Myles Mattila and the Kelowna Chiefs will be featured on Sportsnet on Jan. 20, Hockey Day in Canada, for their support of mental health awareness.                                -Image: Steve Dunsmoor/Dunsmoor Creative

Myles Mattila and the Kelowna Chiefs will be featured on Sportsnet on Jan. 20, Hockey Day in Canada, for their support of mental health awareness. -Image: Steve Dunsmoor/Dunsmoor Creative

Sportsnet to spotlight mental health, Kelowna Chiefs

Canadian network to visit Kelowna Dec. 2 to feature the Chiefs mental health advocate Myles Mattila

One of Canada’s national sports networks, Sportsnet, will be in Kelowna on Saturday, Dec. 2 to spotlight mental health awareness, featuring Myles Mattila and the Kelowna Chiefs.

Mattila is an advocate for mental health awareness and is a young leader who is committed to creating positive changes in youth mental health. He advocates for students and youth throughout the community and across the nation.

“The Chiefs are very proud to be able participate in this initiative to bring more awareness to mental health,” said Chiefs GM Grant Sheridan.

That night, the Chiefs will play host to the North Okanagan Knights, with a 7 p.m. face off.

The feature will be aired across the nation on Jan. 20, 2018 during Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, celebrating Canadians who are doing great work in the hockey community and beyond.

“In order to welcome Sportsnet, create more awareness, and promote our team and Kelowna on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, the Kelowna Chiefs would like to invite everyone to come out on December 2 with your families and friends to learn more and support this important cause,” Sheridan added.

The Peacock Sheridan Group is a ticket sponsor for this event and will provide tickets for all minor hockey players, and students from UBCO, Okanagan College and all local schools who pre-register for tickets for the game.

Chiefs home Friday…

The Chiefs (10-8-1-2) will battle the Sicamous Eagles Friday at Rutland Arena, the second meeting in a week between the KIJHL rivals. Face off is 7 p.m.

Kelowna is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Okanagan Division leading Steam Tuesday in Summerland.

Ethan Grover scored the game winner with 2:45 remaining in the third period. Isaac Dutka had a pair of assists for the Chiefs who outshot the Steam 37-30.

The Chiefs are without their leading scorer, Brett Witala, who was injured in last Friday’s win over Sicamous. Witala, who had 34 points in 17 games, suffered a broken thumb and could miss several weeks of action.

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