University of Minnesota Gophers Hockey
On September 22, 2012, representatives from Defending The Blue Line met with the MN Gophers. DTBL is excited for the partnership with the Gophers. Click on a photo to go to the gallery:
October 26, 2012 - Military Appreciation Night
Friday, October 26, 2012 was Military Appreciation night as the MN Gophers squared off against the U18 National team at 7pm. The Gophers recognized several military families from MN during the event. DTBL provided Youth Flag Captains, and an Honorary Puck Drop Family for this event.
The U also held a silent auction for DTBL and an equipment drive. Additionally, DTBL was honored to have former Gopher Alumni and NHLer's Brian Bonin and Robb Stauber signing autographs at our DTBL booth.
Watch the video of the game and event here...
December 30, 2012 - Intermission Shootout
Defending The Blue Line was part of an intermission shootout at the Gopher Hockey game on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Luke Harris (Shooter) and Joey Hudella (Goalie) were the team that DTBL sent to Mariucci Arena. The boys are from the Squirt B & C Division. Luke and Joey won the shootout and each was rewarded with a $20 gift card from Dicks Sporting Good. Thank you to the MN Gophers for providing tickets and the shootout for DTBL to participate in.
See the video of the shootout here….
Gopher Jersey Auction - February 2013
During February of 2013 the Minnesota Gophers Hockey Team wore commemorative jerseys for the Office Max Hockey City Classic. The jerseys were then auctioned off on the DTBL website. The uniform was a replica of the Gophers' jersey from the 1960-1961 season. At unveiling ceremonies on the outdoor rink at Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, head coach Don Lucia pointed out those years marked the start of a resurgence in Gopher hockey, spearheaded by then-freshman Lou Nanne. This is an authentic jersey that was worn by the players during that weekend's series against Wisconsin.
The Jersey auction raised more than $25,000 For DTBL and the military kids. Thank you to the Gophers!
Defending The Blue Line presented the Gophers with a flag flown in Afghanistan for their tremendous support with this event.