Stauber Brothers Military Heroes Hockey Camp 2012

Hockey Camp Gives Thanks To Military While Honing Skills

The second annual Stauber Brothers Military Heroes Hockey Camp concludes today at Hermantown Ice Arena - By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

About 60 children ages 6 to 14 who have parents in the military participated in the three-day camp. They came from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Admission was free.

Along with on- and off-ice training, the children took time each day to write a letter to active-duty troops currently deployed overseas, thanking them for their service to their country.

“We appreciate the commitment these parents make to our country, and this is a small way we can express our gratitude,” said Pete Stauber, organizer of the camp.

The camp was held in conjunction with Defending the Blue Line, a nonprofit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers in Minnesota. It was funded, in part, by proceeds from a jersey auction hosted by the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men’s hockey team last season.

“The Bulldogs helped make this camp possible, and we are grateful beyond words for their support,” Shane Hudella, president and founder of Defending the Blue Line, said in a news release. “With the support of the Bulldogs and Stauber Brothers Hockey, military kids in the Duluth area are going to get elite level training and have some fun at the same time.”