Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses head trauma and treatment

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"You can take my name off the Stanley Cup twice over. I can’t live like that anymore." Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo would have walked away from hockey if he knew of the damage he was doing to his brain. His focus now is on improving his mental health and helping others avoid a similar fate.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Deb Moore : As a nurse, I'm so proud that you're talking about this. I have your back! 💙

Joshua Platero : You're one of my favorite Chicago players...I'll be praying for your health and for your family.

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

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

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.

Rock Girl : Thank-you for sharing this Daniel. Good luck to you in your continued healing. Bless

DodgerFan1988 : 3:13 straight out of the movie "Concussion."

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, 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

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.

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 !

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 in the health care field and if anyone had any idea of working with an individual with a brain injury... it's heart wrenching.

Dominic Hawley : "You can take my name off the Stanley Cup twice over... I can't live like that anymore." I don't think anyone without a hockey "background" can understand the importance of the Stanley Cup and how meaningful this statement is.

Battle Duality : Going from a 'me' to a 'you' from the world's perspective is one's greatest challenge. Much love from Calgary Carbomb!

Dennis Leo : Go Filip Forsberg & the rest of my pred boyz

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

Cupidville : Full support Brave and truthful video Very educational video Informative as well

Fern Mccreary : Thanks for the seizure to whoever edited this

Wolfman Jack : Get well Daniel.     You are awesome.  Loved watching you play.

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.

Kristian Lavereau : Great job. Good luck man

J P : Listening to this while doing my brain injury exercises.

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.

Mike Sweet : You signed on the dotted line u knew what could happen and now your complaining.Played the sport all my life im 59 now i knew the risks.Hes a no class wanna be

Matthew Jay Evans : The league is screwing the players. Period. NHL just wake the fuck up and do something. Maybe we need to fire Gary Bettman? That would be a start. As Carcillo said at the end "I hate the NHL but I love hockey" That means a lot.

Mikeyybands🔋 : I really liked carcillo when he was a flyer but I hated him for other squads haha

TheHumanity! : We got a turd in the punch bowl.

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

nkmcfrln : And you still have players who don’t care about the consequences so...

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.

SpikeFlea : I love Carcillo, and I love hockey (played all my life). I personally think the NHL is rotten to the core in how it treats its players not only in terms of their health but also their careers. But all that being said, I have to wonder how much of Carcillo's problem stems from playing hockey, versus the fights he fought. I guess what I'm saying is he may be more a victim of the era in which he played, than the sport itself. And yeah, that's partly the NHL's fault. I do hope that the research he is involved with can make some breakthrough in CTE, and that hopefully it can apply to other aspects of dementia.

Doge : Paul kariya should be head of player safety

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

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

Loyalty1269 : I really enjoyed him when he was a flyer. Always willing to throw down. Crazy how a player as gritty as dan Carrillo is an advocate for head injuries. I agree with him 100% though. The Nincompoop Hockey League needs to take care of these guys

Brendan Kernaghan : hated Carcillo on the ice, but hate to see that he's going through this. hope he can recover from this for his family.

itsaBHthing : It's so sad to see these guys we admired as such badasses in this state :*(

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

Gary Alexander : What's a Canadian farm boy to do?..

ghytgb : The slow piano music almost gets ya huh😄. Oh Danny Boy you get traded to LA and you become a flakey phoney fool. How much did you get paid for this great acting job?

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.