1. Healing Ice: Dan Carcillo's Journey from the NHL to Advocate, Episode #179 Larry Sprung, Mitlin Financial, Dan Carcillo 39:59

Daniel Carcillo, known as “Car Bomb” during his professional ice hockey career, is a former NHL player turned mental health advocate and entrepreneur. Carcillo’s journey has taken him from the rink to a powerful voice for mental health awareness and player safety.

Dan’s hockey career spanned 10 seasons, during which he played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Rangers. Known for his gritty playing style and physicality, he played a crucial role in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championship victories, showcasing his versatility as both an enforcer and a skilled player.

Following his Retirement from professional hockey, Carcillo embarked on a new mission to bring attention to the mental health challenges faced by athletes, particularly in the hockey community after suffering from concussion-related symptoms. 

Through working with foundations like No Fallen Heroes, he has worked tirelessly to provide resources, education, and support for individuals navigating mental health challenges, including athletes and veterans.

Carcillo has been a prominent figure in speaking out against the toxic culture within professional hockey. His courage in sharing his own struggles has ignited conversations and spurred positive changes within the sport.

Listen in for some great takeaways about Dan’s journey from hockey enforcer to mental health advocate and his burning passion for creating positive change while trying to create a supportive environment within the world of sports. 

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • Learn who Daniel Carcillo is (and what he’s passionate about) [3:54] 
  • Daniel’s experience playing in the NHL [9:05]
  • Why Daniel stepped forward to address brain health [12:13]
  • The abuse Daniel endured during his Junior hockey days [17:05] 
  • Get your copy of “Financial Planning Made Personal” [19:59] 
  • What Daniel wishes young men suffering abuse knew [23:54]
  • How do we get more young people to be upstanders? [27:23] 
  • What Daniel thinks the future of hockey looks like [31:17] 
  • What Daniel did today that put him in the mindset for success [33:10] 

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Lawrence “Larry” Sprung, CFP® is a husband, father, entrepreneur and mental health advocate.

Larry is the author of the Amazon Bestselling book “Financial Planning Made Personal” and the also host of the Mitlin Money Mindset™ a podcast that reminds you to ask yourself “What did you do today that brought you joy?®”

In 2004 he founded Mitlin Financial, Inc. naming the firm memory of Larry’s wife’s grandfather, Mitchell, and his mother, Linda. During his career, Larry has found that a lot of industry terms and concepts can seem confusing to outsiders. That’s why he works with the families he serves to break down complex financial topics into easy-to-understand concepts.

In recognition of Larry’s significant contributions to his profession, he has received quite a few awards. In 2021, Larry was named to the Investopedia 100 Top Advisors in 2021 and was even more humbled to make their Top Ten list for 2022.

Outside the office, one of Larry’s greatest passions is raising awareness for mental health. He spent over 12 years serving on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its financial and investment committees. With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $1.7 million for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created in memory of his brother-in-law.

Larry values his family tremendously and his desire to do right by his wife and two sons drives who he is in and out of the office.