“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.

 

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.

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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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