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2015 Defending the Blue Line Camo Classic

07/01/2015, 3:15pm CDT
By Jessi Pierce

Heard at the Course

It was a star-studded day on the links in Defending the Blue Line's Camo Classic, June 29. Current and former Gophers, NHLers and some of the game's biggest names teed up for the charity tournament that included special military help on various holes.

Here is what we heard from some of the players and coaches about the day.

Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild Head Coach
On being a part of the tournament..."I think anytime people can get behind our nation's heroes is a wonderful opportunity. Shane (Hudella) has made it unbelievably easy. He's given access to us and I think for the hockey community to be a part of something like this is wonderful."

On his golf game..."I don't get a chance to get out and golf too much. I'm going to be the moral support of the team."

On his flight in from Buffalo..."This is the first year I've been able to golf in this tournament, it usually coincides with the Boys Select 17 Camp in Buffalo. I actually flew in last night and passed Howie on the way in, as I was coming he was leaving."


Nate Schmidt,St. Cloud, Washington Capitals
On his golf game..."I'm so ready for this today. Can you complain about being out on the course to kick your day and week off?"

On signing a 2-year, one-way deal with the Caps..."I'm so honored to continue to be a part of Washington's organization. It's been really fun to see my game continue to grow and I'm so lucky to continue to do that in Washington. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do next season."


Grant Potulny, University of Minnesota Assistant Coach
On being at the Camo Classic..."It's a great event to be involved with and it's an important event to be a part of. I think everything that Defending the Blue Line does for military families is just wonderful."

On his team of former Gopher teammates..."It's always a good time getting together with this guys and my brother (Ryan). We all try to stay in touch and with most of us living here in the state, it's pretty easy."

On who has the better swing..."I don't get out nearly as much as I like but I still like to think I've got it."

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