Bag Groceries at Select Cub Foods and Raise Bucks for DTBL


Bag Groceries at Select Cub Foods and Raise Bucks for DTBL

Cub Foods DTBL fundraiser

Defending The Blue Line® has partnered with CUB Foods for a bagging drive happening on February 21 & 28, 2015, at almost all Minnesota locations.

Click here to sign up to bag groceries to help military kids play hockey.

Click here to see all CUB stores that are participating.

Details:

  • The teams keep all tip money raised from bagging groceries on the 21st. They can use it to fund their local association, pay for a team party, etc.
  • The teams bagging on the 28th will turn over proceeds/tips to the on site DTBL rep to help military kids play hockey!
  • Youth teams of any age will be accepted for this event, however, if the kids are under 15 years of age, the parents will be required to do the bagging, and the kids will collect the tips.
  • ALL teams registering to help out will be entered in a drawing to win a luxury suite at a Local Pro Hockey Team’s home game

 

For more information on equipment and other benefits through Defending The Blue Line® go to DefendingTheBlueLine.org

 

 

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Dallas Stars Military Appreciation Night


Dallas Stars Military Appreciation Night

Dallas Stars Military Appreciation Night

Join us on March 1, 2015 for the Dallas Stars Military Appreciation Night when they play the Anaheim Ducks at 7 pm. Discount tickets for military families are available here.

  • Camouflage Dallas Stars Warm-Up Jerseys to be worn and auctioned off by the Dallas Stars Foundation.
  • Military Displays at the Party on AT&T Plaza starting at 5pm.
  • Opportunities to participate in One-of-A-Kind-In-Game Experiences.
  • Free Dr. Pepper Camo Stars Caps for the first 15,000 fans.
  • Recognition of Military Personnel on the HD Videoboard.
  • Ceremonial puck drop by “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell.

 

The Dallas Stars endorsed Defending The Blue Line® in 2013. Since then they have partnered with DTBL to provide tickets to games and free camp slots for their Little Rookies program. Thank you to the Dallas Stars for all of their support in helping the military kids play hockey.

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Minnesota Magicians Jersey Auction and Equipment Drive


Minnesota Magicians Jersey Auction and Equipment Drive

Minnesota Magicians support DTBL

The Minnesota Magicians are a junior hockey team in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). During their February 28, 2015 game, they will wear special military jerseys. These jerseys will be auctioned off following the game, with all proceeds benefiting Defending the Blue Line®. The game starts at 7:05 pm at the Richfield Ice Arena. The Magicians will also have items available through raffles and giveaways.

An equipment drive runs from Monday, January 26th – Saturday, February 28th. Gently used and new hockey equipment can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. Hockey equipment can also be dropped off on Magicians game nights between January 26th and February 28th—donors receive $2.00 off regular admission per ticket.

The event and the equipment drive will be held at:

Richfield Ice Arena.
636 East 66th Street
Richfield, Minnesota

Minnesota Magicians

For more information on equipment and other benefits through Defending The Blue Line® go to DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

 

 

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In Memory of DTBL Supporter and Former NHL player, JP Parise


In Memory of DTBL Supporter and Former NHL player, JP Parise

Defending The Blue Line Statement Regarding the passing of Jean-Paul Parise

It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Jean-Paul Parise. “JP” has been an integral part of the Defending The Blue Line family for many years. He has served on our Board of Directors for three years, and was currently active on our Board of Legends.

Defending The Blue is saddened by passing of JP Parise

Mr. Parise’s service to our nation’s heroes started long before his involvement with Defending The Blue Line, however. As a player in the 1970’s, Jean-Paul volunteered to go visit the troops in Vietnam with his teammates, Tom Reid and Murray Oliver. I will never forget JP’s personal account of his trip, and the passionate admiration he possessed for the men and women who defend our freedom every day. Those that knew JP know the animation and love that he could bring to any story, a trait that he brought to every situation in life.

Our organization and the 20,000+ military families we support across the United States and Canada will be forever grateful for Mr. Parise’s involvement and support of our cause. His contributions have directly helped make hockey a reality for countless military kids.

Rest In Peace JP. While our hearts our heavy, we raise our right arm to salute you on your way to a better place.

 

Signature

 

 

 

 

Shane Hudella
1SG (Ret.), ARNG
Founder and President,
Defending The Blue Line®

 

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2015 North American Pond Hockey Championship


2015 North American Pond Hockey Championship

Sun Country Airlines and Cambria present the
2015 North American Pond Hockey Championships

Pond hockey with a heart benefiting Defending The Blue Line®

The NAPHC Championship will be held January 23 – 25, 2015 on Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Defending The Blue Line® will once again be the charitable beneficiary of this Pond Hockey Championship with 100% of the profits going to help military kids with their dreams of playing hockey. Last year the event brought in a fantastic $55,000. This went a long way to help the growing number of military families applying for benefits through DTBL. DTBL is once again honored to be chosen as the charitable beneficiary.

Can’t play? Make a donation!

2014 Pond Hockey Championship Video

NAPHC Pond Hockey Championship

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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Military Kids at the Warrior Camp at Camp Ripley in Minnesota – Photos


Military Kids at the Warrior Camp at Camp Ripley in Minnesota – Photos.

Defending The Blue Line® sponsored a hockey camp for children of military parents from August 10 – 13, 2014.  See the photos.

DTBL kids at Camp Ripley and Huskie's Ice

Military kids once again stayed on post at the Camp Ripley Training Center just north of Little Falls, Minnesota. They were bused into St. Cloud State University Huskies Ice which is about a half hour from Camp Ripley.  In the evenings they participated in fun military activities for everyone. The military kids had a ton of activities going on during their stay at Camp Ripley. One of the days, there was a conference call between the kids, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild. It was one of the highlights of the camp. Special thanks to these two Pro’s for taking the time to answer all the questions from our little warriors!

DTBL military kids at Camp Ripley, MN

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.

For more information on equipment and other benefits through Defending The Blue Line® go to DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

 

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NHLPA Goals & Dreams Auctioning 15 Game-worn Jerseys


NHLPA Goals & Dreams Auctioning 15 Game-worn Jerseys

Some EXTREMELY RARE Modano, Parise, Suter, and several other game worn jerseys being auctioned by the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund to benefit Defending The Blue Line military families. Bidding for the 15 jerseys will run in phases, with three jerseys to coincide with each city/event on the G&D 15th anniversary multi-city tour. Absolute collector items! Bid Here.

NHLPA auction game worn jerseys

Minnesota jerseys / bidding open until December 2:

o Ryan Suter – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey from February 15th game vs. Russia

o Zach Parise – 2009 NHL All-Star, Game-Worn Eastern Conference Jersey

o Mike Modano – 2009 NHL All-Star, Game-Worn Western Conference Jersey

The start of each other phase of the jersey auction will correspond with upcoming G&D tour events (auction closing dates to be announced):
• Ottawa jerseys / December 8 – 22 bidding:

o Milan Michalek – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Czech Republic Jersey

o Erik Karlsson – 2011 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey

o Daniel Alfredsson – 2004 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
• Vancouver jerseys / December 18 – January 4 bidding:

o Daniel Sedin – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Sweden Jersey

o Henrik Sedin – 2012 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey

o Markus Naslund – 2001 All Star, Game-Worn Jersey
• Toronto jerseys / January 2015:

o James van Riemsdyk – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey

o Phil Kessel – 2012 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey

o Mats Sundin – 2001 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
• Los Angeles jerseys / early 2015 bidding:

o Jonathan Quick – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey

o Anze Kopitar – 2011 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey

 

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Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters


Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters. In June 2014, Convergint Technologies sent out a huge group of employees and family members to do a ton of stuff around the Defending The Blue Line® office and warehouse in Hastings, Minnesota. The employees put up a flag pole, painted, fixed used gear, cleaned, updated office technology, and a whole lot more. It was a great day and DTBL made a lot of new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Convergint Technologies for sending them out. Read more about the day here.

ConvergintTechnologies employees help Defending The Blue Line

Several of the employees brought their children along to help. The kids also had a great time making cards for DTBL and to send to the soldiers overseas. Check out more photos and cards on the DTBL website.

Hero Convergint_letters1

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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Country Artist Ron Scott Releases Single To Benefit Military Families


Country Artist Ron Scott Releases Single To Benefit Military Families

If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or just like living in our country and appreciate what our troops do and have done for us, you have to check this out!

Ron Scott

Ron Scott – Country Artist released his Debut Country Single “Dear Mama,” on Sunday, December 7th, which also happened to be Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. He is giving half of the proceeds to benefit two military charities – Defending The Blue Line and Veterans Matter.  It is now available on iTunes, so go check it out, take a listen, & buy it knowing that your purchase will help the men, women, and their families, who have served our country!

With the current state of war and conflict in our world, singer/songwriter Ron Scott wrote “Dear Mama” as a way to potentially express the feelings that a son or daughter who enlists in the military may feel about leaving their home and family. With their desire to protect and serve their country by putting their life on the line, they head off to boot camp, not knowing what their future may hold.  The song follows the flow as if a letter is being written home.  Its patriotic symbolism runs deep with the vision of our strong and beautiful country, paralleled with the strength and courage of those who continue to protect it every day. 

Ron is looking forward to using this song to better the lives of those who protect us, serve us, and give their life for us with these two amazing organizations.  He hopes he can count on you to help support our troops and their families by purchasing this song.

Spread the Word!!! Follow Ron on FB, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and check out Ron’s website as well. http://ronscottcountry.com/

 

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Minnesota Wild Camouflage Jersey Online Auction


Minnesota Wild Camouflage Jersey Online Auction to benefit Defending The Blue Line® and the Minnesota Wild Foundation is going on now through November 23, 2014. Watch the video here.

Wild Camo jersey auction

On November 13, 2014 the Minnesota Wild players wore camo jerseys for  warm ups before the game. The jerseys were then autographed by the respective players.  You can bid on the jerseys now at Wild.com/Camo

The Minnesota Wild Military Appreciation Night was sponsored by Thomson Reuters  at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Thomson Reuters once again provided 100 Lower Level tickets to DTBL for military families.. Defending The Blue Line® set up a booth at the game and brought in two teams of 8 (7 skaters 1 goalie) for a total of 16 kids on the ice during intermission to scrimmage.

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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