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Hockey Night in Canada podcast: Daniel Carcillo speaks out about 'disgusting' hockey culture

The Hockey Night In Canada podcast is a weekly CBC Sports production.

In each episode, host Rob Pizzo is joined by colourful characters within hockey to discuss great moments and great players and talk about today's stars. The Hockey Night podcast brings you beyond the boxscore with insight you won't find anywhere else.

On this week's episode, we discuss the hazing culture in hockey. Hazing has been a seemingly accepted part of hockey for decades now. But recently some disturbing stories have come into the public eye. Stories that involved abuse, bullying, and some horrible behaviour … all excused under the guise of "hazing."

The story involving students being hazed at St Michael's College School in Toronto got national attention. Then, former NHL player Dan Carcillo dropped a bomb Saturday on Twitter, saying that it was also prevalent during his time in the Ontario Hockey League.

Daniel Carcillo talks about the hazing experiences he went through in the OHL:

In this week's edition, Carcillo talks about trying to change the culture of hockey when it comes to hazing. 1:14

He talked about the abuse he and several other rookies endured during his rookie season in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting. The two-time Stanley Cup champion joins host Rob Pizzo and talks about what he went through during the 2002-03 season and why he decided to go public with his experiences. He also shares what he believes needs to be done to stop the abuse.

In her weekly Ice Level segment, Sophia Jurksztowicz talks to Carcillo's teammate in Sarnia, Dave Pszenyczny, about the abuse that he suffered. We also speak with CBC Sports' Jaime Strashin, who helped report on Carcillo's story. 

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