Memorials

In Memory of Randall M. Scott

Donations have been made to DTBL in honor of Randall M. Scott by:

Robin Pelton - You have left a piece of yourself in everyone you knew. You will be forever missed.

Glen Lyons

Jack Beukema - Thank you for your dedication and coaching to youth hockey.

Alan Kikuyama - I was so glad to have visited with Randy and Sandy at a chance meeting at Renwood Winery last year.  He left us with much dignity.

Jack Beukema - Thank you for your dedication and coaching to youth hockey.

Tonya Tays

 

Harvey Dean

A donation to DTBL has been made by Susan Dean in memory of Harvey Dean.

 

Col. Joseph Pexa   

A donation has been made to DTBL by Joseph Chamberlin in memory of Col. Joseph Pexa.   

 

Dr. Richard Norby

Donations to DTBL in memory of Dr. Richard Norby have been made by:

Amy Binkowski - Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but I firmly believe that they are always with us in our hearts and in the memories that we have of them.

Joseph Thro

Elizabeth Cliffe - Dick was a wonderful friend to my mom Ann, and dad Skip at Waverly Gardens. I will remember his warm smile, kind heart, stories about being a hockey captain, and the colorful patients he tended to in Cleveland.

Steven Kirsch

 

William "Bill" Irving

Donations to DTBL have been received in memory of William "Bill" Irving:

Paul Wm McKenna Jr: "We miss you Bill!"

Mayewski Family:  "In memory of a great leader and mentor to our kids."

 

Mark Peterson 

A donation has been made to DTBL in memory of Mark Peterson, a man who passed on his love of hockey to his two sweet daughters. - Ethan Cantor

 

Sgt. Bryan Opskar

A donation has been made to DTBL in memory of Sgt. Opskar by the Princeton Youth Hockey Association. Every year, the Princeton Youth Hockey Association holds a special event in honor of Sgt. Bryan Opskar, who was killed 7/23/05 in Iraq. The donation to DTBL was raised by their tournament. People that come to this tournament purchase a puck. In between periods they throw the pucks on the ice from the stands and the one that is closest to the middle blue circle on the red line wins half the pot. This year the Princeton Youth Hockey Association chose DTBL to receive the other half because they wanted to do something special in memory of Sgt Bryan Opskar, due to his love for the game of hockey.

"Bryan was a natural on the ice from the beginning and was fortunate to skate with most of the same players from ice mites through high school. He was part of several successful teams. After graduating From High School in 1991, Bryan played two years of junior hockey, with the Tri Metro Whalers from Anoka then the Kings of Fargo-Moorhead . He was then recruited to play for Concordia College in Moorhead in 93-94. Bryan was described by his coaches there as a hard-nosed, disciplined player, who practiced the hardest and led by example-- an excellent team player. In 1998 Bryan joined the Marine Corp. He was stationed in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA for four years, during which time he did two deployments to Okinawa, Japan and then the Iraq invasion in March of 2003. In 2004 he re-enlisted and moved to Camp LeJeune, NC. He Married Leandra, the love of his life, on December 31, 2004. On March 5, 2005, he deployed to Iraq assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Bryan was killed in action on July 23, 2005 while conducting combat operation near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. Bryan loved the game of Hockey. Princeton Youth Hockey Association honors Bryan each year by hosting their Bryan Opskar Memorial Tournament and Princeton High School Hockey honor Bryan each year with the award appropriately called the UNSUNG HERO AWARD, each year this award is given to the player on the Boys Hockey Team who leads by example without glorifying himself. Quiet but willing to do his job without question and will do what is needed without hesitation for his teammates and coaches." - Princeton Youth Hockey Association

 

Vincent Compitiello

A donation has been made to DTBL in memory of Vincent Compitiello, who passed away at age 11. - Elizabeth Gaffin.

 

JP 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 - Shane Hudella, president and founder of Defending The Blue Line

In lieu of flowers, the family of JP Parise has requested that memorials be directed to Defending The Blue Line, a cause dear to J.P.’s heart. The entire memorial from DTBL along with donor names and comments can be seen on the memorial page for Mr. Parise.

 

Richard Stephens

A donation has been made to DTBL In loving memory of Richard Stephens, loving father and hero to son Matt - Nicole Kimbrough

 

Scott Olson

Donations have been made to DTBL in honor of Scott from:

We extend our sincere sympathy to Scott's family - Audrey Stein and Dale Levine

Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers has made a donation in memory of Scott, who volunteered his time as a youth referee.

In memory of Scott Olson, who tirelessly worked to support the Defending The Blue Line organization in the Dallas/Fort Worth area - Don Fritschel

 

J. MICHAEL DUFFY

Obituary:  "J. Michael Duffy, devoted father, grandfather and husband died on Wednesday October 15, 2014 in Harwich, MA after a courageous battle with cancer. His daughters were by his side. He was 72.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Defending the Blue Line."

DTBL would like to express their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Duffy and to say thank you for helping to support the military children who want to play hockey.

Donations in honor of J. Michael Duffy have come in from:

The Murphy Family

Karen Moore

Deirdre Greelish

Patricia Barrington

Becky and Bob Coletta - "Mike loved watching his grandsons play hockey, and would hope that others can experience the game while their parents are serving our country."

Lawrence Bennett - "Mike Joe Duffy Rest in Peace my friend I will miss you."

Joanne Leone

 

WO1 SEAN MULLEN

Sean was a great person, leader and friend.  He challenged everyone he met to fulfill their potential and to work for the greater good.  The world is bereft with his passing, but he will be remembered with love and smiles. - All of humanity

 

Richard Curadi

View the DTBL memorial page and donors for Richard Curadi.

The outpouring of memorials to DTBL in memory of Richard has been amazing. Thank you to the Curadi family and to all who donated for supporting the military kids with their dreams of playing hockey. - DTBL

 

Vic St. Martin

The following donations have been made to Defending The Blue Line® in memory of Vic St. Martin:

Vic was a hockey coach for many years and loved all hockey! - Bob & Chris Lewis

In memory of my dear brother, Vic St. Martin, who was noted to be by many, one of the best high school hockey coaches in the Twin Cities who died on 5/5/14. RIP dear Vic... - Jane Pomaville

Mr. Vic St. Martin was a hockey icon in the state of Minnesota, who recently passed away. He built the Tartan High School hockey program from the ground up. He loved hockey. - David Kangas

My brother Vic St Martin played, coached and loved hockey his whole life. He was well respected by his players and fellow coaches. He is missed by many and is loved by all his family. I  also want to mention Daniel Carlson III who recently died at age 24....one of his great loves was hockey...he played every week. Also will be missed by so many. - Kathy Kopka

Tim Pomaville donated in memory of Vic St. Martin

 

Irene J. Giannetti

A donation was made to DTBL by the Olenick family in honor of Irene J. Giannetti.

 

Donation to DTBL

In loving memory of my brother and to all of those who serve. - David Bivolcic

   

Joseph David Smith

A donation to DTBL has been made in memory of our dear nephew who loved loved working with kids and teaching them hockey and was a big supporter of the military and its families. - Melody Haakenson

 

Stephanie Bennett - Devils SuperRink Goalie

Donations to DTBL have been made in memory of Stephanie Bennett from:

Thank you for keeping the puck out the net for all for all of these years. Rest in peace. - Chris Hanson

In memory of Stephanie Bennett. - Martha Cianchette

Stephanie was a good goalie, player and person, and will be missed. - Peter Benson


Conrad Petzel

Visit Conrad's Defending The Blue Line® memorial page.

Donations to DTBL in memory of Conrad Petzel have come in from:

John Kunnari

Adam Carter - In memory of Conrad Petzel, an overall great guy and fan of hockey

Erik Petzel - In memory of Conrad Petzel, my uncle, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a hockey fan and supporter of youth hockey. You'll always be remembered.

Chris and Amy Nylander

Marilyn Anderson

Annette Savage

Christine Donnelly - In Honor of our dear friend Conrad Petzel. We will miss you dearly buddy! ~ Your Friends at Tradition Wealth Management

Cal Anderson - In honor of Conrad A Petzel From JJ Taylor of Minnesota

Nicole Cleland

Zeke Berg

Ross Buchanan

Christine Johnston

Jill DuLac

E. Michelle Drake

John Thurmes

Russel and Geraldine Geerdes

Dentistry for Children & Adolescents

Nancy Eckman

Amy Andersen

Lois Butterfield

Rich Halvorson

Carol Ransome

Laura Ramme Giertsen

Matthew Isaacson

In memory of Conrad Petzel. You will be missed. With love, your Target Friends: Mark S., Brandon B., Ray B., Sandy E., Lara & Kurt K., and Rick & Holly S.

Tessa Adams

From the Gladys Skoe Barron family in memory of her nephew, Conrad Petzel. He is in God's loving hand's and with Bena and Stan. God's Blessing to his family from Aunt Gladys, cousins Cathy (Barron) Hagen, Lee Barron, and Darby Barron.

Craig Wait

Robert Gandrud

Therace Risch

Anthony Westendorp - JP (Hornet), what a great photo of you and your Dad...I will always remember how proud he was of you and how much love, laughter and happiness he brought to so many of us that were blessed to know him. Our love and prayers go out to you and family on this day. God Bless!

Jenny, you and your family are in our prayers. Jim, Sarah, Christopher, Stephen and Ivy Jacobs

Linda and Greg Olson

Heidi Bellefy

Jim, Deb, Sam and CC

Brenda Seidl - Our deepest sympathies. Rest in peace Conrad.

Debb and Doug Storsved

Christie Anderson

Elizabeth Kostelc

Janet SandersonOur love to all the Petzels. We have fond memories of hours spent watching our boys play the sport they still love!

Daniel Carroll

Cynthia Carlson

Kim Pham, John Lamberta and Colleen Turbak

Scott Beuning

Gregory Canfield - Thanks for the ride Love you Rads!

Sheila Dols

Ted and Sara Sampsell-Jones

Dale, Carole, Todd, Willie, and Tommy

Blake Kloeckner

Chad Boettcher



 

Derek Boogaard

Donation made in honor of Derek Boogaard & all of the others who succumb to depression and over medication. He was a joy to watch on the ice. Love the enforcers. - Craig Worrell

 

Edward Mathews

I am sending a monetary donation collected during an equipment drive for DTBL at Wesco Sports, Brookfield, CT.  I would like these donations to be made in honor and memory of WWII Vet Edward Mathews, former owner of Wesco Sports, whose son, Doug Mathews now owns. - Kris Klemm (Kris Klemm has been doing an awesome job of collecting donations and equipment for DTBL for over a year now. DTBL would like to thank this young man for his dedication to helping military children play hockey).

 

Derek Boogaard

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A donation was made to DTBL in appreciation of Derek Boogaard's commitment to Defending the Blue Line and for his Parents support of me wearing number 24 for the Minnesota Wild. - Matt Cooke

 

Ed Mathews

A donation has been made to DTBL in memory of Ed Mathews - Wesco Sports 270 Federal Rd, Brookfield CT

 

Susan Huckle

A donation has been made to DTBL in memory of Susan Huckle by Robert Huckle.

Gumper

In memory of Gumper - Keri Cotton

 

Captain Dario Lorenzetti

In memory of Captain Dario Lorenzetti (75th Ranger Regiment), who died in service to our country on October 13, 2013 in Qandahar Province, Afghanistan. May he rest in peace, and may we never forget his example of bravery, commitment to doing good and the fundamental American values he died defending. - Pamela Sloan

 

Lucas John Volker

In memory of our son, Lucas John Volker. He was 36 years old and in the Army from May 1997 to May 2000.  He was killed in a work related pipline accident Sept 9, 2012, in North Dakota.  He was very proud of his Service in the Army - JoAnn Volker

 

Jack Etzel

Donation to DTBL in memory of my uncle, Jack Etzel -Darcie Miller

 

Wendell Paul Quinn

We have asked that memorial donations for Wendell Paul Quinn be directed to Defending the Blue Line.  Wendell was an avid hockey fan and had great respect for those that served in the military. He passed away unexpectedly last month - Jacki Englehardt and the Quinn Family

Donation made to DTBL from Carol Truhon

 

Kym Andrews

Jeremiah 29:11 “Cancer Sucks…Hope Does Win!”

Donation to Defending The Blue Line in honor of my wife, Kym, who passed away in April of Cancer at the age of 45 - Chris Andrews

 

Jim Wass

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I wanted to make a donation for Father's Day in honor of my amazing Dad, Jim Wass.  Jim was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly volunteered for the VFW and Wounded Warriors Foundation.  My Dad gave me the love of sports from an early age and I recently started playing hockey.  I thank him for providing me the passion and courage to start a new sport and enjoy the game.  Thank you to Defending the Blue Line for providing children with the same opportunities that my Dad provided me - Shannon Wass

 

Melvin F. Rabine  1919 - 2011  WWII 1943 -1946

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Donation to Defending The Blue Line from the memorials received by the Melvin Rabine family: "In memory of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather". We love you and we are going to miss you!

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Elroy Utpadel and Family: "In honor of Melvin Rabine".

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Bill and Joyce Kalkman: "In memory of Melvin Rabine".

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Tim and Sherry Kiefer: "In memory of Melvin Rabine".

 

Mike Kabealo

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Courtney Kabealo: "In memory of my father, Mike Kabealo".

 

John Shear

My donation is in memory of my first student pilot...John Shear.  John graduated pilot trainng with honors and was selected to fly the A-10.  John served with distinction and bravery.  He died while flying the A-10 for the United States of America - Ray C. Schulte, Jr. Major USAF (retired)

 

Ben Otradovec

Donation made as an honorarium in memory of Ben Otradovec from Bob Clark.

 

William J. Letourneau

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Mary Letourneau
in memory of William J. Letourneau:

"Veteran's Day donation".

 

Johnny F. Ridings

Donation to Defending The Blue Line from Janet Ridings
in memory of Johnny F. Ridings:

"Loved the game of hockey, was a veteran of the Vietnam error, passed away 9/28/76, loving husband and father."

 

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