Defending the Blue Line: Keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation’s heroes


With the holidays right around the corner, NoVa Caps is spotlighting the  well-known organization called Defending the Blueline.

Defending the Blue Line, or DTBL, is on a mission to make sure children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.  DTBL has provided over $3 million dollars worth of hockey equipment, game tickets, cash grants, and summer camps to military families across the US & Canada.  DTBL is supported by 19 NHL teams, to include your Washington Capitals; individual NHL players also support DTBL, to include current Capitals Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner and former Capitals Jack Hillen and Matt Hendricks.  However, player contributions don’t stop on the ice, the Washington Nationals Craig Stammen is also a supporter of DTBL.  To date, DTBL has helped over 10,000 military families keep or start their kids in hockey.

If you’d like to get involved with DTBL, click here:

You can also give to their holiday donation program before December 31st here:

If you would like to donate, especially with the holidays approaching, click here:

The organization’s holiday drive ends December 31.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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