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Dan Carcillo On Steve Montador

from Dan Carcillo of The Players' Tribune,

It was early Sunday afternoon, and I was taking off my shoes in our players’ lounge when I kept hearing my phone buzz. Someone was calling repeatedly. I immediately got an uneasy, sick feeling when I looked at the screen and saw who was calling. It was my close friend Missy. She was hysterical.

“Steve’s gone,” she said.

My best friend in hockey, Steve Montador, was found dead in his home at age 35. Steve was a 12-year NHL vet who battled addiction at certain points in his career before getting sober. Since he walked away from the game due to concussions in 2013, he was struggling to figure out what to do next. But I was still in complete shock and disbelief. For some reason, I started getting dressed for the pre-game skate. As a hockey player, you’re just taught to push through the pain, no matter what. I started putting on my skates when I glanced across the room and saw the stall Monty used to sit in when we played together. I heard his deep, hearty laugh.

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added 2:41pm, video of Carcillo on Montador is below, also in the article.

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

What a tragic story…...

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/15 at 01:23 PM ET

CaliforniaPuck31's avatar

Carcillo is one of those guys I love to hate on the rink, but damn did this earn him a ton of respect from me. The Players Tribune has quickly become one of my favorites

Posted by CaliforniaPuck31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 04/22/15 at 04:16 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

That was a fantastic article.  It took a hell of a lot of courage for him to open up like that.  I truly hope that it makes a difference for other NHLers who are having similar sorts of issues.

I applaud him for doing this.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 04/23/15 at 07:19 AM ET

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