RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes will host their inaugural Hockey Talks Day on Sunday, Feb. 3, when the team welcomes the Calgary Flames to PNC Arena at 2 p.m. The Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Talks Day to encourage conversations about mental health and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness.
The Hurricanes will partner with the North Carolina affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Hockey Talks Day. Representatives from NAMI and its affiliates will be on the concourse at PNC Arena to share information and provide resources to fans. NAMI representatives will participate in gameday experiences to highlight their efforts to provide essential education, advocacy and support to those affected by mental illness. For more information on NAMI's North Carolina affiliate, please visit www.naminc.org.
The Hockey Talks initiative began with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013, and the Hurricanes are one of 12 NHL teams that will host a Hockey Talks game this season. Hurricanes players will wear special Hockey Talks decals on their helmets during Sunday's game, and fans are encouraged to participate in the dialogue on social media using the hashtag #hockeytalks. A PSA featuring players from the 12 participating teams, including Hurricanes captain Justin Williams, will be featured in-game and on social media.