Play Hard, Play Fair, Give Back: DAWG Nation

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From Humble Beginnings to Community Action

In 2011, we bonded as a small group with a vision and purpose. Since then, we have carried on with our goal of offering a positive hockey community in Colorado. Our ability to help comes from outside donations and relies on the hard work of our all-volunteer staff. Every contribution we receive is fed back into DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation. Nobody is excluded from our team, as we focus on making a difference for those in need through our hockey non-profit organization.

DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation is a thriving hockey non-profit organization built on the passion we share for ice hockey. To us, it’s more than a sport — it means community. No other game combines lightning fast speeds and non-stop action quite like it. As a result, hockey continues to foster a tight knit community. Our members act on the lessons learned on the ice by providing assistance and opportunities to individuals and families experiencing difficult times. DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation is always looking to grow our impact by hosting national and international amateur ice hockey events and by opening our rink to participants of all physical abilities to play.

DAWG Nation Events


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    February 18, 2023 7:00 am

    DAWG Nation Pond Hockey

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    Pondy on Prior: Prior Lake, Minnesota


    DAWG Nation is doing something new this year, and the land of a thousand lakes is calling our name. When we heard the story of a young man being treated at Craig Hospital after suffering a life changing spinal chord injury we had to learn more. Ethan Glynn was left paralyzed after a devastating tackle in what was meant to be his first high school football game. Ethan is also an exceptional baseball and hockey player. We know well, that the hockey community stands ready to help. As medical bills and future expenses pile up... help us show this family that they aren't alone, lets lace 'em up for Ethan


    Check out Ethan's progress in this Channel 11 exclusive story:



    Like all of our events, net proceeds from the Prior Lake Tournament go directly back in to the community. This year, DAWG Nation is proud to rally around a local family: Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars hockey's own, Ethan Glynn was left paralyzed after a devastating tackle in what was meant to be his first high school football game. Ethan is also an exceptional hockey player and this community stands ready to help. As medical bills and future expenses pile up... help us show this family that they aren't alone, lets lace 'em up for Ethan!


    With our own DAWG Nation Ambassador, Jan Hejda, having moved up north in recent years. Jan is playing a vital role in getting this charity tournament organized as well as sharing Ethan's story with the world.

    Jan Hejda played 10 years in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Bluejackets, and the Colorado Avalanche. More importantly Jan has been one of DAWG Nation's most enthusiastic supporters since 2018.


    Jan and long time DAWG, Dave Fromm have found the perfect lake location in Prior Lake, Minnesota about 20 miles south of Minneapolis. Grab a drink and a bite to eat at Charlie's and then walk right on to the lake. Game-on with our four tournament-style rinks and one exhibition rink where we will host a blind and a sled hockey showcase.


    The Winter Classic: Silverthorne, Colorado

    The Tournament at North Pond Park is currently put on hold until further notice.

  • Comedy-Works

    March 8, 2023 7:00 pm

    Stand Up for DAWG Nation

    2022 Comedy Night is set for March 8th!

    We are grateful for our partnership with Comedy Works South at The Landmark. Over the past 11 years, we have laughed and cried our way to helping more people through this event. Mike Raftery and the Comedy Works team provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere.


    2021 Recap

    DAWG Nation showed up with full force once again and set a new fundraising record for during our 11th Stand Up for DAWG Nation Comedy Night. Thank you for your commitment and support!

    We toasted to Miles Batchelder and family John and Krista Batchelder in celebration of Miles ringing the remission bell. We shared laughs with our dear friends from St. Louis, Jon Orelt and teammates Jared Schmierbach and Matthew Heath. We cheered on Van Stone and Nicole Stone for his return to the ice. Of course the night wouldn't be complete without a check presentation. We were honored to surprise Joe Bradley with a check and a Survivor jersey to celebrate his victory over cancer. We are honored to walk alongside these families in their journeys.

    We are able to make these memorable moments possible, thanks to your commitment and donations. Special thanks to Eric Goodman for helping us to raise funds as a TEAM! And of course, our comedians, Derrick Stroup, Geoff Tice and Talon Saucerman stole the show and provided us all with a much needed belly laugh!



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    Play Hard. Play Fair. Give Back.™

    The DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people with and without disabilities to gain confidence and independence through participation in national and international amateur ice hockey events, as well as to supporting local, national, and international amateur ice hockey players and their families during times of crisis. Since its inception DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation has been able to give out millions of dollars to positively impact the lives of many families in need. Do you part to assist the hockey community by volunteering, donating, or sponsoring one of our events or individuals.

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