Chicago Wolves players will wear exclusive Mental Health Awareness jerseys, presented by Campfire Marshmallows, when they host the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, Jan. 28 and the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday, Jan. 29.
These commemorative jerseys will be available to own through a variety of initiatives with proceeds benefitting mental health awareness-related charities and Chicago Wolves Charities, driven by Kia.
Wolves forwards Ryan Dzingel, Jack Drury, Mackenzie MacEachern and Brendan Perlini, goalie Pyotr Kochetkov, as well as mascot Skates, will have a different jersey for each of the two games. Having multiple jerseys enables the Wolves and their fans to maximize their support of these important charities and their invaluable work.
These jerseys will be available for auction and raffle in the following ways:
One of Wolves forward Brendan Perlini’s Mental Health Awareness jerseys will be available via the Golden Raffle Ticket. There are 50 raffle tickets available for $50 per ticket. This means each ticket has a 1-in-50 chance of being selected. The Golden Raffle Ticket sale begins Jan. 19 at ChicagoWolvesStore.com/charity
Golden Raffle Tickets will also be available at the games on Jan. 28 and 29, at the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105 – if they haven’t already sold-out online. The raffle tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The raffle concludes at the end of the second intermission on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Five Mental Health Awareness jerseys will be available via blind auction. The process is easy: simply bid the highest amount you are willing to pay for a specific jersey and the highest bid submitted for each jersey by 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 will be the winner. The minimum bid is $275, and no one will know what others are bidding.
Jerseys for forwards Ryan Dzingel, Jack Drury and Mackenzie MacEachern, goalie Pytor Kochetkov, as well as mascot Skates will be available in this blind auction. The blind auction can be entered online and at Allstate Arena. The online portion of the blind auction opens Thursday, Jan. 19. To bid in-arena, pick up a blind auction form at the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105 at the games on Jan. 28 and 29.
A silent auction will be held for all remaining Mental Health Awareness jerseys, including Wolves legends Bob Nardella, Steve Maltais, Gene Ubriaco and Billy Gardner. The silent auction can be entered online and at Allstate Arena. The online portion of the silent auction opens Thursday, Jan. 19 and closes Friday, Jan. 27 at noon. Place a bid on your favorite player’s jersey at the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105. Bidding in-arena begins on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m., and concludes at the end of the second intermission on Sunday, Jan. 29.
The Wolves are working with five local, mental health awareness-related charities: Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors, Canine Therapy Corps, Erika’s Lighthouse, Paws for Patrick and Same Here.
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors provides healing and compassionate support during the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of suicide, by helping people go beyond just surviving, to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Canine Therapy Corps empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well being by harnessing the human-animal bond.
Erika’s Lighthouse educates and raises awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Paws for Patrick connects young people with Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs to aid them as they live with mental illness.
Same Here normalizes society’s perception of mental health and makes it part of our everyday conversation.
Hockey Talks is an annual National Hockey League initiative that focuses on promoting mental health and wellness, as well as sharing resources. It was inspired by former Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien, who tragically lost his battle with mental health challenges in 2011.
The Chicago Wolves are the third American Hockey League franchise to participate in the Hockey Talks initiative. The Chicago Wolves are dedicated to breaking the stigma and creating an open dialogue surrounding mental health. Wolves fans are encouraged to participate in the Hockey Talks initiative on social media to help break the stigma and spread awareness about mental health using the hashtags #HockeyTalks and #MentalHealthAwareness
MENTAL HEALTH STATS AND FACTS
- “Mental health” is a concept similar to “physical health”. It refers to a state of well-being. Mental health includes our emotions, feelings of connection to others, our thoughts and feelings, and being able to manage life’s highs and lows.
- Mental illnesses are caused by a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors
- The presence or absence of a mental illness is not a predictor of mental health; someone without a mental illness could have poor mental health, just as a person with a mental illness could have excellent mental health.
- 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness
- 1 in 20 US adults experience serious mental illness
- 17% of youth (6-17 years) experience a mental health disorder
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
- Just one trusted adult can reduce suicide in teens by 40%
- Depression expresses itself differently in different people
- Depression education is suicide prevention
- If your child is experiencing depression, the whole family is experiencing depression
- A person with depression needs support teams
- You are not alone, there is hope