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Defending The Blue Line Charity Game

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Several National Hockey League players are set to participate in a charity game hosted by Defending the Blue Line, a charity that assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey.

Wild players Josh Harding and Nate Prosser are two of a handful of NHL players that are scheduled to appear in an NHL Player Charity Game and Autograph Session hosted by Defending the Blue Line and presented by Gander Mountain on Wednesday, June 20 at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

Other players currently scheduled to participate include Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils), Matt Hendricks (Washington Capitals), Jamie McBain (Carolina Hurricanes), as well as Jordan Parise and USA Hockey star Gigi Marvin. Other NHL players participating in the game will be announced on

Schedule of events:

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

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at 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 prizes.

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.

Gander Mountain, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a “We Live Outdoors®” culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 114 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 23 states.

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