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Defending The Blue Line helps military families get close to the ice; it gives away ninety-one percent of its earnings through awards, tickets, and hockey gear to military families.

"Since growing into a charity that partners with more than 70 NHL players and 21 U.S.-based NHL teams, Defending The Blue Line has donated hockey equipment to military kids, awarded grants, hosted camps, sent military families to NHL games for free and defrayed other costs associated with playing hockey, such as registration fees.

"Out of every dollar donated to DTBL, Hudella said 91 cents is put toward those causes. This weekend, for instance, DTBL provided military families with 60 tickets to both the 2016 NHL Alumni Game and the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). "--Brian Hedger, NHL.com

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