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Sharks Ice and Defending the Blue Line Team up for Equipment Drive

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks


SAN JOSE, California –
Sharks Ice, the Junior Sharks and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have teamed up with Cathy’s Power Hour and ”Defending The Blue Line” to raise hockey equipment for children of military members. In December, bins were placed at all three of the Sharks Ice facilities to gather donations which streamed in from hockey players of all ages.

The equipment drive was a huge success, with donations coming in for both youth and adults. Some of the equipment included: 113 pairs of skates, 148 shoulder pads, 89 pairs of elbow pads, 143 pairs of shin guards, 54 helmets, 102 pairs of gloves, and hundreds of jerseys, pants and socks, as well as equipment for goaltenders. Additionally, the drive received a monetary donation of $1000 from Sony Playstation and 60 full sets of brand new youth equipment from Graf Canada. The success of the equipment drive at Sharks Ice prompted founder of Defending The Blue Line Shane Hudella to visit San Jose and celebrate. All of the equipment donated will be shipped to the Defending The Blue Line headquarters in Minnesota, where it will be redistributed across the country upon request to children of military members.

Burns has been a major supporter of Defending The Blue Line since 2009. This past summer, Burns played in a charity hockey game in Southern California to help raise funds for the organization and has purchased one of HP Pavilion’s Citrix Suites, which is dubbed “Burnzie’s Battalion.” Burns makes tickets available the families of present and former military members. Burns’ signature charity line of clothing, “Gongshow Gear” donates $20 from every shirt or hat purchased to Defending The Blue Line.

Defending the Blue Line makes the effort to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. They accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey. The efforts they have made have earned them distinction as a second place finalist for Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Community Challenge.

The contest is for recognition of non-profit organizations that foster the strengthening of bonds between military families and the communities in which they live and that play a vital role in helping these families cope with the unique needs that surface as a result of deployment. To make a donation or for more information on Defending The Blue Line, go to http://www.defendingtheblueline.org/ or contact Bryan Reynolds at (763)226-6959 or by email at Bryan@DefendingTheBlueLine.com.

Cathy’s Power Hour is hosted by power skating coach Cathy Andrade, who trains skaters locally at Sharks Ice. For more info, go to http://cathyspowerskating.com/

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