Corey Hirsch: Goalkeeping, Mental Health, & Healing the “I” in Team
Speaker Corey Hirsch might be new to the Lavin roster, but he’s a veteran team player. A member of the Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers, and now Rogers Sportsnet Broadcaster, Hirsch knows the soaring peaks and steep valleys of high-performance athleticism—and how it affects not only the body, but also the mind.
From gracing the ice as a dauntless goalie, to shedding expert insights on Hockey Night in Canada, Corey Hirsch offers a candid and pragmatic look at his multi-decade struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Speaking with authority on the effects of anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness—especially upon athletes, Hirsch knows that mental health is not an easy topic to discuss. He writes, “I know better than anyone that hockey players will do anything in their power to hide their feelings. But we need to do a better job of saying something when somebody is clearly struggling.”