RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes will host their third annual Hockey Talks game on Sunday, Jan. 31, when the team hosts the Dallas Stars at 5:00 p.m. The Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Talks to encourage conversations about mental health and reduce stigmas associated with mental illness. To help raise awareness & promote the importance of mental health, Hurricanes players will wear special Hockey Talks decals on their helmets during the game and will wear Hockey Talks t-shirts leading up to the game.
The Hurricanes will partner with the North Carolina affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and HopeLine for Hockey Talks. Both organizations provide information, resources and support to individuals and families affected by mental illness including crisis lines available via call or text.
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In conjunction with Hockey Talks, the Hurricanes will partner with the North Carolina Department of Justice, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the SBI, and the Raleigh Police Department for the third year in a row on Prescription Drug Take Back. Fans are encouraged to responsibly dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed at PNC Arena on Jan. 27, 28 & 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. outside of the PNC Arena Box Office. We ask fans to please practice social distancing and adhere to all city, county and state guidelines when dropping off any expired or no longer need prescription drugs.
Hockey Talks t-shirts will be available via CarolinaProShop.com. A portion of the proceeds of Hockey Talks t-shirt sales, along with the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation game-day auction will benefit the Canes Mental Health partner organizations inclusion NAMI NC, HopeLine, Foundation of Hope and Triangle Family Services. Player-worn t-shirts will also be auctioned off a later date with a portion of proceeds also going towards these organizations.