Matt Dumba is turning each of his hits on the Xcel Energy Center ice this season into a charitable donation.
With the Wild playing its first home game on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, Dumba and Defending The Blue Line announced on Wednesday the launch of "Hits For Heroes." For each hit Dumba records on home ice this season, he will donate $100 to the charity.
"Defending the Blue Line provides great assistance for military families and I’m proud to support them with a program fans can get excited for and track throughout the Wild season," said Dumba. "While I’ve worn the number 24 throughout my career, I wanted to do something special to acknowledge the history and excitement the number holds for Wild fans."
Dumba's Hits For Heroes will begin during the Wild home opener on October 10, 2015.
“We’re excited to have Matt on board as our latest player ambassador. He’s full of energy, and displays the same values of integrity, work ethic, and commitment that we hold in high regard,” said Shane Hudella, President & Founder of Defending The Blue Line. “His generous gift of the “Dumba’s Hits for Heroes” campaign will be a tremendous help that directly increases the amount of military kids we can get started in hockey this year, and we are very grateful.”
A non-profit organization, Defending The Blue Line gives children of military members the opportunity to play hockey, whether it's free equipment, access to summer hockey camps, or grants.
In the 2014-15 season, Dumba had 42 hits in 58 games.
More information about Defending The Blue Line can be found here