Daniel Carcillo striving to prepare himself, others for life after hockey – Chicago Tribune

It wasn’t long ago when Daniel Carcillo would spend the latter part of his summers focused almost entirely on preparing to play another NHL season.

Things are different these days because with training camps set to open next month, Carcillo hasn’t laced up a pair of skates since helping the Blackhawks win the 2015 Stanley Cup. Despite being an unrestricted free agent, he isn’t even in contact with his agent.

“He called me the other day,” Carcillo said. “I’ll return his call soon. I’m not stressing out about it like I have in years past.”

At 30, Carcillo now has a different set of priorities, including being the best father he can be to his young son while also continuing his efforts to help NHL players make an often-difficult transition to post-playing life.

Carcillo has devoted much of his time and effort during the last two months to forming a not-for-profit organization called Chapter 5 that is in the early stages of developing a program to assist players after their hockey careers come to an end.

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