Lakers Break the Ice on Mental Health returns this Saturday

North Bay, ON - On Saturday, November 12, 2022, Lakers Break the Ice on Mental Health returns after a two-year hiatus. Proudly presented by TD, Lakers Break the Ice on Mental Health is teaming up with NU Listens, the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation and the Nipissing Lakers varsity hockey teams to raise funds and awareness for mental health and emotional wellness.  

Lakers Break the Ice on Mental Health

The Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team will break the ice at 5 p.m. against the Laurier Golden Hawks followed by the men’s team battling the Carleton Ravens at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gardens. 

The pandemic has triggered a 25% increase in depression and anxiety (World Health Organization, 2022). This inspired the Nipissing University Sport’s Marketing class to leverage sport to help create awareness, support conversations, and transform mental health by encouraging people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed.  

“Getting help is not a straight line,” states Malory Dominico of the Lakers women’s hockey team. "You will have ups and downs but, in the end, you will come out stronger than before.” 

Join us for an action-packed evening of exciting varsity hockey, strong community spirit and entertaining fundraising for the North Bay Regional Health Centre & NU Listens. Tickets can be purchased at the Memorial Gardens box office or from the North Bay Battalion website

As a lead-up to the main event, members of the community are invited to join former elite hockey player Brady Leavold and Dr. Rob Graham for the “Courageous Conversations & the Mandate to be Great” speaking series on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the NUSU Student Centre that will challenge your thinking and understanding about mental health and addiction. Admission is free.  


Media Contact 
Carly Johnston 
Communications Officer 
Nipissing University 
(705) 474-3450 ext. 4035