Defending the Blue Line Charity Game

Get your tickets today! Defending the Blue Line is a fantastic organization!  Show them some love!

Heads up folks!  Our friends at Defending the Blue Line are hosting an NHL Players Charity Game on Sunday, October 28 at Mariucci Arena and there is still time to get tickets!  They have lined up a list of players that will (for one night at least) help you forget about the NHL lockout! They have generously agreed to accept sticks for Mikko the night of the charity game at the Defending the Blue Line booth, so if you are going to the game and have a stick or two lying around that you would like to donate, feel free to bring it with you!

This game is incredibly important to DTBL, as the lockout could have lasting effects on their fundraising efforts.  Their mission at DTBL is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey, by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events and financial assistance for registration fees an other costs associated with hockey.  Wow! How awesome is that?!

In addition to collecting the sticks at the charity game, DTBL has been instrumental in the Mini-Sticks for Mikko program.  They serve as a collection/delivery point, have helped us spread the word about the project, they’ve assisted us in  securing some really cool sticks and even hosted Mikko’s family to last summer’s NHL Charity Game.  We couldn’t do it without their help!  Please join us in supporting this amazing organization!


  • 6:00 pm Doors Open
  • 6:45 Pre-Game Ceremony
  • 7:00 Game Starts
  • Tickets for all of this hockey awesomeness are only $20, all money going to a great cause!

Players scheduled to attend:

  • Keith Ballard
  • Stu Bickel
  • Justin Braun
  • Kyle Brodziak
  • Dustin Byfuglien
  • Ryan Carter
  • Cal Clutterbuck
  • Matt Cullen
  • Troy Davenport
  • Davis Drewiske
  • Matt Hndricks
  • Jack Hillen
  • Tim Jackman
  • Erik Johnson
  • Matt Kassian
  • Mikko Koivu
  • Mike Lundin
  • Ryan Malone
  • Paul Martin
  • Jimmy O’Brien
  • Kyle Okposo
  • Zach Parise
  • George Parros
  • Chris Porter
  • Darroll Powe
  • Dan Sexton
  • Clayton Stoner
  • Ryan Suter
  • James Van Reimsdyk
  • Stephane Veilleux
  • Blake Wheeler

Pretty cool huh?

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Some Special Sticks

Karis Volk

Here is Karis with the stick for Mikko! Thanks Karis! What a sweet thing to do!

Mikko received a couple of really special sticks this week!  If you follow his Caring Bridge page, you may have read that a couple of months ago, he and his family were guests at Total Hockey in Burnsville.  It was a great night for all involved.  It was there that Mikko met Karis Volk, who’s dad just happens to be friends with the BIG Mikko (Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild) and they arranged to get a stick signed by him!  How awesome is that?!

Thanks you Karis!  What a great gesture!  Mikko and his family are very touched at your generosity and kind heart!

Here’s the stick signed by Mikko Koivu!

Mikko also received a Minnesota Gopher stick signed by former Gopher coach, Doug Woog!  Ski-U-Mah!

A Minnesota Gopher stick signed by Doug Woog!

Thanks to each of you that are keeping Mikko in your thoughts!

As youth hockey season starts back up…. keep your eyes open for sticks that are give aways or sold at tournaments as keepsakes.  Perhaps the tournament directors would be willing to donate one to Mikko!  Doesn’t hurt to ask!

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We’re Still At It!

Mikko at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Transplant Center

Hey folks… it’s been a while since we’ve checked in, but rest assured we’re still at it, and in fact made a big delivery to Mikko on Monday of this week,  with a bunch of sticks that had been donated during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs via Foley’s NY Pub and Restaurant.

The sticks may have been donated a while ago, but the delivery was just in time to welcome Mikko home from a long hospital stay in which he received a stem cell transplant. The good news is that Mikko’s treatment is going according to plan, but he’s endured some really tough side effects and has had some miserable days.

Not. Fair.

Just a quick reminder that if you are interested in helping the Gegens out financially, a benefit account has been set up, which you’ll find here. Mikko’s amazing mom has had to take off a significant amount of work due to his treatment, so any bit would help.

This little guy and his family are true warriors. Please keep the sticks coming, and let the Gegens know that they aren’t in this fight alone. Your generosity with the sticks and words of encouragement continue to amaze.  Thank you!

Dangle. Snipe. Celly.