Last year, the Minnesota Wild made the amazing gesture of hosting a camo sweater night to benefit a cause near and dear to my heart, Defending the Blue Line. The camo sweater was not a new idea, but it was a popular one, raising a large sum of money to help keep military kids playing hockey.
Now, our friends at the University of Minnesota Duluth have decided they want in on the helping out. November 11th (Veteran's Day), the Bulldogs will wear sweaters similar to the mock-up seen above which will then be auctioned off during the game. The proceeds will benefit the hockey camp put on by the Stauber brothers in Duluth for DTBL.
The sweaters will be numbered, but will not have the players' names on them, as per NCAA rules. However, it sounds like they will be autographed.
If you are in the Duluth area, be sure to head to the game that night, and be sure to pick up one of these rare treasures. Bid high. Every dime goes to a great cause. Plus... they're pretty awesome.
This is a first look, so small details may change, but we will keep you posted, of course. Press release, after the jump.
UMD BULLDOGS TO HOST CAMO JERSEY NIGHT
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT DEFENDING THE BLUE LINE IN DULUTH AREA
DULUTH, Minn. (October 25, 2011) - Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) is proud to announce that the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Men's Hockey team will wear camouflage jerseys during warm-ups on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2011 before their WCHA matchup against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. The sweaters will then be autographed by the players and auctioned off to benefit the Stauber Brothers hockey camp for military kids in the Duluth area.
Per NCAA rules, the sweaters will not include player names, however they will be numbered and unique to that player. Sweaters will be auctioned off during the game at Amsoil Arena, with bidding closing at the beginning of the third period. Opening bid for each sweater will be $150 (USD).
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 sending many deserving families down to Xcel Energy Center for a night of fun at a Minnesota Wild game.
Defending The Blue Line is excited for this opportunity to further help military families and celebrate the service of our military heroes. Keeping the kids of military families focused and active in hockey is a great way to help keep their minds off of a parent's upcoming deployment.
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Defending The Blue Line