RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes will host their second annual Hockey Talks game, presented by Relias, on Friday, Jan. 31, when the team hosts the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:30 p.m. The Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Talks to encourage conversations about mental health and reduce stigmas associated with mental illness. 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 will be on the concourse to share information and provide resources to fans. In addition, representatives from NAMI and HopeLine will participate in gameday experiences to highlight their efforts and work in providing mental health support.
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 second year in a row on Prescription Drug Take Back Night on Friday. Fans are encouraged to responsibly dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed at PNC Arena prior to puck drop. Drop-offs for safe disposal will be located at the South, East, West and VIP entrances of PNC Arena.
Fans can show their support by pledging to start conversations about mental health and reduce stigmas about mental illness by clicking here. By pledging, fans will be entered to win four tickets to a Hurricanes game, a post-game meet and greet with Hurricanes players, and other autographed items. In addition, fans can share positive, affirming messages during the game at section 108 on the Hockey Talks Wall of Encouragement.
A special ticket offer for Hockey Talks will include a ticket to the January 31 game and a Hockey Talks t-shirt. Ticket packages can be purchased at www.CanesGroups.com/HockeyTalks. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit NAMI NC and HopeLine.