ARLINGTON, VA – The Washington Capitals will host their fourth Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Recreation in partnership with MedStar Well being on Jan. 13 vs. the New York Rangers. Hockey Talks is an initiative that focuses on selling psychological well being and wellness and encourages groups to make use of their platform to proceed the dialog and share assets across the subject.
In collaboration with Morgan’s Message, a company centered on student-athletes and psychological well being, the Capitals are internet hosting Faceoff for Psychological Wellness, a pre-game dialog surrounding psychological well being for student-athletes affiliated with Morgan’s Message. The mission of Morgan’s Message is to amplify tales, assets and experience to strengthen student-athlete psychological well being, construct a group by and for athletes via peer-to-peer conversations and to supply a platform for advocacy. The dialog will characteristic breakout conversations with 60 student-athletes from native excessive colleges and faculties throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The Capitals additionally teamed up with Shoulder Check on messaging and content material. Shoulder Test was based in honor of Hayden Thorsen by his father and is an #HT40 initiative inspiring younger women and men to decide to supporting each other via small acts which have a huge impact – to point out them that ‘being there’ is so simple as a hand on a shoulder. A Shoulder Test is reaching out, checking in and making contact on and off the ice.
Particular T-shirts and lengthy sleeve shirts, with choose kinds of Hockey Talks phrases will beavailable at Workforce Retailer at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and a choose model shall be out there at theCapital One Area Workforce retailer, with a portion of the proceeds from gross sales benefitting Shoulder Test.
As well as, proceeds from the Jan. 13 50/50 Raffle will profit Shoulder Test. Followers can take part in MSE Basis’s 50/50 raffle in any respect Capitals residence video games by buying tickets on-line or in-arena at 50/50 raffle kiosks at Sections 106 and 120 or from roving sellers. Raffle proceeds immediately help Basis programming and occasions benefiting D.C.-area nonprofits and group companions.
Tickets are bought within the following increments: 10 tickets for $10, 40 tickets for $20, 100 tickets for $40 and 300 tickets for $100. For extra data and to buy tickets on-line,go to Monumental5050.com.
Capitals in-game messaging and social media will characteristic content material pertaining to psychological well being, together with recognitions of Morgan’s Message and Shoulder Test. MedStar Well being’s Doctor Government Director for Behavioral Well being, Dr. Steven Epstein, will take part in a pregame in-arena Caps Countdown interview, whereas info and trivia graphics will characteristic psychological well being associated data courtesy of MedStar Well being. Intermission options will spotlight how Capitals gamers decompress, give attention to psychological wellness and extra surrounding psychological well being.
There can even be an data desk on the 100- and 400-level concourse. Followers are inspired to go to the desk for assets and for the chance to fill out a Hockey Talks sign up help of psychological well being consciousness.
Followers can be part of the dialog on-line utilizing the hashtag #HockeyTalks. For extra data on the initiatives, go to washcaps.com/hockeytalks.
The Hockey Talks psychological well being consciousness initiative started in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks participant Rick Rypien in 2011. Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a good friend. Rick’s want was to help others and assist cut back the stigma related to psychological sickness by being a spokesperson for this difficulty. The Capitals first Hockey Talks Psychological Well being Consciousness Night time occurred in 2020.