Blue Jackets Forward Johnny Gaudreau Assisting Patrik Laine's Support Of Men's Mental Health Initiatives

By Coby Maeir on February 14, 2024 at 3:49 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his game winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Patrik Laine (29) in overtime at Nationwide Arena.
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Johnny Gaudreau is giving back by joining Patrik Laine's "Laine Gives Back" program, donating $1,000 for each point he scores for the remainder of the season--starting from Tuesday's game--in support of men's mental health services and programs, the team's release said. 

“When I saw he was doing that to start the season, I thought it was awesome," Gaudreau said after Tuesday's game. "I thought it was a great cause. Then he happened to go into the program to deal with stuff like that, so I thought what better way to support him than pick up where he left off and try to help out in any way I can? We miss Patty and we hope he’s doing well and we hope to see him back soon.”

Laine has been in the NHL/NHLPA Players Assistance Program since Jan. 28.

“Mental health is a very important issue, and one that is personal for Patrik," Gaudreau said in the team's release. "So I am happy to be able to support my teammate and the work that the OhioHealth Foundation is doing in support of men that are struggling in our community."

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