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Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Stephen Johns and #MentalMiles

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Good morning, folks. It’s possible some of my amazing fellow writers here at OTF have linked some links about Stephen Johns already, but I wanted to do so again. I was never his biggest fan when he was playing for Dallas, but his efforts to raise mental health awareness in retirement cannot be commended enough.

#MentalMiles

Stephen Johns on why he's Rollerblading Across America - The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I read about Stephen Johns last week in The Athletic. Here's a non-paywalled article about Johns and his #MentalMiles. It's a great read (and so is the article in the Athletic-see below).

($) Stephen Johns' journey: His NHL career over too soon, former Stars defensemen skates for a cause bigger than hockey – The Athletic
Recently retired Dallas Stars defenseman is skating across the country to raise awareness about mental health.

This is a must-read (if you can).

"“Maybe I was always meant to be more than a hockey player,” Johns said. “Maybe this is how I can have an impact.”"

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