Tag: Defending the Blue Line

Brent Burns

Goodbye beard: Sharks’ Burns shaving for charity


Brent Burns is ditching his wild outdoorsman look, but for a good cause.

According to the Sharks, the defenseman-turned-forward will be getting rid of his famous hair and beard on November 1 to raise money for the Defending the Blue Line and Katie Moore Foundation charities. He’ll be getting a buzz cut and shaving off his full, wildman beard in an effort to raise money for both non-profits.

From now until Halloween, the Sharks are hoping to raise $5,000 for each charity and with how famous his look has become, it probably won’t take too long to meet their goal.

To make things even more crazy, one of Burns’ Sharks teammates will get to do the honors of shaving him.

“I’m sure there will be a long line of guys wanting to cut my hair,” Burns said with a laugh. “With this disaster on my face, I figured that maybe some good can come from it and we can help a couple of deserving causes.”

This sounds like a job for Tomas “Teenage Mutant Ninja” Hertl.

Minnesota Wild players to wear camouflage jerseys to support troops, charity


As the Minnesota Wild try to scrap their way to the top of the muddled Western Conference playoff bubble, they might have at least one thing on their side on Tuesday: karma. If you believe in that sort of thing.

Every Wild player will wear a camouflage jersey during their warm-ups on February 22nd as a nod to American troops in general and to support a Minnesota troop-based charity called Defending the Blue Line specifically. (You can see an example of those camo uniforms in this post’s main image of Martin Havlat’s sweater, via the Minnesota Wild Web site.)

The Wild report that every jersey will be autographed then auctioned off online between February 23rd and March 16 on the team’s community page. The proceeds will benefit Defending the Blue Line, a non-profit group described this way:

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 to Xcel Energy Center for a night of fun at a Minnesota Wild game.

For more information about the charity, visit the organization’s Web site here.

(Note: thanks to Bryan Reynolds of Hockey Wilderness for correcting the date in which the Wild will wear the special warm-up jerseys.)