The Minnesota NHL Alumni Association including Brad Maxwell, Reed Larson, Tom Chorske, Brian Bellows, Jeff Nielsen, Todd Rohloff, Sean Toomey, Tom Younghans, Don Beaupre, Mike Peluso, Chris Dahlquist, Chris McAlpine, Keith Hoppe, Dan Hendrickson, Scott Anderson and Gordie Roberts will once again face the Defending The Blue Line Military All-Stars, with special guests Steve Payne and Joe Deidzic, as part of the Second Annual Skate for the Troops, being held January 21, outdoors, at the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL located at 2661 Civic Center Drive in Roseville.
This event is free and open to the public and features fundraising done by individuals and local youth hockey teams, with prizes awarded to the top three fundraisers in each category.
This year, the event moves outside and takes place on Hockey Day Minnesota and will include coverage on FOX Sports North. It is free and open to the public.
Last year’s event raised more than $10,000 to assist Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) a non profit organization helping children of military members afford every opportunity to participate in hockey by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.
The event features fundraising done by individuals and local youth hockey teams, with prizes awarded to the top three fundraisers in each category.
Prizes for top team fundraisers:
First place: Suite at a Minnesota Wild game
Second place: $1,000 grant to your local youth hockey association
Third place: $500 grant to your local youth hockey association
In addition to the prizes above, any team raising $1,500 or more will get a free dinner for 25 at Chipotle.
Prizes for top individual fundraisers:
First: Four Minnesota Wild tickets, four player signed sticks and dinner for four at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub
Second: Four Minnesota Wild tickets and four player signed jerseys
Third: Four Minnesota Wild tickets and a $500 gift card to Hockey Giant
Skate for the Troops Event Schedule:
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Individuals and teams skate laps
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. - ADM clinic hosted by Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Minnesota NHL Alumni autograph session
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Product demonstration expo
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Minnestoa NHL Alumni vs. DTBL All-stars game
Registration and more information for the event can be found here.