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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Minnesota Armed Forces Hockey Tournament


Minnesota Armed Forces Hockey Tournament on March 27–29, 2015

Schwan Super Rink
1700 105th Avenue NE
Blaine, Minnesota

MN Armed Forces and Defending The Blue Line

Join us for a great weekend of hockey!  The Minnesota Armed Forces Hockey Tournament is a great tradition for service members in the state of hockey. Regardless of your branch, we invite you to join together for great competition and a great cause. Don’t miss out on this great hockey opportunity!

Represent your branch and raise money for military families in need. Defending the Blue Line is our charity of choice and this event will be raising funds for all the great projects they are working on.

The Schwan Super Rink has eight sheets of ice under one roof! This 300,000 sq. ft. facility is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world, with 32 locker rooms, an ice sports pro shop, Hat Trick Café, and an extensive dry land training facility, the Herb Brooks Training Center. Online at www.superrink.org.

Read more here.

Tournament features:
• 32 teams in four divisions
• Three game guarantee (championship teams will have four games)
• Three 17-minute periods
• Certified officials at all games
• Game stats provided by Pointstreak
• Each player will receive a tournament t-shirt
• Team manager gift
• Beer and food specials at the Hat Trick Café
• Email: mark.gile@outlook.com

 

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Dallas Stars Alumni Game Jersey Auction


Dallas Stars Alumni Jersey Auction

Bid on the game worn jerseys now

Dallas Stars alumni game to benefit Defending The Blue Line

The Dallas Stars Alumni present the 2nd Annual Community Chest Charity Game to benefit Defending The Blue Line®. This event takes place on March 15, 2015.

The alumni game is sold out but you can still support your favorite fundraiser. There are a range of inspiring community fundraisers who need your help as they work to help the Dallas Stars Alumni Association achieve its fundraising goals.  Click here to read the DTBL fundraiser profiles and support them with a donation now.

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

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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”

Fogarty Home FrontPhoto 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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DTBL Kids Chosen for Hockey Clinic at Wild Game


Wes Walz wild game clinic

 DTBL Kids Chosen for Hockey Clinic at Wild Game

February 16, 2015 by Brian Durham

I am very excited to announce that Acquisition Associates of IMetro Property was able to sponsor two DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE kids to Wes Walz‘s hockey clinic put on by the Minnesota Wild last night at the Xcel Energy center. It looks like a fun time was had by all.

If you are not familiar with Defending the Blue Line please take a look at their page and website. Shane Hudella and his whole team do great things, right out of Hastings, to help make sure that the wonderful sport of hockey stays attainable for our Veterans and their families.

Thank you to all my clients that have bought and sold their homes with me. Without your business I would not be able to help support such a great cause that is so near and dear to my heart.

 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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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