How a Canadian campaign and the hockey community join together to fight mental illness

We often talk about mental toughness in the sports world. We harp on the abstract idea of the "will to win." We talk about visualizing success and then achieving it, of focusing solely on the task ahead and not letting any outside or unnecessary concerns get to us.What does it really mean to be mentally tough?In the sports world where physicality rules, toughness is visible. It's...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

#BellLetsTalk Resonates with Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rich Clune

You may have seen that it is the leading trend on Twitter today. Around this time of year, you will see tweets in your timeline, which read a simple #BellLetsTalk. If you all don’t know what it means, it is a phrase that has gotten the attention of not only tweeters around the entire world, but also athletes, political figures and celebrities. #BellLetsTalk raises awareness for...
Via The Sports Journal
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#BellLet’sTalk Day Garners Real Attention

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day, a Canadian day that supports mental health research and all of those stricken with mental health woes. Having battled mental health issues myself I can attest to the importance of such a day. Bell Let’s Talk day is garnering the most amount of attention in the NHL, where 52.2% of the players are of Canadian descent. Many players, such as Derek Boogaard...
Via The Sports Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Former enforcer Ewen died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

A day after former NHL tough guy Todd Ewen died, a Canadian television anchor reported Sunday that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Amanda Singroy of CTV tweeted that Ewen’s family indicated he had battled depression for years and that police are classifying Ewen’s death Saturday at age 49 as suicide. The tweets also indicated that Ewen illustrated and wrote children’s...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The NHL Needs a Peer Support Program

First, I recommend reading Mike Peluso's article that's in the Globe and Mail.Mike Peluso, The Globe and Mail -- The rewards did not last long. The altercations were brutal on our bodies, and I suffered at least 10 concussions from fighting. Probably many more. After some fights, I went to the wrong penalty box, only to be treated by doctors or trainers who asked me to name the...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL enforcers slowly vanishing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The NHL has seen a dramatic decline in fighting over the past several years. The website Hockeyfights.com says there were 143 fights through the first 408 games of the NHL season, which projects to 431 fights overall. That's a dramatic dip from 734 fights in 2008-09 and 714 fights in 2009-10. But the number of fights fell into the 500s in 2011-12 and the 400s last...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Winnipeg Jets Commemorate Rick Rypien, Raise Mental Health Awareness (Photo)

The Winnipeg Jets will all be wearing Rick Rypien jerseys when they take the ice for warmups before their game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Rypien, who spent six years in the Vancouver Canucks organization before signing a one-year deal with the Jets in 2011, never played a game with the Winnipeg club, but they certainly embrace him as one of their own. After...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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