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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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.

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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.

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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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Military Appreciation Nights at Upcoming NHL Games


Military Appreciation Nights at Upcoming NHL Games

DTBL military nights

Join Defending The Blue Line® at the following military appreciation nights. Special deals or free tickets may be available by clicking the links for the games below:

Dallas Stars Military Night – Dallas, Texas – November 4, 2014  

Anaheim Ducks Military Appreciation Night – Anaheim, California – November 9, 2014

New Jersey Devils Military Appreciation Night – Newark, NJ – November 11, 2014

DTBL is also working with several NHL teams and players to provide free tickets to military families for home games. These tickets come in packages of 2 or 4 when available, so that family members can also attend. Take a look at the games that are offered.

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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Help DTBL Win $20,000 During Give To The Max Day


Help DTBL Win $20,000 During Give To The Max Day

Defending The Blue Line® may have it’s headquarters in Minnesota but DTBL helps military children play hockey throughout the entire Nation and Canada by providing free hockey equipment, association grants, hockey camps, and NHL game tickets.

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Please join us on November 13, 2014, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives

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Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $2,000. How? On November 13, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $2,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $2,000!

Here’s the really exciting part: At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive a $20,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket.

The more gifts we generate on GiveMN.org on November 13th, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $20,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $20,000!

 

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Burnzie’s Buzzcut for Charity


Burnzie’s Buzzcut for Charity

Burnzies buzzcut for charity

In 2013, Brent Burns raised money for Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation when he got a buzz cut and shaved his beard. During the month of October the Sharks Foundation accepted donations with the goal of raising $5,000 for each of the charities. The total amount raised was over $23,000.

Burnzie is doing it again and there are still a few days left for you to donate. On Monday, November 3rd Brent hopes to have raised a lot of money for three non-profits close to his heart: Defending the Blue Line, the Katie Moore Foundation, and the San Francisco Zoo. Brent will shave his head and beard.

The Sharks Foundation will be accepting donations through November 1st with the goal of raising $5,000 for each of these worthwhile charities. The top 10 donors will have the chance to witness Burnzie’s Buzzcut in person and take photos with Brent afterward.

 

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