The Canes started their support for the initiative on Jan. 30, after facing a Canadian team at home in the Ottawa Senators. Carolina is just one of numerous NHL teams that’re showing support for the cause today. The Kings, Minnesota Wild, and Buffalo Sabres contributed to Bell’s donation.
This day also touched home for some current and former NHL players. Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs saw their tweets get a few thousand people retweeting them later. Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger also spoke out about his story with TSN.
TSN’s James Duthie also shared all the methods where Bell will donate five cents to mental health groups and organizations. As a result of all this awareness in 2017, Bell ended up with $7 million in donations to mental illness groups and also saw more than 700 billion social interactions that opened up the discussion on this important issue.
From the Canes themselves, rookie defenseman Haydn Fleury sent out a tweet that gained some steam from support all around the league. A few other Twitter pages that support the Canes showed their backing for the cause.