Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses head trauma and treatment | The Players’ Tribune

Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses head trauma and treatment | The Players’ Tribune


– It’s scary. Like what’s the point? What’s the point of playing
professional sports? It’s supposed to be
for memories, you know? If you can’t remember that anymore it’s really scary. We’re in Florida. Orlando, Florida. I’m getting personal
treatment for the head traumas that I sustained while playing in the NHL. I needed to come here because
my speech was being slurred. Every month or every week,
every day that went by, the sun hurt my eyes more and more. I was having headaches, problems sleeping, more mood swings, depression, anxiety. Flip a coin the night
before I went to bed, and I wouldn’t know how I’d
wake up the next morning. It’s not an easy proposition for a man with pride and ego to come here and assess the state of my brain, especially with a
three-and-a-half-year-old son, a year-old daughter and
another daughter on the way. The quality of life that
repetitive traumatic brain injuries rob from you is…. I would give back all of my money, I would give back all of the time. You can take my name off
the Stanley Cup twice over. I can’t live like that anymore. You know, I just can’t. – This is really working
to kind of recalibrate your brain’s perception of how you stand and how you occupy each space. – Alzheimer’s, dementia,
Parkinson’s disease, you’re 80% more likely
to contract those three – those three diseases – if you
have three or more concussions. That’s f***in’ scary. I’d be scared if I was
still playing in the NHL, if I was Sidney Crosby, if I
was any one of those young kids. I wish that I had been
given the information that was withheld from me
while I played in the NHL. And I can’t lay my head on the bed when I see injustice and
I see people being treated in the same manner as my friend, Steve Montador, had been treated. I’m the type of person
that when I see injustice I need to act, and I need
to hold people accountable. The truth. Tell the f***in’ truth. The people who are running the NHL and the NHLPA right now need to step up and take care of the best athletes in the world, the best hockey players in the world. Build a Brain Plasticity Center, and if a NHL player gets
hurt send him there. You’ll get a better athlete back. You’ll have less man-games lost, and everybody wins. There’s no way that an athletic therapist or an orthopedic surgeon
should be touching our heads. In my experience, they
cannot properly diagnose a traumatic brain injury, and they cannot properly build
you a program accordingly to make new neurological pathways
around those dead neurons. This is how you treat it. This is how it’s diagnosed. And this is real treatment. And hopefully this can
circumvent early-onset dementia, early-onset Alzheimer’s,
Parkinson’s disease. The stats aren’t flattering. The research isn’t flattering. But I think if you have hope, and you do the work, that you can stave that off. I really … I believe that. I don’t want somebody else
to be in this position, you know? You have a lot more years to
live after professional sports. And I’m starting to
feel like myself again, and my personality’s coming back. I’m able to sleep. My sensitivity to light has vanished. Yeah, I fought. And I played the game very hard. And yes, I gave out many
traumatic brain injuries. I also sustained many. My son is three-and-a-half
years old right now. He’ll see my fight videos on YouTube, but he’ll also see these
Players’ Tribune videos. And hopefully that will educate him in the risks of the job that I did. No, I don’t love the NHL. I love the game of hockey.

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100 thoughts on “Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses head trauma and treatment | The Players’ Tribune”

  • Colleen Herbst says:

    Daniel Carcillo everything you said in this video is accurate about 3 or more concussions and the potential of other brain conditions down the road. There is a lot you can do to turn this statistic around and it look likes you are working on this. There is no way to sugar coat TBI or the softer word concussion. There is not a clear cut way to diagnosis or treatment to recovery. I found that understanding neuro pathways and the power of neuro-plasiticity can change our destiny, yours too just like did. My TBI is an epic story of an epic injury and the hard fought long journey back to my life. I agree more needs to be done at the NHL level and more stories of hope need to be heard too. Reach out if you want to see what it took, if I turned it around so can you.

  • 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

  • Brendan Kernaghan says:

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

  • 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!!!!!

  • Theres a possibility of anything happening to you in the job you do. You got paid millions. People make a lot less and possibly the side effects of the job are much worse. It happens. Fuck off with your accountability. Try fighting for mine workers or people who work nights or with chemicals, it goes on and on. Try going through that poor and not being able to get the right treatment. You dont need to make this video for yourself. Selfish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nicholas Pietrzak says:

    Had some bad head injuries. My worst was playing rugby. I feel what you're going through. I have a seizure disorder as a result of it.

  • Citizenshane81 says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • He's lucky to be getting this kind of treatment here in Canada I was hit from a lady who ran a red light woke up on the side of the road. nearly 10 months later insurance cuts you off they want you back to work. I have the same symptoms our health system here in Canada is a joke.

  • I recently have been experiencing some unexplainable symptoms and the doctors are just now starting to think it's also from a TBI. He told me about your battle and I came here to check it out for myself. Seeing someone like you go through this makes it a little less terrifying for me. Wish you the best and I hope for a full recovery for the both of us and anyone else who is also suffering through this.

  • NothingToPointOut24 says:

    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".

  • That was touching……needed to be said…..and informative. Wake up NHL…… CTE is real…..pro sports needs to wake up. AFter losing my friend JR Seau…..i just can't see sports the same anymore. Hockey is my favorite sport that i play and LOVE……and for a player like Daniel to say "You can take my name off the Stanley Cup twice over. I can’t live like that anymore."….WOW GREAT PIECE!!!!!! HOCKEY RULES……(the game)

  • AttilatheThrilla says:

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

  • Battle Duality says:

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

  • Home is Neptune says:

    I'm a mechanic for a living…5 days a week I destroy my body doing something that make me miserable so I can pay the bills… I understand where your coming from….but at least you ruined your doing what you love

  • 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.

  • David G Draper says:

    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.

  • Rocco Anthony says:

    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.

  • WahWahWah You were one of the dirtiest players that took every opportunity to deliver illegal checks, hits to the heads of others, and even sucker punches. You choose to play dirty and this is what you get! You were the aggressor and now playing victim. Typical POS! You are quoted that you'd give it all back? LIAR! You haven't even donated 10% of your NHL earnings TO ANY CAUSE so stop LYING! You were part of the problem. Since you didn't have world-class skills, you attempted to injure those that did. Get off your high horse, and take responsibility for your own actions and stop blaming others. Pure Trash!

  • Nikko Dutra Bouck says:

    I hope you make a full recovery and someone probably already told you the following:
    Here is some Research on brain injuries that talk about increasing omega-3s, cardiovascular exercise, and oxygen to increase neurological pathway repair.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225186/
    I am not a scientist in this field however anyone can lookup research like this at a university library and become better educated on how to recover from trauma. Some doctors don't take the time to be on the cutting edge of research simply because they have to many patients.

  • 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.

  • This looks like really expensive treatment.  I have TBI and could never afford this treatment or actually any treatment.

  • branwithoutclaws says:

    It's pretty cool that he's offering a potential solution or at the very least more appropriate treatment.

  • No Here Kruger says:

    You fuckers dont play for memories, you play for giant ass fucking paychecks. If you dont realize this shit is fucking dangerous, then yo're already brain damaged. No one held a gun to your head and told you to play pro sports.

  • And the Oscar goes to the cheapest player in the league Danny Boy Carcillio. Look at how he stares, pauses, raises his eyebrows and says ummm to try to get you to believe him. Fuck you Danny!

  • 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?

  • 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

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • Rita Doucet - Canada says:

    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.

  • Earz To The Streetz says:

    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 !

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I think he's speaking out of his ass on all this abuse and trauma bullshit. He has underlying mental issues that the media is lapping up like the thirsty dogs they are.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stop the cry baby act. You played a child's game for money. If you sold your "purity" for a game and money, that's on you. Why are people giving pro athletes sympathy for things they weren't forced to do. He could of quit and worked a normal 9-5 like the rest of us. Now he's going to come out to cry and tell secrets. It's a joke. Looks like a cry for attention if you ask me. Fuck we used to have to run naked miles in midget hockey and do planks with our Dicks put in cold water glasses. In front of the whole party. Girls included. No one got hurt and it was jokes. This guy is sensitive.

  • He loved the game of hockey and he loved the fat checks. He would give all the money back? That's funny. He just didn't manage his money well. I bet he met his hot wife through hockey as well. His whole life is based on what he made in the NHL. Nobody put a gun to his head and told him to fight. If he would give it all away now, why didn't he do it back then? Are you telling me he had no idea it could cause brain damage. Go watch how many boxers got brain damage from being punched in the head and that's with 8 oz gloves. Hockey fights are bare knuckle. This is not a new problem. He made his money, probably blew it all on a variety of recreational things and is now hoping to get on the list with the other players suing the NHL. Do I feel bad for him? A bit but he knew dam well what he was signing up for and he seems to be pretty functional. I played 3 semi-pro hockey games and got in 5 fights at $50 a fight. Did I sue the league for having memory loss? No, I accomplished what I wanted to do and got out. Stop whining, find a job you're good at stop looking for attention. Nobody will hold your hand. I do feel bad for Steve Montador but c'mon man. If you want to pay tribute to your friend, open up a place where former players can talk with eachother about their problems and struggles like an A.A. charity group. Just my opinion and I did love this guy as a player.

  • I have cte symptoms from multiple concussions. The players do need medical help – especially the older guys who played a much more physical game with terrible care regarding concussions. But for arguably the dirtiest player of his generation, Dan Carcillo, to be telling the world that he's some beacon of moral virtue is embarrassing. This guy's also literally crying about the hazing in the lower ranks but said nothing when it was the meaningful time – he was too busy focusing on the wealth and fame while throwing cheap shots every game. Stop crying Carcillo, you earned your shitty reputation and the players need a better example of a figurehead than you. I think you never loved hockey, you just still love any attention you can get now, knowing you were a below average and dirty player who's career is long since gone. Not unlike a trouble making kid from grade school. You get what you give, fool.

  • centsless fabrication says:

    I have CTE myself and the last 2 years my symptoms have been progressing getting worse and I would rather break 6 in my neck and 15 in my back again in a horrible wreak then go through the symptoms I go through everyday and I'm 31 year's old. Because of my CTE I have lost everything important in my life my wife and 2 boys. I didn't play hockey or have the funds to even see a specialist to get help for myself. Everyday is different from the next but I'm only getting worse and it's horrible. I feel like a drug addict with no way to get better.

  • Most comments criticising Carcillo miss the point. I grew up playing hockey. I wasn't any good to come anywhere near juniors, let alone pro, but I had a very big, very tall friend that did. The sport pushed him to be an enforcer, to fight. He was the nicest guy you could ever meet, but as he moved up juniors and semi-pro leagues, he either had to drop the gloves or hang up his skates.

  • Carla Hockeymomx2 says:

    Showing these videos to my kids. Hope you make a full recovery. My kid took off his helmet on the bench today and took a puck in the temple. I’m trying to teach him all I can about how to save what’s inside his head!

  • EliteLegendary HD says:

    I have a friend that 18 and has had concussions and there would be times he would leave for the season and come back a different person, you have out of body expiences and when you have that happen to you multiple times that means your body kinda died like however many times you’ve had out of body’s, it’s not healthy or worth it, you make money yeah and people know your name but there’s more to life then that

  • Andre Radzichovsky says:

    This guy is a legend and has biggest balls to stand up for what he has been thur. I love hockey also too me it's the greatest game on are planet. I think it's time that north American hockey too change the way they pkay the game. Get rid of fighting and hits too the head, too many great players have had the careers ended in cheap shots. We should adopt European style of playing hockey here in no. America focusing on offense. Cte is real and it does not go away, and too hear stories like this one is real heart breaking. Bettman is a fucking piece of shit and should be kick out on his ass.

  • Cte sucks I'm living with it now. I played tackle football from 9 through highschool and got my first concussion at 10. In my 20s I did mma for 3 years. I'm 35 now and I have had around 10 real concussions a few back to back with idk how many mild or "minor"…….. My short term memory is getting away from me and I find myself confused about really simple stuff sometimes. I have dramatic mood swings and often think of suicide. I do my best to hide it but sometimes it's not possible. My wife is worried sick and we are trying to minimize the symptoms. I really hope I can make it long enough to see my 9 year old son grow up and become a man. He wants to play football and fight like his dad…….. I'm too afraid to tell him the real reason we won't let him play tackle football.

    Some days I'm ok but then from out of nowhere I'll start to feel angry or sad. A heartfelt commercial will make me cry. I've done well so far not to let it affect my family but it's getting harder. I hope someone can figure out a viable treatment because everything we have tried hasn't worked and it's very expensive.
    If I could go back and talk to my younger self I would say not to worry about being the tough guy and protect your fucking head dipshit.
    If anyone reads this and is actively competing after a concussion or two or three……. Stop! It's just not worth it!
    What is my son going to do take all my trophies to his wedding and put em in a chair…. because I might have litteraly killed myself earning them.

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe concussions exist in the game of hockey. He has denied everything like the slick SOB that he is.

  • Commentindica 420 says:

    I broke my skull in rugby i didnt went to the doctors after 9 or 10 weeks everything change your life ruin cant refix it just shit because its hard to deal with Tbi i end up having ocd and mude swings i use medical use of weed and thc to treat the pain witch helps bring back my braincell reduse the migraine headache

  • Jordan Perepolkin says:

    I have Unbelievable passions for mental health as I have it and I love hockey and real people so perfect combo but my perfect combo is hickey ocd broadcasting Corey hirsch lehner etc… so many and the brain is complex and I am me but I feel I’m a brain

  • No one made him play. He did it out of greed and laziness. He wanted fame and fortune, and was unable to get a real education and make it in another profession. That's on you bud. Contributing members of society don't have CTE. Enjoy your millions playing a fucking game, while I enjoy cognitive thoughts and memories and work for a living.

  • I've lived with post concussion syndrome (PCS) for 5 years now, spent thousands of dollars and endless hours sitting in a dark quiet room. These days I find satisfaction in small victories and achievements, mainly spending time with my 6 year old daughter. I encourage people with PCS to stand up and bring a voice like Daniel. You don't have to be a sports professional to have PCS, the two most common ways to get concussions or PCS is by falling or car accidents. Most of us live in silence. Like Daniel, you can strip me of my profession, money and belongings. The most important thing I've learned living with this is time is so important. If you have it spend time with people who want to understand and who are living with PCS – its therapeutic.

  • What was the N.H.L. supposed to know that anyone with A half A brain(no pun intended)should know, you people make it sound like the N.H.L. has been t wisting their long, greasy, moustache laughing away behind the scenes, it's like smoking, really all those years people didn't even have the slightest inkling that coughing their lungs up every morning wasn't good? You bodychecked or punched in your career uou get A couple concusions, you can't figure out as the more uou get the worse things are probably going to get, shit I think common sense tells you that. And another thing I think Besides the cheap shots guys aren't protecting themselves the way they used to, it's great entertainment and I love it but these never tie up and their always swinging for the fences, I've scene more K.O.s in the last 15 to20yrs. Than I have in the whole of my life. I've been watching Hockey since the late 70's and most people would agree those guys were tougher but they don't suffer from these concusions symptoms, they wete great fighters but they also knew how important it was to protect yourself. I think A lot of these recently have played to reckless, hell I love watching guys take each others heads off believe me, the game is lame without that aggresion, I just can't believe you can blame the N.HL. for something you know could happen, to me it's simple common sense, and yes, I've played hockey(contact) half my life.

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