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North Dakota Roughriders

Read this great article about the North Dakota Guardsmen supporting military youth through a local hockey tournament.

DTBL Helps Facilitate Minnesota Made Mask

Maj. Darrin Janisch of the Minnesota National Guard hopes to lead team USA to victory in the Armed Forces game against Canada during 2015 Hockey Day Minnesota.

Keeping Military Families in the Game - November 11, 2014

An ESPN NHL interview with Wade Scott who was shot between seven and nine times on a hostage rescue mission.

California National Guard Awards Commendation Medals to Brent Burns and Shane Hudella - November 1, 2014

California National Guard’s Brig. Gen. Sylvia Crockett awarded National Hockey League star Brent Burns along with his family and nonprofit Defending the Blue Line® founder, Shane Hudella and his wife with the California Commendation medals. Read the entire article.

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Danny Receives New Sled From Defending The Blue Line® - September 2014

DTBL purchases a new hockey sled today for a special military kid who doesn't skate traditionally.

Airman handcrafts hockey rink, first in AOR - March 2014

Airman 1st Class Joshua Hanson, 386th Expeditionary Communication Squadron, developed a proposal to construct a near arena-size hockey rink at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Watch the video.

The Bulls Sheet: Defending The Blue Line & Shane Hudella -  February 2014

Martha Hughes of The Bulls Sheet interviews DTBL founder and president, Shane Hudella.

Leap of Faith - December 2013

The military story of SFC Wade Scott and also of DTBL's move to a new warehouse.

Defending The Blue Line® Texas representative is recognized - January 14, 2014

Steve Bell, DTBL Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area representative is recognized.

$3,000 Wild Raffle Goes To ‘Perfect’ Family In Need

Josh Wagner is just 22 and he thought he beat his cancer once only to have it show up again in his lungs months later. A little financial help came when his parent won the Minnesota Wild raffle which was sponsored by Defending The Blue Line®.

Lest We Forget - November 11, 2013

The and several pro players recognize Defending The Blue Line® and how it helps military families with hockey.

"Defending the Blue Line®" descends on Tampa Bay - May 27, 2013

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.

Canes to Celebrate Fort Bragg Ice Rink with Clinics - April 2013

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.


Helping Hands - April 2013

Defending the Blue Line® helps kids of servicemen stay connected to the greatest sport on Earth. An article from

Hastings-based non-profit continues rapid growth - March 2013

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.

Washington Capital Matt Hendricks Meets Praises Overseas - December 19, 2012

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 On The USO Holiday Tour 2012 - December 2012

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

DTBL Makes Presentation at Town Hall Meeting in Hastings, MN - December 13, 2012

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.

Charitable Donations Suffer During NHL Lockout - October 11, 2012

Hastings-based non-profit that raises money and helps military families keep their kids on the ice when dad, or mom, is serving overseas.

Ducks Visit Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with DTBL - August 2012

The special visit was developed through the Ducks’ support of Defending the Blue Line.


DTBL at Miramar - August 24, 2012

Hockey players with the San Diego Jr. Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks and Shane Hudella were afforded the opportunity to tour.

5 Best Military Sports Charities and Organizations

Veterans United Home Loans featured DTBL on their Google+ page from June 8-29, 2012. 

Vet Uses Hockey To Give Back To Military Families - ESPN W

A story about DTBL's president and founder, Shane Hudella and the organization he started to help military kids play hockey.


Giving Kids A Shot

A Hastings nonprofit is getting national attention for providing gear and funds to help the kids of military families play hockey.

Mission: Keep Kids On The Ice

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.

Burnzie's Battle Honours - December 21, 2010

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.

Military Children Receive Charitable Assist From Hockey - July 16, 2010

DTBL is helping military families with struggles and obstacles when parents are deployed,

A Reason To Remember: Brent Burns - November 9, 2010

Those who have followed the Minnesota Wild since its inception have watched the career development of Brent Burns since he was 18.

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