Our Mission:

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 hockey equipment (courtesy of the National Hockey League Player Association’s Goals and Dreams Foundation, Easton, and Graf Canada), access to some of the finest summer hockey camps at no cost, and grants to help with local association fees.

In addition, we provide unique experiences for military families including attending National Hockey League, minor league affiliate, and collegiate hockey games.

Who We Are:

Defending The Blue Line® was established and incorporated by a group of active duty soldiers in the spring of 2009 with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation’s military heroes. We have been designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS. Tax ID# 27-0711063.

DTBL is governed by a board of directors that is comprised of senior military officials, hockey executives, hockey legends and other notable figures.

As a 501(c)(3) foundation, we accept no public funding for our charitable program. DTBL operates solely from private and corporate donations and has been able to give back an astonishing 85% of our revenues to military families.


Interested in learning more about how to volunteer with Defending The Blue Line® or how to apply for one of our programs?  See our contacts to determine how we can help you.


Currently, Defending The Blue Line® has service members and other volunteers helping to run our program in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Washington DC, North Caronlina, Florida, Ohio, Washington, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Minnesota. They plan fundraisers for donations which are used to buy hockey equipment and provide grants for association dues for the children of military parents. Our staff plan events and find sponsors to host these events. They locate hockey camps for military children of all ages. They locate corporate partners, hockey players, and pro teams to endorse DTBL. We have an outstanding team of volunteers working hard every day. Our organization could not function without the efforts of our staff.  Learn more about these dedicated individuals.

Our Giving:

Defending The Blue Line® gives aid to hockey-loving military families in several ways.  See how we help keep hockey alive for the children of those families.


Several families of servicemen and women have taken the time to write about their experiences with Defending The Blue Line® and its players, teams, and corporate sponsors.  Read a selection of those testimonials here.

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