MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Most die-hard Gopher hockey fans would love to own one of the throwback jerseys worn by the men's team in last weekend's Hockey City Classic.
The opportunity to help a good cause might make the prospect even more attractive.
Defending the Blue Line (DTBL) announced Wednesday that the ongoing Hockey City Classic jersey auction is being extended by two days, until Sunday, February 24th at 3 p.m.
DTBL is also adding an old-school coach's letter jacket to the auction. The jacket will come with an autographed picture of head coach Don Lucia. Fans can bid on the jerseys on DTBL's website.
The initial interest in the Gopher jersey auction actually brought down the DTBL auction site.
In addition to adding additional bidding days to offset the down time on the website, the University of Minnesota also requested the auction be extended through the weekend to provide the opportunity to inform Golden Gopher hockey fans at the team's upcoming home stand against the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
The Gophers and DTBL have partnered on several initiatives recently. "The support of the Golden Gopher hockey program has been unwavering. To have such a proud and storied program helping us complete our mission is beyond description," said DTBL President Shane Hudella. "We are honored that our partnership continues to grow, allowing us to help even more military kids play hockey."
Defending The Blue Line assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey. The organization provides financial assistance with registration fees, free equipment, summer hockey camps, and send many deserving families down to NHL venues across the country for a night of fun at NHL games.
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