NHLPA is one of the largest contributors to DTBL. The NHLPA Goals and Dreams Foundation has donated over $250,000 in equipment and financial support to DTBL. With their help DTBL has been able to outfit over 400 military kids, from all over the world, with top of the line gear. Families request the gear, sign for it, and when it is outgrown they return it to be sterilized and re-issued. DTBL is truly grateful for the massive amount of support both financially and logistically that they have provided to military families.
On June 20, 2012 DTBL sponsored an NHL Players Charity Game at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus. Prior to the pro players suiting up to help our cause, we were lucky enough to have the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Foundation staff , along with a few of the pro’s, host a great 1 hour clinic for over 50 local military kids. The kids received some great training from the likes of Nate Prosser, Tom Chorske, Aaron Boogaard, Zach McKelvie, and Matt Langen from the NHLPA.
It was a dream come true for the service members’ kids, who represented every branch of the military. Each skater went home with some new training tips, a trophy, a jersey, and most of all the memory of a lifetime. This was such a great night to have the kids out to skate, then get a few autographs, and finally watch their idols put on a show in team Army’s 7-5 victory. Thank you to NHLPA for coming out and supporting such an awesome evening.