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Published on February 01, 2022

Castleton Men's Hockey Breaking the Ice on Mental Health

Rutland – On Friday, February 11, 2022 the Castleton University Men’s Hockey team will host the inaugural Breaking the Ice on Mental Health event as they take on UMASS Boston in a 7pm game at Spartan Arena.

The Castleton Men’s Hockey team, led by head coach, Kyle Richards, is made up of 34 players from around the world who are establishing strong ties in our local region. “The team wanted to do something to give back to the community. We are excited to partner with Rutland Regional Medical Center to raise awareness and support for mental health services, and we are hopeful the event will have the same impact and success as the Castleton Women’s Hockey team’s annual Pink the Rink event which supports the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional,” said Richards.

The Castleton community shares Coach Richard’s enthusiasm for this important game, which will be live streamed at
Martha Coulter, Director of the Wellness Center at Castleton University said, “I am excited that the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team will host the Breaking the Ice on Mental Health event, raising awareness and funds for mental health. We are pleased the funds raised will support the RRMC outpatient Behavioral Health program; they provide vital services for the community, including our students.

All proceeds from the event, including admission and an online auction for authentic Breaking the Ice jerseys will benefit Rutland Regional Behavioral Health services. To bid on the auction go to

In addition, fans will have the opportunity to purchase commemorative Breaking the Ice on Mental Health tee-shirts at the event on February 11, and the first 200 fans through the door will receive a custom green towel courtesy of Foley Services. The cost of admission on February 11 is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students.

Rutland Regional Medical Center is grateful to the Castleton Men’s Hockey team for initiating this event to raise awareness and support for mental health services.

Sheila Sharrow, LICSW, Manager at the Rutland Regional Behavioral Health Clinic added, “The Breaking the Ice on Mental Health event is an important reminder that it is okay if you have mental health symptoms, and more importantly it is okay to seek out resources and professional help no matter who you are, how old you are and/or what you do for a living. Mental health conditions can impact anyone at any time. We are hopeful that this event aimed at raising awareness about mental health services will help people to take healthy steps to improving their quality of life.

For more information about the upcoming Breaking the Ice on Mental Health game, go to or call 802.747.3634.


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