Defending The Blue Line to Host NHL Player Charity Game on June 20 at Ridder Arena 18 Jun 12

DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE TO HOST NHL PLAYER CHARITY GAME PRESENTED BY GANDER MOUNTAIN EVENT TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT RIDDER ARENA

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) is proud to announce that the organization will host an NHL Players Charity Game and Autograph Session presented by Gander Mountain on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus.

Players currently scheduled to participate include Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils), Nate Prosser, Stephane Veilleux, Jeff Taffe and Chad Rau (Minnesota Wild), Matt Hendricks (Washington Capitals), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning) Jamie McBain and Casey Borer (Carolina Hurricanes), Drew Stafford (Buffalo Sabres), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton Oilers), Dan Sexton (Anaheim Ducks), Jim O’Brien (Ottawa Senators), Zach McKelvie (Boston Bruins), Mark Parrish (Buffalo Sabres) and Derek Peltier (Colorado Avalanche), as well as Shjon Podein, Aaron Boogaard, Paul Deutsch, Danny Irmen, Jordan Parise and USA Hockey stars Gigi Marvin and Erika McKenzie. The hockey stars will be joined by celebrity guests including Tim Pawlenty (Former Governor of Minnesota) and Muss (K102 DJ), as well as members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard.

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at www.DefendingTheBlueLine.org or by calling Shane Hudella at (651) 253-6737 . Groups of 20 or more will receive a discounted ticket price of $15 each. In addition, 14-seat Luxury Suites are available for $500. Player game worn jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off after the game and all fans will be entered into a raffle for Minnesota Wild Camo Sweaters, Wild game tickets and other fabulous prizes.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:15-5:15 pm. Military kids skate with the pros
5:30-6:20 p.m. Autograph session with players (free with paid admission to event)
6:45-6:55 p.m. Pre-game warm-ups
6:55-7:00 p.m. National Anthem and Ceremonial puck drop
7:00-8:00 p.m. NHL Players Charity Game to Benefit DTBL at Ridder Arena

Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers in Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer hockey camps, and send many deserving families down to Xcel Energy Center for a night of fun at a Minnesota Wild game, as well as other NHL venues.

Defending The Blue Line is excited for this opportunity to further help military families and celebrate the service of our military heroes. Keeping the kids of military families focused and active in hockey is a great way to help keep their minds off of a parent’s upcoming deployment.