Civilians and Military Sign Up for MN Armed Forces Hockey Tournament


2nd Annual MN Armed Forces Hockey Tournament

Civilians and Military Sign Up for MN Armed Forces Hockey Tournament

The 2nd annual MN Armed Forces Hockey Tournament will be held in Blaine, Minnesota on September 17-19, 2015. This tournament is dedicated to current and past members of the armed forces, and Civilians. All proceeds from this tournament will go to benefit military kids through Defending the Blue Line®. View and print the PDF flyer.

Registration opens July 1, 2015.

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DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE

MN ARMED FORCES HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2015

Schwan’s Super Rink, Blaine, MN

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Join us for a great three days of hockey! 

The Minnesota Armed Forces Hockey Tournament is a great tradition for both service members and civilians in the state of hockey and across the United States. We invite you to join together for great competition and a great cause. Don’t miss out on this great hockey opportunity!

The goal of this tournament is to raise money for military families who cannot afford to have their children play hockey. Defending the Blue Line provides hockey equipment, hockey camps, NHL game tickets, and grants for association fees based on status and rank of military parent(s). All military branches, first responders (Police, Fire, and EMS), and civilians may apply.

Tournament features

-  24 teams in two divisions
-  Four games guarantee
-  Three 17-minute periods
-  Certified officials at all games
-  Friday Night Shoot-out Competition
-  Each player will receive a tournament t-shirt
-  Team manager gift

Divisions offered

B Highest level offered
  • Player experience – high school varsity, junior, college
C Second tier of players
  • Player experience – youth hockey and HS junior varsity

Fees

$700 team fee + $100 per team donation fee (100% of donation fee goes to Defending the Blue Line)

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mnhockeytournament

Twitter: @AFHockeyTourney

For event questions or information, please contact:

Mark Gile • Ph • 763.548.4023
Darrin Janisch • Ph • 612.968.8464
Taylor Callais • Ph • 651.319.0737

 

 

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Community Spirits Event at Wander North Distillery


Join Defending The Blue Line® at the Wander North Distillery for their “Community Spirits” event on August 27, 2015. The event runs from 6-9pm in their NE Minneapolis cocktail lounge. $1 from each cocktail sold will go to DTBL.

Location: 771 Harding St. STE 150, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Defending The Blue Line ® has events happening all over the nation.  Check out the current ones on the website.  Organizations, schools, universities, businesses, NHL teams, NHL players, and individuals are helping DTBL raise money to help the military kids play hockey. We have even had many children in the nation step forward with equipment drives, donations from birthdays, donations from bar mitzvah’s, bake sales, and even lemonade stands.  Defending The Blue Line ® is very honored to have all of this support from everyone. Thank you for helping DTBL support military children.

 

 

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Vote For MSG Wade Scott for the Rare Life Award


Vote For MSG Wade Scott for the Rare Life Award

Presented by Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

MSG Wade Scott

Dear supporters:

We have nominated MSG Wade Scott for the Rare Life Award, presented by Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This honor is given to those who exhibit Courage, Leadership, Survival, Heroism, Devotion and/or Character. Winners will receive a medal, presented at a reception given in their honor, and be featured in Eagle Rare promotional materials.

Please visit www.eaglerarelife.com and vote for Wade. You can vote once every 24 hours, so vote often! And please help spread the word through your social networks and friends.

Thank you,

Defending The Blue Line®

 

Leap of Faith

A story of MSG Wade Scott’s heroism

Written by Shane Hudella, president and founder of Defending The Blue Line®

While taking part in a hostage rescue mission in Afghanistan, California Army National Guard SFC Wade Scott was shot six times. His body armor stopped three of the rounds, his hand, upper arm, and left side stopped the other three. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions that day. There is no doubt it must have been hell on earth, and he will carry that with him forever.

I can only imagine what must have gone through his mind not only during the fire-fight, but the moments and days after during the MEDEVAC home. He has endured multiple surgeries to get some movement back in that hand and arm, and will tell you how important it was to have his family by his side at the hospital. His two young kids would ac­tually help change his bandages while in recovery.

I wanted to talk about SFC Scott because I think you will be amazed at how I found out about his story. You see, every few months I take a look at our testimonials page on the website. I happened to be looking through it a few months ago and saw this note he left: “I was seriously wounded by gunfire in Afghanistan and since then I have been going through multiple surgeries and rehab. Hockey has become even more important than it had been prior to that deployment as it is the ac­tivity which really binds us as a family. We would like to thank you again for the generous grant we received from your organization last year for boour boys.” To this day I am astounded, and con­stantly think “this hero is thanking us?”

It is a very good illustration of the broth­erhood that is our service, and the selfless sacrifice that is the watchword of our men and women in uniform.

Now I don’t know if Wade is a religious man or not, but it had to have taken a leap of faith to go from that point of being wounded on the battlefield, back to the man and soldier he is today. He’s still serving in the Army, and the kids that once changed his bandages in the hospital are doing great and playing hock-ey in Southern California. It’s an amazing story of resilience and heroism.

 

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2015 Camo Gala and Camo Classic Videos


2015 Camo Gala and Camo Classic Videos

June 28th and 29th, 2015 – Mystic Lake Casino, Minnesota

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The first annual Defending The Blue Line® Camo Gala and the second annual Camo Classic Golf Event were both a huge success. The gala, silent auction, dinner, and award presentation were great highlights but the pro players stole the scene with the live auction bidding. The following day on the links included pro players partnering up with teams with special military help on some of the holes.

Thank you to the University of Minnesota Athletics – Gopher Digital Productions for spending time with DTBL at the Camo Gala and Camo Classic. Check out the awesome videos below.

Video from the June 28, 2015 Camo Gala

Video from the June 29, 2015 Camo Classic

Video Credits:
Host: Katie O’Neil
Camera & Editor: Madison Forsythe
Producer & Director: Devin Pacheco

The winning team

 Take a peak at the photos of the 2 events by DTBL photograpers and others:

Photos from the 2015 Camo Classic

Photos from the 2015 Camo Gala

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“The Home Front” by Terrence Fogarty


“The Home Front” by Terrence Fogarty

“The Home Front” is Terrence Fogarty’s latest painting depicting a soldier returning from war to be greeted by his son. This print is now up for sale with a portion of the sales to go to Defending The Blue Line® and the military kids it helps to play hockey.

Click here to order “The Home Front”

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Photo copyrighted by Terrence Fogarty

Terrence Fogarty  became a partner of Defending The Blue Line® in 2012. Terrence is a Minnesota artist who prides himself in unique sports artwork.

“I’m comfortable being a dinosaur in the way I relate to sports and art. I still paint in the traditional oil on canvas method and I still find the more traditional aspects of sports to be the most fulfilling as an artist and as a fan.” – Terrence Fogarty

The Fogarty’s have donated artwork for DTBL’s silent auctions. Check out their Facebook page and also the the Timeline Photo page.

 

 

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“The Home Front” – Receive This Framed Print Free With Select Gala Tables


“The Home Front” – Receive This Framed Print Free With Select Gala Tables

Fogarty Home Front

“Home Front” is Terrence Fogarty’s latest painting, depicting a soldier returning from war to be greeted by his son.

Receive this special framed print free with RED or WHITE  GALA table purchase.

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Reserve Your Table or Individual Tickets Here

DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE® INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR CAMO GALA

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR KELLIE PICKLER TO PROVIDE SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT

Presented by:

Super America present Defending The Blue Line Camo Classic Gala

Defending The Blue Line®

Invites You

To Attend Our

Camo Gala

Sunday, June Twenty-Eighth

at Six O’clock in the Evening

Two Thousand Fifteen

Mystic Lake Casino

Grand Ballroom

2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Order Your Tickets Here

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Special thanks to our other corporate event partners:

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Defending The Blue Line and Defending The Base Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey, as well as other sports. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer camps, and send many deserving families on a special night out to watch pro, collegiate, and minor league sports games before or after deployment.

 

 

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Defending The Blue Line Invites You To Attend Our Camo Gala


Order Your Tickets Here

DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE® INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR CAMO GALA

Presented by:

Super America present Defending The Blue Line Camo Classic Gala

Defending The Blue Line®

Invites You

To Attend Our

Camo Gala

Sunday, June Twenty-Eighth

at Six O’clock in the Evening

Two Thousand Fifteen

Mystic Lake Casino

Grand Ballroom

2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard

Prior Lake, Minnesota

 COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR KELLIE PICKLER TO PROVIDE SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT

Order Your Tickets Here

“The Home Front” by Terrence Fogarty will be included with purchase of a red or white table.

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DTBL camo classic and gala

 

Defending The Blue Line and Defending The Base Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey, as well as other sports. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer camps, and send many deserving families on a special night out to watch pro, collegiate, and minor league sports games before or after deployment.

 

 

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2015 Celebrity Camo Classic Presented by SuperAmerica


DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE® IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

  THE 2015 CELEBRITY CAMO CLASSIC Presented by:

Camo Classic presented by SuperAmerica

EVENT TO BE HELD JUNE 29th AT THE MEADOWS AT MYSTIC LAKE

Register Here for the Event Here

    PRIOR LAKE, Minn. Defending The Blue Line® (DTBL) is excited to announce the 2015 Celebrity Camo Classic Golf Tournament presented by SuperAmerica® a member of the Northern Tier® family of companies, to assist military families in keeping their kids healthy and active in sports while their parents are away serving our nation. The event will feature 36 professional athletes, each paired with a different foursome. The course will feature military theming such as the long putt in a flight helmet, a long drive contest in battle gear, a spot the sniper before he spots you hole, and much more.

“This is the second year we’ve done this event and we’re excited to be ramping up the military dynamics even more this time around,” said Shane Hudella, Founder and President of Defending The Blue Line®. “You have to do more than just line up your golf shot properly because this is not your typical golf event, it’s an adventure.  It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy a unique round of golf, mingle with some phenomenal pro athletes, and help out some deserving military kids, all in one day.”

“This event allowed us to help provide scholarships for over 100 military kids last year; and this year’s event looks to help even more,” said Taylor Callais, Chief Operating Officer, “We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received.”

“This event fits so perfectly for SuperAmerica® and the Northern Tier® Family of companies which includes SuperMom’s Bakery, St. Paul Park Refining, Northern Tier Transportation and SuperAmerica.  We take great pride in our certification as a “Beyond the yellow Ribbon” company and our commitment to both active duty and veterans along with their families remains a steadfast goal for Northern Tier and SuperAmerica®.” Said Jack Helmick, President of SUPERAMERICA®.  “This event is such a fantastic way to show support, and we’re excited to be involved!”

Contacts:
Bryan Reynolds, Director of Communication (763) 226-6959 Bryan@DefendingTheBlueLine.org
Reide Housley, Spokesperson Reide Housley, Spokesperson (651) 260-0363 ReideHousley@DefendingTheBlueLine.org

Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey, as well as other sports. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer camps, and send many deserving families on a special night out to watch pro, collegiate, and minor league sports games before or after deployment.

Follow Defending The Blue Line on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

 

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Wayne Gretzky Donates Camp Slot To A DTBL Military Child


Wayne Gretzky Donates Camp Slot To A DTBL Military Child

Gretsky school donates camp to Defending The Blue Line

Wayne Gretzky also known as “The Great One,” became the first player to win the Hart Trophy for eight years in a row. During the spring “Gretzky Camp” season, Wayne donated a slot to a Defending The Blue Line® military child.

Check out all of the hockey camps that are available to military kids free. DTBL only has 1 or 2 slots to each camp so you need to apply online now. Camps are located throughout the United States and include slots from Robby Glantz, Carroll Goalie School, Gigi Marvin’s Rink19, Pro Ambitions, LumerYard, Goalcrease, and Little Rookies.

Defending The Blue Line® will also hold a Warrior Camp in 2015. Military kids stay on post at the Camp Ripley Training Center just north of Little Falls, Minnesota. They will be bused to an ice rink during the day. In the evenings they will participate in fun military activities for everyone.

 

 

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North American Pond Hockey Championship Raises $85,000 for DTBL


North American Pond Hockey Championship Raises $85,000 for DTBL

NAPHC check to DTBL

Sun Country Airlines and Cambria presented the 2015 North American Pond Hockey Championships on January 23 – 25, 2015. The event was held on Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. Defending The Blue Line® was once again a charitable beneficiary of this Pond Hockey Championship. We are honored to be chosen as the charitable beneficiary. Thank you for all of the hard work and for the fantastic donation so that DTBL will be able to help military kids play hockey.

Click to View the 2015 Pond Hockey Championship Event Video

Click t0 view the 2015 Pond Hockey Championship Highlights

North American Pond Hockey Tournament raises $85k for Defending The Blue Line

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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