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Canucks to Host Hockey Talks on Jan. 16th

…15 NHL clubs to host a Hockey Talks night this season

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Canucks will host their seventh annual Hockey Talks game on January 16, 2020. The Canucks will dedicate this game night to conversations about mental health and offer fans the opportunity to get involved through social media.

The Canucks Hockey Talks initiative is part of an effort with 15 NHL clubs where each will dedicate one of their game nights from January 5 to March 11 to bring awareness to mental health, provide information from experts, and alleviate some of the misconceptions and stigma associated with mental illness.

Hockey Talks Game Nights:

Home Visitor Date
Pittsburgh Penguins Florida Panthers January 5, 2020
New York Islanders Boston Bruins January 11, 2020
Arizona Coyotes San Jose Sharks January 14, 2020
Washington Capitals New Jersey Devils January 16, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs Calgary Flames  January 16, 2020
Vancouver Canucks Arizona Coyotes January 16, 2020
Edmonton Oilers Arizona Coyotes  January 18, 2020
Montreal Canadiens Washington Capitals January 27, 2020
Winnipeg Jets Boston Bruins January 31, 2020
Carolina Hurricanes Vegas Golden Knights  January 31, 2020
Calgary Flames  Nashville Predators February 6, 2020
Ottawa Senators Colorado Avalanche February 6, 2020
New Jersey Devils San Jose Sharks  February 20, 2020
Colorado Avalance New York Rangers  March 11, 2020
Minnesota Wild  TBD  TBD



The Canucks will host Wes Rypien and his son Luke as part of a ceremonial puck drop, representing the start and evolution of the #HockeyTalks movement in support of mental health.

On January 16, BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions staff will be on the concourse at Section 101 to share information about how fans can support their families, peer groups and communities by having courageous conversations. Stop Overdose BC Ambassador, Kirk McLean will be at the Ministry table helping to hand out prizes and resources. Learn more at

In addition, representatives from Foundry and Canadian Mental Health Association will be sharing information with our fans in the Community Corner at Section 111.

The Canucks, in partnership with, will support six "Balancing Our Minds" events youth mental health summits around BC this spring.

For those in BC who would like to learn more about mental health, they are encouraged to reach out to a medical professional and visit a wide variety of online resources, which include:



Fans are encouraged to share personal messages and messages of support to create an atmosphere of open dialogue and awareness about mental health using the hashtag #HockeyTalks.

 Video: Break the silence.


  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem. *1
  • 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence. *2
  • Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. *3,*4,*5
  • A growing body of international evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiatives show positive returns on investment in this health sector. *4,*6
  • In 2012, about 38% of Canadians had at least one family member with a mental health problem; of those, about 35% reported that these problems had affected their time, energy, emotions, finances or daily activities. People who were affected by a family member's mental health experienced stress and symptoms of mental health problems themselves; and about 62% reported that their family member's problem had caused them to become worried, anxious or depressed.*7


  1. Smetanin et al (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041.
  2. Government of Canada (2006). The human face of mental health and mental illness in Canada.
  3. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2015). Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, 2013.
  4. Mental Health Commission of Canada (2014). Why investing in mental health will contribute to Canada's economic prosperity and to the sustainability of our health care system.
  5. Lim et al (2008). A new population-based measure of the burden of mental illness in Canada.
  6. Canadian Policy Network (2011). Return on investment: Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.
  7. 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health (CCHS-MH)
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