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Irish Hockey To Hold Online Jersey Auction From Jan. 23-31
Senior left wing Nick Larson in spearheading this weekend's jersey auction to benefit Defending The Blue Line.  He is seen here wearing one of the special jerseys available through the online auction from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31 at UND.com.
 
Senior left wing Nick Larson in spearheading this weekend's jersey auction to benefit Defending The Blue Line. He is seen here wearing one of the special jerseys available through the online auction from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31 at UND.com.

Jan. 22, 2013

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Notre Dame, Ind. - The Notre Dame hockey team will participate in a special online auction tied into this weekend's games against Ferris State on Jan. 25-26 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

The Irish will wear specially designed jerseys for the series with the Bulldogs that will then be auctioned off to the highest bidders on the Notre Dame website -UND.com (http://und.cstvauctions.com/gallery.cfm?cat_id=5). The proceeds from the auction will then go to Defending The Blue Line, a great organization that helps kids in military families stay in the game of hockey despite the significant family stresses brought about by additional training and deployment requirements.

To date, Defending The Blue Line has helped over 5,000 military hockey families with equipment, hockey camps, special events like family NHL games, and financial assistance for fees associated with hockey. The group was recognized in 2011 by the White House in a special service hosted by Michelle Obama, and has been featured in major dailies across the nation. Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News ran a feature Defending The Blue Line in its popular program "People Making A Difference."

The fund-raising effort is being spearheaded by Irish senior left wing Nick Larson (Apple Valley, Minn.) who got involved with organization due through his father - Dan Larson.

"My dad is involved with Defending The Blue Line which is based in Minnesota," said Larson.

"I've done some things in the past with them, like skating at events with groups of other college and NHL players to help raise money for this cause."

Bidding for the jerseys is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 23 at Noon and will run through the remainder of January, ending on Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. (EST). Bids on the jerseys will start at $200.00 with all the proceeds benefitting Defending The Blue Line.

 

 

Fans must be registered to bid on these special jerseys by setting up an auction profile (user name/password/billing information) in advance. To register a new profile, link to http://und.cstvauctions.com/gallery.cfm?cat_id=5. The winning bidder has the option to have their jersey autographed by the player wearing it, and also one additional player (NCAA rules stipulate a minimum of two signatures per jersey).

"The idea for the jersey auction was based on what Kevin Deeth did a few years back with the Wounded Warriors and then knowing about Defending the Blue Line gave me the idea to put the two things together," says Larson.

"The last jersey auction that the Notre Dame hockey team was involved with was a huge success due to the contributions of our fans, former players and alumni. I can't think of a better group - our servicemen and their families - to try to raise money to help them for all the sacrifices that they make for our country."

While the online auction is one way to contribute to this event, Notre Dame hockey will have several options available at the games versus Ferris State. Team memorobilia will be available in a silent auction that will be held each night during the Ferris State series. Fans can also just make a flat donation to the cause online when they CLICK HERE.

On Friday, Jan. 25, a Humvee will be parked outside the Compton Family Ice Arena for fan photo opportunities. On Sat., Jan 26, the Humvee will be driven on the ice during the first intermission for a Chuck-A-Puck Promotion with fans aiming for an artillery shell placed at center ice. Closest to center ice will receive a Reebok "Defending the Blue Line" jersey like the team will be wearing that night. Pucks will cost $5.00 with all the proceeds going to Defending the Blue Line.

"It's the Notre Dame culture with every sport to get involved in the community," explains Larson.

"With the hockey team whenever we have a chance to get out in the community, we do it because we are given so much on a daily basis. There is no reason why we shouldn't be out giving back and this is an excellent opportunity for everyone to do something for the families who help defend our nation."

Event Calendar

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October 2
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

Live Streaming
Live Streaming
October 7
7:35 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 8
7:05 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 15
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 21
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 22
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
October 27
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 28
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 12
7:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 13
3:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 17
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 18
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:35 PM
Holy Cross
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 26
7:35 PM
Clarkson/Yale
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 2
6:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)

ASN
December 3
7:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
December 10
7:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
December 31
4:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 1
2:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 6
7:35 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 7
7:05 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 13
7:35 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 14
7:05 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 20
7:35 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 21
7:05 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 28
7:05 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
February 3
7:35 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 4
6:30 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 10
7:05 PM
Maine
Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)
February 11
7:05 PM
Maine
Orono, Maine (Alfond Arena)
February 17
7:35 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 18
7:05 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

ASN
February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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