL and NHLPA are accountable but the game is played by players and they're the most accountable of all. I know this is an intense game but players need to respect each others, the amount of elbows and hard slashing is still there though it decreased since the Carcillo kind of players are vanishing from the league.

B Xx : Step 1: Get George Parros off the department of player's safety. Some of those head shots by Tom Wilson in the playoffs should have received a 20+ game suspension. Don't let idiots run around on the ice if they've proven they shouldn't be there.

NCarmine1 : I truly believe that Dan Carcillo will make a biggest impact how NHL deals head traumas in near future.He and Paul Holmgren probably saved Nick Boynton`s life after addiction when he played Philadelphia

Josh Fry : Unfortunately you signed the contracts and knew what you were getting into! You cant blame trainers or staff your a grown man and if you couldnt play then say so!! Dont sue the league cuz your broke!

Rocco Anthony : Wow, great job for penguins fans justifying the “pussifying” of the NHL lol. I hate to say this but no wonder soccer is about to overtake the NHL for the 4th place for professional league lmao. People watch NHL because it is fast and physical. Not because it is “only fast”. This whole pussifying is an absolute joke. Which is also why I will NEVER consider Crosby to be top 10 all time. He is product of the league pussifying the NHL. He would not be playing that many games after all the concussions he had during his peak, had the league commissioner and the top members softened the league with BS rules. Hockey was ALWAYS a physical sport. Only those who are tough enough can survive. If you can’t, than just retire. Plain and simple. They should ALL know that. If you don’t want to play contact sports, than they should have played baseball or basketball, not hockey or American football.

John Beck : Thanks for having the courage to share your story Dan. We may not have played the same role but we certainly share very similar after hockey stories. 20+ concussions later and the pain, fear and uncertainty are very real. The guilt of having a young family and not being able to be 100% for them ever is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Thanks to your video I’ve booked myself a week at the centre. Who knows how much it will help but any relief is a blessing to not only myself but my wife, kids, parents and coworkers. When doctors openly write cte on your charts in front of you it’s a very scary thing and it doesn’t leave you with great feelings of hope. People don’t know me, I barely played minor pro so I can’t speak out on the topic like you can and I’m damn sure glad you are! Keep fighting the good fight.

Citizenshane81 : I hated Carcillo when he played, I hated him cause he was so good. Now I see him as courageous. I know the feeling. I had 5 strokes at 37 years old due to undiagnosed meningitis that was left way too long. ICU, Speech therapy, Cognitive therapy, mental/emotional therapy, I know all about that. He’s doing the right thing.

and if you're retarded then I apologize : Car bomb boom. Hang in there.

Dimitri : every player wanted to punch him in the face when he played so this makes sense

Asia Roberson : they need to do that in football too because the same thing happened in that sport too

Tim Fronimos : The NHL is like a meatgrinder that treats innured players and explayers like a commodity. Vegas Golden Knights entry fee was $500 million dollars US if they took a portion and invested in concussive brain injury OR fund for injured players Bettman and al l could be heroes. Seattle is gonna pay $650 million to join. 10% from these two expansions would be $100 million to address the problem. the player in the video said it best I don't love the NHL but I do love hockey. this issue will bankrupt some major professional sport at some day in the future their culpability is that obvious

AttilatheThrilla : This guy was a dirty player... I feel bad for him but this is just Karma for his dirty hits and actions.

matt forte : carbomb!

Jason Brown : Thank you Daniel. As a fan of the game, as a fan of the American version, as a Philly fan, as a fan of humanity, your educating so many you'll never know. You scored, you threw, you bled, all the colors of the league. Daniel. Thank you and may you understand your contribution to the future of LIFE.

VanIsleBC : buddy's just a duster. he was always such a gong show. he needs to pack a dip, toss back a couple of luckys and just giver

Chris Papadopuniger : If someone ever tried to haze me in the locker room, they got their teeth punched out.

glen glen : a hockey player will do anything to become the best. it is a true war what you risk out on the ice and off the ice, but what you gain you can lose and what youve lost will always be gone.

xystumpy : Such a dirty player don’t feel bad for him

Rita Doucet - Canada : This is what I shared on google+: Brain injury is an ongoing fight on a daily basis, I wrote on the news report for players to NOT settle with the NHL as they were oblivious of the harm of concussion brain injury and through the years of having people speaking out of their injuries ONLY then will we find that those who spoke out were not dealing with SIMPLE medical formulas that would heal them instantly. Medical doctors are trying with their constant assumptions of MAYBE this will work or that, that is false. I suffered a concussion that affected my short-term memory loss, simply by falling off my bike. I knew it was major damage. My EYES rolled up on its own towards the sky, I saw millions of stars float around as I sat there on the ground waiting for those symptoms to subside. Afterwards I could not remember what I did yesterday and it had serious consequences of living my daily life. It took six months for my doctor to diagnose me with a brain injury, I cannot remember the term he used, but validation that I was NOT crazy made my heart sing out, FINALLY proof of NOT being a mental case but suffering from brain injury. This was not the first fall, as a young girl of 11 while I visited my brother years ago, he worked on a farm and I could not stand the stench of farm dung that he had to work in and he advised me to go play with the girl that had horses, I did what I was told, we were riding bare back and ooops there I went flying off the horse, I cannot remember what happened afterwards. Throughout the years I played baseball, being miss toughy I would run forward and try to bump that fat man standing on the base but I would be the one who fell flat on her ass. A boyfriend and his brother fighting together and I would try and break them apart, sent me flying off my feet and flat on my ass once again, without knowing I was suffering the effects of brain injury during all these times, of constant headaches, I took aspirin, aspirin that eventually made for a weak stomach lining that eventually led to major surgery, when pain gripped me beyond understanding I called for an ambulance (dying was an option I was open too) they rushed me into surgery for exploratory surgery, they fixed it but left me with a scar from the top to bottom of my tummy. I went back to work as I thought I could work while sitting without having the proper restraints to hold my tummy in, I developed 4 hernia's from that surgery, after effects I call it, to have a surgical stomach mesh implanted in me. Mental stress would bring about floating mirrors in my eyes, not a common thing for people to experience. To heal from the stress I learned to lie down with eyes closed and to allow the mirrors to disappear as that was the only way I could deal with it. Now, I use Aloe Vera to heal my eyes when these mirror like images come about. My eyesight with the Aloe seems to change, I have bifocals and my eyesight is good one day, next day I deal with blurry vision. all these symptoms are the affect of BRAIN INJURY.

Ken Nelson : "But but but he was a goon" he admitted that he gave it just as much as he took it. Nobody deserves this.

David Broughall : I just read about the hazing rituals that Carcillo went through as a rookie with the Sarnia Sting. Disgusting. No doubt similar things have happened, and likely continue to happen on most or all sports teams. Hazing rituals are nominally supposed to develop trust in your teammates, but in reality sow anger, resentment and psychological trauma.

David G Draper : Brother as a veteran, so many of us are dealing with this and yet our care is so piss poor. I know that many of us are having our children play soccer, international football. I hope you put your son in a soccer program. It’s not perfect either but need to come to terms with this and treat those with brain injury accordingly. You and your mates from Hockey will be in our collective thoughts. I know my BIL sustained multiple concussions while playing NCAA hockey and the 2 years he spent playing farm league hockey just trying to get back to school. Fredonia State in NY took in most of his farm league teammates and tried their best to keep them safe while giving them an education. I know his personality is much different post hockey. His kids no longer play the game or even US football but stick to baseball and softball. This is something the world needs to hear. The Sane is true for veterans. We know what it’s like to have huge gaps in memory, serious depression and gaps in our thought processes. Thanks for coming forward.

BuckMarley : Appreciate the honest blunt truth that the NHL/NFL and all its advertisers do not want you to know. I dont watch Hockey but have watched sports (entertainment) all my life, including the NFL and Professional Wrestling. People love the brutality and at the end of the day, the players know what they're signing up for in part (the physical aspect) and they get paid handsomely for their play. I am very compassionate for their life after sports but i do know the wicked and ugly truth behind the ways of this world. These players are destroying their bodies for entertainment and money at the end of the day, who doesnt know that all Major Sports are betted on and rigged at the highest levels...all for the mighty dollar. That means the precious memories and moments are tainted and deceitful because moments and even players...are being rigged to operate a certain way. My only question is "What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul"?- Jesus Christ There is a price to fame and riches in the Devil's wicked game.

NothingToPointOut24 : Were the deaths of Belak, Rypien and Boogaard not proof enough? Give me a break with this garbage. Everyone knows that hockey is dangerous. And playing the enforcer role is even more dangerous. But a player like Carcillo would've never been in the league if he didnt play that role. I wonder if 10 years ago he would've forgone millions to "save his brain".

Jeff T : So if I am at a gun range and I shoot someone with a gun and they shoot me back, can I then sue the gun range for not making me aware of the repercussions of shooting someone? At some point logic is a factor. I don't need to jump off of a building to know that it's going to hurt. Maybe push someone else off the building and sue the government for not teaching you that pushing people off of buildings is wrong.