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Burns and Havlat Buy Suites to Benefit Others

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE – Two of the newest members of the San Jose Sharks, defenseman Brent Burns and forward Martin Havlat, have each invested in a lease to utilize one of HP Pavilion’s Citrix Suites for the 2011-12 season and plan on donating the seats to benefit others from local Bay Area communities.

Burns plans on continuing his charitable program that he founded in Minnesota, “Burnzie’s Battalion,” making his suite available to the members of the Armed Services and their families.

Burns is a long-time supporter of “Defending the Blue Line,” a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our Nation’s military heroes.

Defending The Blue Line’s mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

“I have a history of my family being involved in the military so I have a passion for supporting people who put everything on the line to serve their country,” said Burns.

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Havlat, in conjunction with the Sharks Foundation, plans to make tickets to his suite available to various Bay Area organizations that support local underprivileged families and children with illness and their families. Like Burns, he also previously made a suite available for charitable purposes at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“It’s great to give kids who normally would not be able to come to games a chance to see us play,” said Havlat. “I always enjoy looking up and seeing a full suite of people enjoying themselves.”

“We are very appreciative that these players have stepped up and made a significant investment in our organization as well as in our local community,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson.

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