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NHL Players Charity Game Benefiting Defending the Blue Line

Want Zach to sign the back of your sweater too? Here's your chance.
Want Zach to sign the back of your sweater too? Here's your chance.

Hey Wilderness, we're a bit behind on this, mostly because I'm the guy who announces things like this for DTBL and it takes me awhile to remember that it is OK to then post about it here.

Defending the Blue Line is hosting a NHL Players Game on Wednesday, June 20th at Ridder Arena. Even tdetails are below, but I highly recommend you come on out to the event. $20 for a ticket, and you get autographs, some pretty solid door prizes, and a hockey game featuring players you will never see together all in one place.

DTBL is near and dear to my heart, and it should be to yours, too. Check out the event, buy a ticket or twelve, and let's fill Ridder Arena to the rafters, shall we? Did I mention Zach Parise will be there? Well, he will be. You should be, too.

You can buy tickets right HERE.

Details after the jump.

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) is proud to announce that the organization will host an NHL Players Charity Game and Autograph Session presented by Gander Mountain on Wednesday, June 20 at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus. Players currently scheduled to participate include Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils), Josh Harding and Nate Prosser (Minnesota Wild), 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 and via social media each week leading up to the game.

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 fabulous prizes.

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

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.

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.

Players who have committed since the initial release: Aaron Boogaard, Bryce Salvador (Devils), Chad Rau (Wild), Danny Irmen, Dan Sexton (Anaheim Ducks), Derek Peltier, Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning), Shjon Podein, & Taylor Chorney (Edmonton Oilers).