The Swift Current Broncos will play their first home game in nearly two weeks when they welcome the Lethbridge Hurricanes to Innovationplex tonight.
The Broncos are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday and are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Swift Current is tied with Lethbridge for sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Tonight is also the Broncos' "Talk Today" game, which highlights a decade-long partnership between the WHL and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Talk Today was created in 2014 to help address the mental health needs of hockey players and other athletes across Canada.
"It's just a way for us to break the stigma of talking about mental health and talking about the importance of speaking up and not feeling alone, especially for these players that are going through their careers at every level," said Mat Barrett, the Broncos' Broadcast and Community Relations Manager. "It's important for us to partner with the CMHA here in Swift Current and try and talk a little bit about mental healt and the importance of keeping track of it and being aware of it."
Nearly 8600 people across Canada have received mental health and suicide awareness training through the Talk Today program since 2014, which include athletes, coaches, team staff, billets and parents.
Staff from the CMHA Swift Current Branch will be set up in the lobby to give fans a chance to learn more about the organization and mental health, and there will be video messages throughout the game with players from the Broncos talking about the importance of mental health.
Tonight's game starts at 7:00pm and you can hear it live on Country 94.1 FM with Redhead Equipment Case IH Broncos Hockey starting at 6:45pm.