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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild, in partnership with Securian, hosted its 3rd Annual Hockey Talks pregame program on March 28 in advance of the Wild-Sharks game that night. Hockey Talks is a program intended to shine a light on mental health. KFAN’s Chris Hawkey along with John Kriesel, a Purple Heart recipient and motivational speaker, were the featured speakers. Both Chris and John shared personal stories about their own struggles with mental health.

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Over 200 fans attended the pregame program, including a group of high school students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and over 20 members of the Minnesota Warriors ice hockey team. Following the testimonials from Chris and John, attendees were encouraged to ask questions of the speakers. Many nonprofits who focus on mental health were also in attendance, including The Ranch – Teammates For Life. The dream of 1980 Olympic gold medalist, Mark Pavelich, The Ranch offers a healthy, therapeutic, and supportive environment for those affected by mental illness and brain disorders.