DefendingThe Blue Line to Host Celebrity Golf Event




Bryan Reynolds, Director of Communication, (763) 226-6959,
Reide Housley, Spokesperson, (651) 260-0363,

Camo Classic Golf Tournament Defending The Blue Line

    PRIOR LAKE, Minn. Defending The Blue Line and Defending The Base Line are proud to announce that they are hosting a celebrity golf tournament to benefit the children of military members so they are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The tournament will be held at The Meadows at Mystic Lake and will feature 36 foursomes, each of which will be paired with a pro athlete. 

   This is not a traditional golf tournament, it is an extreme experience. Each hole will feature various military inspired themes in addition to popular tourney contests. Tied in with the tournament is a nationwide online silent auction that includes many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR, and more.

“We’ve got some really cool ideas up our sleeve,” said Shane Hudella, Defending the Blue Line President. “This tournament will embrace everything that Defending The Blue/Base Line is and will be like no other golf tournament you’ve ever seen.”    To register for the event please visit:

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 and baseball. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer sports camps, and send many deserving families to watch National Hockey League and Major League Baseball games.

Defending The Blue Line is excited for this opportunity to further help military families and celebrate the service of our heroes. Keeping the kids of military families focused and active in sports is a great way to help keep their minds off of the stress associated with a parent serving our nation.

Tournament Partners Include:

Sponsors Camo Classic

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Young Hockey Player Celebrates Birthday With Equipment Drive

Young Hockey Player Celebrates Birthday With Equipment Drive

It’s Jorgen’s birthday and he wants to help the military kids play hockey. For Jorgen’s birthday, his parents have reserved an hour of ice at the local arena where all of his friends will play hockey. Instead of having his friends get him a gift, Jorgen would like them to donate to Defending The Blue Line® by bringing in new or gently used hockey equipment.

Jorgen’s birthday game is on April 19, 2014 at Bielenberg Sports Center, 4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN

The hockey gear collection box will be set up at Bielenberg Sports Center from 1:00pm Friday, April 18th until 10am Monday, April 21st. Please honor Jorgen and help the military kids play hockey by bringing in your new or gently used gear.  If you would like to donate to DTBL  in honor of Jorgen’s birthday, click here.


Jorgen Mehus (10 going on 11) is a right-winger for the 2003 Machine Black AAA ice hockey team.

Jorgen says, “I think Defending The Blue Line® is a great program because kids that want to play hockey or think it might be a fun sport should be able to play. Defending The Blue Line® helps those kids play hockey by providing gear and money for them. So, I’m going to have a Birthday party that’s going to have kids donate money or equipment to Defending The Blue Line®.”

This young man’s dad is an F-16 pilot in the Wisconsin Air National Guard and has deployed 4 times. That’s why Defending The Blue Line® is so important to us and why we want to help.

Jorgen started playing hockey in Hudson, Wisconsin, where he spent 3 years as a mite before playing two squirt seasons at Minnesota Made in Edina, Minnesota. This past season he also played squirt hockey for the Woodbury Predators Squirt A after moving from Hudson to Woodbury, Minnesota, this past fall.

Thank you Jorgen for your awesome support for military children.


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National Pond Hockey Championship Presents a $55,000 Check to DTBL

National Pond Hockey Championship Presents a $55,000 Check to Defending The Blue Line®.  The North American Pond Hockey Championships were held on January 24 – 26, 2014 on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota.  The event brought in a fantastic $55,000 for DTBL.  DTBL was able to pay $50,000 in hockey grants to military kids because of this donation. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this event a success.

Pond Hockey check presented to Defending The Blue Line

Defending The Blue Line® was the charitable beneficiary of the North American Pond Hockey Championship with 100% of the profits going to help military kids with their dream of playing hockey. “We are super fortunate and honored to be partnering this year to benefit the families we support.” – Defending The Blue Line®.

More information on the event can be seen by clicking a link below:

Video highlights of North American Pond Hockey Championship

North American Pond Hockey Championship

DTBL photos of the Pond Hockey Championship

Sponsors for the  National Pond Hockey Championship

Jeff Stone photos from the  event

Video of MN Wild Zach Parise talking about the 2014 North American Pond Hockey Championship

Pond Hockey Championship Video – from Kare 11

Pond Hockey Championship Video – from WCCO


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Julianne’s Dreams of Playing Goalie Come True

Julianne’s Dreams of Playing Goalie Come True. Defending The Blue Line® provides free hockey equipment to military children. Recently, Julianne’s parents ordered goalie equipment from DTBL and sent us the note below when the equipment arrived. This is why we do what we do!!!

Defending The Blue Line helps Julianne play goalie

“Julianne is 11-years-old and began playing hockey when her dad was deployed to Afghanistan with the US Army in 2009. Hockey gave her something to focus on and share with her dad. She has always wanted to play goalie but it was not an expense we could endure. She has grown into an amazing hockey player but still had dreams of defending the goal. This season she was given an opportunity to play back-up goalie with the “B” team. Although our rink has loaner gear it did not fit her well and we told her we could not afford to buy her new goalie gear. I remembered that Defending the Blue Line offers used gear to military kids and we sent in a request. We felt that even if she received just a few pieces she would benefit.”

“We received the shipment this week and words cannot express our gratitude to your organization! I was shocked to see brand new gear! She immediately put on all of the gear – I honestly thought she was going to sleep in it that night :) .”

“She played her first game in her “Super Gear” and had a shutout! Defending the Blue Line is doing amazing things.”

“Julianne is a proud Army daughter and is always understanding of the sacrifices we have to make so that her dad can continue to serve. Defending the Blueline has given her opportunities that we cannot. You have made my daughter’s dreams come true and I will be forever grateful! We will continue to pay it forward when we can.”

Warmest regards,
Sandy Alvares


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Free Hockey Camps for Military Kids Located Across the Nation

Free Hockey Camps for Military Kids Located Across the Nation. Get your camp application in now through Defending The Blue Line®.  Go to the camp page to choose your camp.

Hero Camp collage

Since 2009, Defending The Blue Line® has sent more than 1,000 kids to some of the best hockey camps in the nation. The 2014 camp schedule is up and more will be added as they come in so check back often. These camps will be located all over the nation and are available free or discounted to military children whose parents are from any of the military branches. Who’s Eligible?

Defending The Blue Line® would like to thank all of the hockey schools that have provided camps slots over the last few years.

The following hockey schools still have available slots for military kids in 2014.

Robby Glantz Hockey School, based out of Sherman Oaks, California, has over 175 Power Skating Programs across North America. Every year since 2011, they have provided one free slot for military kids to every available camp across the nation.

Carroll Goalie School is providing slots to hockey camps in various Minnesota locations. These goalie camps cover proper stance, glove positioning, goalie-specific skating, lateral movements, save techniques and establishing good work habits. CGS has provided camp slots to DTBL military kids since 2011.

Cathy’s Power Hour runs her camps at Shark’s Ice in San Jose, California. These customized power skating classes incorporate techniques to enhance the overall skill level for each player. CPH offers favorable coach-to-student ratios to provide individual attention. Cathy Andrade has provided slots to DTBL military kids since 2012.

Little Rookies is  the Dallas Stars Foundation camp program. The  program, designed by former NHL player Mike Modano, provides camps to children ages 4-8 to a FREE 4 – week program at ice rinks across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Pro Ambitions has provided discounted camp slots to Defending The Blue Line® military kids since 2012. This hockey school was founded by former NHL player Jeff Serowik. Training the future of hockey is their business. They specialize in youth boys and girls hockey camps targeting players from six to eighteen years of age.

Sniper Hockey Training is offering ALL military families involved with  Defending The Blue Line® programs, a free training session. They work with players of all ages including moms and dads. The facility is located in Maple Plain, Minnesota. They have offered this opportunity to DTBL since 2012.

visit the DTBL camp page often to watch for new camp slots. For more information on hockey schools through Defending The Blue Line® contact:

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Defending The Blue Line® Staff Email Addresses Have Been Changed To .org

All Defending The Blue Line® staff email addresses have been changed to .org addresses. We are no longer using the .com extension. Email addresses remain the same except for the change to .org.

DTBL recently experienced issues with it’s email hosting. We now have a new host and new .org addresses. If you have not received a reply to an email you have sent recently or if your emails bounced back to you, please forward them to and they will be sent to the appropriate DTBL department with the .org email address. We are sorry for the inconvenience his has caused.


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Dallas Stars Auction Off Jerseys From Military Appreciation Night

Dallas Stars Auction Off Jerseys From Military Appreciation Night.

Dallas Stars Military Appreciation Night was held on March 28th, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  The warm up jerseys from the game are being auctioned off now with a portion of the proceeds going to Defending The Blue Line®.  Get your bid in now on an awesome Stars camo jersey. The auction ends on April 4th..

Dallas Stars Jersey Auction

Thank you to Alex Goligoski and the Dallas Stars for sending 400+ Defending The Blue Line® troops to the military appreciation night. Photos from the game are coming in from the soldiers and their families. You can see more photos at  Dallas Stars Defenseman Alex Goligoski is providing four lower level tickets per game for military families during the 2013/2014 season. Read more about Alex’s Army and his support of Defending The Blue Line®.

March 28, 2014 Defending The Blue Line, Alex Goligoski, and the Dallas Stars

Defending The Blue Line®  had many visitors to the booth at the Dallas Stars Military Night game but the little guy above is why we do what we do.


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Columbus Blue Jackets Host Street Clinic for Military Kids

Columbus Blue Jackets Host Street Clinic for Military Kids

The Columbus Blue Jackets conducted a Street Hockey Clinic in Columbus, Ohio. The event was held on February 28, 2014 in a hanger on Rickenbacker Air Base. The Columbus Blue Jackets provided all the equipment to make this happen. Thank you to the Blue Jackets and everyone involved in making this event happen. More photos can be seen here.

Blue Jackets Clinic in Columbus, Ohio

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.

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


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Sign Up for the Free Hockey Camp with Coach Potulny of the Minnesota Gophers

Sign Up for the Free Hockey Camp with Coach Potulny of the Minnesota Gophers . Coach Potulny of the University of Minnesota Men’s Gopher Hockey Team is offering free camp slots to military kids for a Mite league that is going on now.  If interested please  contact Defending The Blue Line® camp coordinator KC at:

Free Mite League hockey camp MN

All the schedules and team pages can be seen at:

Thanks to the University of Minnesota Men’s Gopher Hockey Team and their Season Ticket Holders, DTBL was able to send a couple dozen military families to the games on February 14 and 15, 2014. This is only one of many events put on by the Gophers to support the military.

Read more about the Gopher’s partnership with Defending The Blue Line®.

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Cathy Andrade, Bay Area Power-Skating Coach, Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Cathy Andrade, Bay Area Power-Skating Coach, Surpasses Fundraising Goal During Skate For The Troops Event For Defending The Blue Line® And The Jr. Sharks.

Read more about the event and see the photos.

Skate For The Troops San Jose

Recap of the 1st annual Skate For The Troops and Jr. Sharks

by Sharks Ice Hockey Department

When Cathy Andrade, Bay Area power-skating coach, presented the idea to the Jr. Sharks of an event called, “Skate for the Troops”, she never imagined how successful the event would be.

Defending The Blue Line® ( and the Jr. Sharks ( joined together for the 1st Skate for the Troops & Jr. Sharks event where players collected pledges from family, friends and corporate sponsors (Wayin, HP) who joined in to support the two worthy causes.  A team of volunteers worked tirelessly over the holidays to ensure that the first annual event would be as successful as possible.

On the day of the event, Sharks Ice in San Jose was buzzing with excitement!  Outside everyone enjoyed looking at the military Hummer vehicle brought by the U. S. Army.   Inside the complex, Graf Canada sponsored an equipment drive which brought in approximately 500 pieces of hockey equipment that will be shipped to families of the military throughout the globe.  On Center Ice, the players enjoyed a free skate session and received dog tags for raffle prizes.  Suited up in his Camouflage fatigues, SJ Sharkie, stopped by to join in the fun.  Upstairs, parents, family and friends had an opportunity to bid on an array of gift baskets.  The baskets filled with donated items were a hit and bidding was brisk.

There was a lot of excitement around the leader board.  The board was especially made for the event as an Eagle Scout project by Jordan Manning.  Dan Rusanowsky and Jamie Baker kept the excitement going by announcing the standings of pledges collected by each team.  As the morning went on, the excitement grew.  The team collecting the most pledges earned a team visit by NHL Sharks Brett Burns as well as each member of the winning team received a signed #88 team jersey!  The runner-up prize was NHL Sharks coaches attending and running the team practice (PeeWee AA Team). Additionally, signed DTBL military jerseys were awarded for top donations of the day (Bivolcic) and top individual fundraisers of the event (Harrenstien, Sweeney).

As the event came to a close, and all the pledges were totaled, the winning team was announced.  The Squirt ’03 team had earned the Brett Burns visit and jerseys!  The boys were ecstatic!  And, as Cathy was handed the final tally of pledges collected, not only was the goal set forth surpassed, but her dream had come true!   A huge thank you to players, family and corporate sponsors the event brought in a little over $60, 000!  It was a successful day indeed!


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