In April of 2013 Defending The Blue Line started a petition to help Cleland Ice Rink at Ft. Bragg stay open for the summer so that the military kids could continue with their love of hockey. Along with the Fort Bragg leadership and the help of the Carolina Hurricanes, it is going to stay open.
Captain Matthew Lunn of DTBL is the program manager from the Tampa area. This is a story about his mission on getting DTBL known in Florida.
Shane Hudella, the Hastings man who founded Defending the Blue Line, stands in front of Air Force Two, which he flew on to Afghanistan in December.
Matt Hendricks, a member of the National Hockey League who plays for the Washington Capitals, said he "met a lot of tremendous men and women" during this year's USO holiday tour sponsored by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.
DTBL president, Shane Hudella joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on the Holiday USO Tour. Also joining them were singer Kellie Pickler, Washington Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler and Craig Stamme, Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, and comedian and host of the CBS show "Excused" Iliza Shlesinger
The Minnesota Adjutant General held a town hall meeting at the Hastings MN National Guard Armory. At the meeting, DTBL representatives Chris Blauert and Rick Erredge presented information to the General and his staff about DTBL.
Hastings-based non-profit that raises money and helps military families keep their kids on the ice when dad, or mom, is serving overseas.
The special visit was developed through the Ducks’ support of Defending the Blue Line.
Hockey players with the San Diego Jr. Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks and Shane Hudella were afforded the opportunity to tour.
Veterans United Home Loans featured DTBL on their Google+ page from June 8-29, 2012.
A story about DTBL's president and founder, Shane Hudella and the organization he started to help military kids play hockey.
Dr. Jill Biden, Mrs. Deanie Dempsey and USO President Sloan Gibson congratulate the finalists and winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge at the Pentagon.
A Hastings nonprofit is getting national attention for providing gear and funds to help the kids of military families play hockey.
Shane Hudella, Minnesota National Guard master sergeant, was chaperoning a hockey camp for military kids in Spooner, Wis., last August when he found out one of his wards was talking on the dormitory phone at 3 a.m.
The NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund was part of a very special night in St. Paul, Minnesota, as they were invited to meet with several military families from the state, who wanted an opportunity to thank Goals & Dreams for an equipment grant they received earlier in the year.
DTBL is helping military families with struggles and obstacles when parents are deployed,