Check out Defending The Blue Line’s new You Tube page and see the new Public Service Announcement.
Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks has announced his official endorsement of Defending The Blue Line.
The New York Islanders have given DTBL their official endorsement. Plus Matt Martin of the Islanders has purchased 2 lower level tickets for every Isles home game this year for DTBL.
DTBL would like to thank Hockey Giant for their generous donation of $5000 in gear. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with this great company. Thank you for helping military kids play hockey!
Defending The Blue Line has a few new things on their merchandise web site inlcuding a short sleeve tee shirt, blue wristband, key chain, and some foam hockey pucks for the kids or kids at heart.
If you missed the news video on KSTP, here is the story:
A Maple Grove soldier’s service in the middle east just earned a very special gift for two of his daughters back home.
When one parent goes overseas, the other parent has to do the jobs of both dad and mom. That’s a lot to handle, especially when your kids are like the two 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS met.
For six year old Madison and nine year old Megan, it’s not the end of summer, it’s the beginning of hockey season.
“Both of them love to be out on the ice. I can’t keep ‘em off,” said their mom, Melissa Soukup.
A new season means new gear and a new worry for mom.
“Just the time involved in going out and trying to figure out which equipment to choose was something I was not looking forward to.”
Soukamp’s husband Troy would normally take care of all that, but he’s in the Minnesota National Guard currently stationed in Kuwait.
That’s where an organization called Defending the Blue Line comes in.
“It’s like Christmas for them. They come in and get new gear and go out the door knowing that this hockey season’s taken care of,” said Shane Hudella, founder of the organization.
For Megan and Madison, that means new pads, new skates, even new helmets. For mom, who’s playing the role of two parents for now, it means so much more.
“I don’t even have an idea of how many people are behind the scenes on making sure this is working for the military,” she said.
Thanks to the US Army’s Golden Knights, DTBL’s Shane Hudella took a dive.
Make sure to check out KSTP (Channel 5) News tonight at 6. They were out at DTBL HQ today in Hastings, MN to do an interview.
Watch here for the October date when Defending The Blue Line will be featured on the AOL.comhomepage in the Daily Impact section.
From AOL: “AOL Impact is a daily introduction of causes close to our heart. We connect people with charities, make it easy to get involved, and share the missions of organizations simply doing amazing things.”