They are tough guys. And this is a tough topic. The rough and rowdy world of hockey isn’t the sort of place where mental health has had much room over generations — in the dressing room, on the bus, or most certainly on the ice.

But, hockey players, like all athletes, are as human as everyone else. In a few days, Fernie Ghostriders assistant coach Thomas Skelton will hit the road on his bike to bring awareness to mental health. He’s planning to lead from Fernie to through Nelson to Kelowna amidst these scorching temps to help out an organization called the MindRight for Athletes Society. Thomas joined Kootenay Morning on June 30 to fill KCR in on an emotional, mental and physical challenge over three in every ten Canadians deals with directly.

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