Corey Hirsch

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Former NHL Goaltender & Olympic Silver Medalist, Speaker and Advocate for Mental Health & Wellness, Author

Corey Hirsch is a former NHL goaltender who spent the majority of his career playing with the Vancouver Canucks. He was also one of the Goalies on the New York Rangers roster when they won the Stanley Cup in 1994 and is an Olympic Silver Medalist.

For much of his NHL career, Corey was plagued with panic attacks and obsessive thoughts, a secret he kept to himself.  He finally confided in a team trainer after years of suffering in silence and was able to get the help he needed after being diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  In 2017, Corey publicly shared his gripping mental health struggle with an emotional article in The Players Tribune. It was a riveting article on his life as a suicide survivor and an individual living with OCD. The article received an overwhelming response sending ripples through the sports world.

Today Corey is a Wellness Ambassador for the ICBA ( Independent Contractors Business Association) and speaks publicly about the importance of not suffering in silence and ending the stigma.  He uses his life experiences to help raise awareness and educate audiences about mental health and encourages those to get help, if they need it.

He also co-hosts a podcast called “Blindsided” with Dr. Diane McIntosh where other Sport stars like Paul Bissonnette, PGA Star Bubba Watson, NBA star Kevin Love, and NFL Hall of Famer, Kurt Warner are interviewed about their Mental Health challenges.  They share the moment they realized they needed to focus on it and listeners get help to better understand how mental health impacts everyone and how athletes in particular, face them down.

In October 2022, his new book “The Save of My Life: My Journey Out of the Dark” was released.

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The Save of My Life: My Journey Out of the Dark

In this inspiring keynote Corey shares his personal journey of excelling professionally but out of the net, he was plagued by persistent dark thoughts and ceaseless anxiety.  As one of the first professional athletes to talk openly about mental health, Hirsch wrote about his OCD for the Players’ Tribune. His piece remains one of their most-read articles ever.

As Hirsch says, “I am not insane. I am not a bad person. I am not weak. I have an illness, and there is a treatment.”

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