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Hockey Talks Marks 10th Anniversary of Rick Rypien's Mental Health Legacy

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Canucks will host their tenth annual Hockey Talks game on January 21st to encourage conversations around mental health. Hockey Talks is a program that was inspired by Rick Rypien, former Canucks and Jets forward, who tragically lost his battle with mental health issues in 2011. Today, several NHL clubs participate, sharing resources, stories and breaking the stigma about mental health issues. 

Since 2011 the Canucks and the Canucks for Kids Fund have donated more than $700,000 to support mental health programming in BC, including significant funding towards Foundrybc.ca (formerly mindcheck.ca). By donating to the Canucks for Kids Fund, fans have also helped support several Balancing Our Minds Youth Summits since 2016, reaching more than 10,000 students in communities around the province. Balancing Our Minds summits are youth-led events that help support student wellness, build mental health literacy, break down stigma, encourage early help-seeking and connect students to appropriate mental health resources and services.   

The Abbotsford Canucks are also proud to be holding a Hockey Talks game night on January 22nd against the San Diego Gulls. This marks the first ever Hockey Talks night in the American Hockey League (AHL) with other AHL clubs also participating this year.  

CANUCKS SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES  

  • Pregame, Canucks players will wear Hockey Talk hoodies and in-game they will feature helmet decals and new warm-up jerseys to show their support. The Hockey Talks hoodies will be sold in store and on vanbase.ca, as well warm-up jerseys will be auctioned on vanbase.ca. Proceeds from both will support FoundryBC.ca.  

  • A $20,000 donation has been made to Kids Help Phone on behalf of the Canucks for Kids Fund.    

#HOCKEYTALKS SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN 

  • 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. 

RESOURCES 

For those who would like to learn more about mental health, they are encouraged to reach out to a medical professional or visit canucks.com/hockeytalks for a wide variety of online mental health resources. 

21/22 PARTICIPATING CLUBS 

Seattle Jan 15 

Vancouver Jan 21 

Winnipeg Jan 25 

New Jersey Jan 25 

Carolina Jan 25 

Toronto Jan 26 

Washington Jan 26 

Tampa Bay Jan 27 

NY Islanders Jan 29 

Edmonton Mar 19 

Minnesota Mar 24 

Pittsburgh April 14 

Montreal TBD 

Calgary TBD 

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