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On Nov. 9, Carey Price — the Habs’ beloved goaltender — bravely announced via his Instagram account that he had been treated for substance abuse, and that he was taking a break to tend to his mental health.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) retreats deep in to his net after stopping a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the Stanley Cup finals, game 4, in Montreal on Monday, July 5, 2021. On Nov. 9, he announced that he had been treated for substance abuse, and that he was taking a break to tend to his mental health. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) retreats deep in to his net after stopping a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the Stanley Cup finals, game 4, in Montreal on Monday, July 5, 2021. On Nov. 9, he announced that he had been treated for substance abuse, and that he was taking a break to tend to his mental health.

Thirty years earlier, almost to the day, basketball superstar Magic Johnson announced that he was retiring — at the height of his career — from the storied Los Angeles Lakers and from the National Basketball Association altogether, because of the HIV virus he had contracted. The news had the effect of a bomb, and like Johnson, it transcended sports.

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As soon as David Stern — then the NBA’s commissioner —  learned about Johnson’s condition, before it was made public, he had pored over all sorts of documentation on HIV/AIDS. He sought the counsel of doctors who had studied the virus and surrounded himself with advocates. He became an ally, notably by encouraging Johnson to continue playing, thus setting the tone for a league that was initially reluctant to let one of its biggest ambassadors suit up again. Stern organized sessions to educate players, staff and investors alike about the virus, shaping how both a generation and an industry would handle one of the decade’s deadliest ailments.

Whatever the sports industry does has societal implications; its leadership has a duty not to ignore the responsibilities such influence brings.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens are the three most valuable teams in the National Hockey League, together worth just over $5 billion. The average NHL team has a value of $930 million. These are well-to-do corporations and their players are employees, first and foremost. In Canada, a pproximately 21 per cent of the working population is experiencing mental health problems and illness, things are similar in the U.S. Studies, i ncluding one in Harvard’s Business Review in 2019, show that we want employers to talk about mental health and we want CEOs to buttress two pillars in the fight for mental wellness: education and support. In addition, consumers increasingly trust brands that take a stand on societal issues.

In 2013, the NHL launched Hockey Talks, inspired by former player Rick Rypien, who died by suicide in 2011, with the objective of breaking the stigma around mental health issues. It’s a commendable and important effort, but it remains timid. The collective gut check forced by Price’s revelations seems like a perfect time for the NHL to amplify its efforts to make mental wellness a priority.

What the Puck: Canadiens' struggles take back seat to Price's battle

  What the Puck: Canadiens' struggles take back seat to Price's battle Carey, we hardly know you. Carey Price has defined the Montreal Canadiens franchise since he was drafted fifth overall in the NHL Entry Draft in 2005 and soon thereafter was proclaimed by then-GM Bob Gainey as the saviour of this troubled hockey team. This has been Price’s team since he first hit the ice as a Canadien in 2007. As Price goes, so go the Canadiens. During the early years, he struggled and so did his team. When he really got his mojo going in 2013-14, he quarterbacked the team to one of its greatest playoff runs this century.

Here’s something else the NBA has done successfully. In 2018, it proactively launched Mind Health, a program in theory not that different from Hockey Talks, though it does go further. The initiative aims to humanize mental health and offers tools not only to people in the league but also to fans, to NBA Jr. and the NBA Academy, investing in the well-being of future players. The program’s loudest cheerleader has been Adam Silver, the league’s current commissioner, who has made his players’ mental wellness a priority. Like Stern with HIV/AIDS, Silver got in front of the mental-health crisis.

When he retired in 2014, Stern said he saw in championing Johnson an opportunity to not only stand by him, but also to make a difference in basketball and in society at large. If Johnson became the new face of HIV/AIDS, Stern became the new face of advocacy, forcing a different dialogue about the virus and disease, not only in the U.S., but around the world.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL dragged their skates during 2020’s social upheaval. Earlier this year, the Habs could have been a better ally to the #MeToo movement.

Today, with a star player suffering from one of the most important ailments of our time, hockey again has an opportunity to lead.

Your move, Bettman.

Martine St-Victor is a communications strategist and general manager of Edelman Montreal. Instagram and Twitter: martinemontreal

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