Pure Hockey & Defending the Blue Line: The RG Gear
Back in July, we at Pure Hockey launched a line of Easton Stealth hockey equipment under the name RG. RG stands for Richard Grenier, whom the equipment is dedicated to. If you want to learn the entire story behind Richard Grenier and the RG gear, you can find it here. But to summarize, Richard was a Vietnam Air Force Veteran and the father-in-law of our Senior Buyer, Rob Howland. Richard courageously fought the lingering effects of the Vietnam War for years. The ultimate goal of this line of equipment was to provide players with a unique set of equipment that would let them express their patriotism, as well as give back to those who fight for our country. Defending the Blue Line is a charity that works to keep the children of military families with their youth hockey programs. Obviously, there could be no better match for our RG project. So we got to work, and with the help of Easton Hockey we designed a line of equipment that included gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, hockey bags, and even sticks. All decked-out in camo. Through this collaboration and the participation of our customers, Pure Hockey was able to donate over $21,000 to Defending the Blue Line. Now, those dollars will go towards keeping youth players in their hockey programs despite their often hectic lives. There is no way that we could have made a donation of that magnitude happen without the support of our customers!
The RG Lineup (click to enlarge photos)
NHLPA, Pure Hockey, Defending the Blue Line, & Torey Krug
This past month, the NHLPA had the great idea to identify a young player in the community that could benefit from a new set of gear, and had also grown up in a military family. Someone who could serve as the perfect example of what the Defending the Blue Line charity was all about. The idea started as a giveaway to a deserving young athlete and turned into an event that would stick with that certain player and his teammates for the rest of their lives.
The final result? On Friday, March 4th, Ryan Moricas had a 7:00 PM hockey practice that will never be forgetten. Ryan plays for the Jr. Rams of the Southern Rhode Island Youth Hockey Association and his father Michael is a U.S. veteran who served in Afghanistan. He is currently the Commander of the 13th Civil Support Team with the U.S. Army Reserve.
The night started with Ryan and Lt. Colonel Moricas being picked up at his Boston military base in a stretch limousine. Upon entering the limo, Ryan found Shane Hudella from Defending the Blue Line, representatives from the NHLPA, Bruins’ star defenseman Torey Krug, AND his own set of RG Series Camo equipment. Talk about service, right? The limo was escorted by several marines from the base to Walter Brown Arena where Ryan’s practice was to be held later on that night. Once at Walter Brown, Ryan proceeded to head down to his locker room to dress with his team.
Ryan was now part of the deception and gave his teammates a fake reason for why he was late for practice. He stepped out of the locker room briefly, only to return with Torey Krug, a surprise for his entire team. Krug sat with the team for a Q&A session and signed autographs which was more than enough to please the Jr. Rams, but Krug also ran several drills to kick their practice off. The night was a complete success and left Ryan and the rest of the Jr. Rams with the experience of a lifetime.
Pure Hockey would like to thank the NHLPA, Defending the Blue Line, Torey Krug, and Lt. Colonel Moricas all for making this special night happen. If you would like to donate to Defending the Blue Line, you can find their website here. If you would like to check out all of the RG Series Gear, you can find it all here on PureHockey.com!
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