Gander Mountain Stores to Host “Puck for a Buck” Fundraiser Benefiting Defending the Blue Line


Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) is proud to announce that Gander Mountain stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, and New York will host a “Puck for a Buck” fundraising campaign benefiting Defending the Blue Line. Gander Mountain customers can join Minnesota Wild players Zach Parise, Cal Clutterbuck, Clayton Stoner, and Matt Kassian in supporting DTBL from February 1, 2013, to March 30, 2013.

To participate, Gander Mountain customers simply visit a participating Gander Mountain store and purchase a paper puck at the registers. All proceeds raised will go directly to Defending the Blue Line. The pucks can be personalized and hung on the wall at the store. Gander Mountain customers are encouraged to visit for more details on the fundraiser.

Shane Hudella, Founder and President of DTBL, said, “”Gander Mountain has emerged as a premier partner of Defending The Blue Line, and this initiative is just another example of their dedication to our cause. It’s through the generosity of great organizations like Gander Mountain that we are able to continue our mission of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation’s heroes, and we are truly thankful for their help.”

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 NHL venues across the country for a night of fun at NHL games.

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 119 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 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.

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