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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

THE OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM OF THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

03.19.13 • GAME 15

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

03.19.13 GAME 15


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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

Mario Lemieux . . . . . . . . . 35

Penguins vs. Capitals . . . . . . 5

Ron Burkle

Game Notes . . . . . . . . . . 7

. . . . . . . . . . 36

David Morehouse . . . . . . . . 38 Ray Shero . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Jason Botterill . . . . . . . . . 42 Dan Bylsma . . . . . . . . . . 44 Tony Granato . . . . . . . . . 49 Todd Reirden . . . . . . . . . 50

IN EVERY ISSUE NHL Standings . . . . . . . . . 13 League Leaders . . . . . . . . 14 2012.13 Schedule. . . . . . . . 17 2012.13 Promotions . . . . . . . 18

Gilles Meloche . . . . . . . . . 52

Players Serve Guests at Skates & Plates Charity Gala. . . 21

Travis Williams . . . . . . . . . 55

Around the NHL . . . . . . . . 24

David Peart . . . . . . . . . . 55

Ice Crew Spotlight: Matt H. . . . . 32

Staff Directory . . . . . . . . . 26

NHL Code of Conduct . . . . . . 56

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American Eagle Student Rush . . . 96 Extra Attacker . . . . . . . . . 98 Penguins by the Numbers . . . 101 Penguins Headshots. . . . . . 102 Penguins Roster . . . . . . . 104 Capitals Roster . . . . . . . . 105 Capitals Headshots . . . . . . 106 continued on page 2

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Capitals by the Numbers

108

Pens Profile: Chris Kunitz

200

Making Chris-tory

111

Match-Ups Around the League

205

Frozen in Time

116

In the System

206

Project Power Play

119

Twitter Q & A Kris Letang

211

PensPoints

120

Lockdown

215

PensFIT

121

Upcoming Opponents

224

Ice Crew

122

Player Birthdays

128

HOCKEY IQ

2012 Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Picks

147

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins

149

WB/S Penguins Schedule

153

Rules of the Game Presented by StarKist

61

Penalty Calls

68

All About the Rink

71

Wheeling Nailers Schedule

154

CONSOL ENERGY CENTER

Radio Broadcasters

156

Box Office

Penguins Radio Network

161

CONSOL Energy Center Events

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods 163 Little Penguins Learn to Play

168

Behind the Bench with Coach Dan

173

Pittsburgh Becoming a Hockey Hotbed

177

Get Involved

185

Iceburgh

191

Youth Hockey Update

194

YOUR NUMBER 21

94

Building Information

131

Concessions Guide

139

Seating Chart

145

PENGUINS HISTORY Honors and Awards

58

Penguins History at a Glance

86

Trib Total Media All-Time Team

125

Trib Total Media All-Time Team Focus on: Les Binkley

126

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PENGUINS VS. CAPITALS As of 03.14.13

All-time scorer vs. Pittsburgh: Mike Gartner (60gp, 39-36-75)

Longest Washington win streak vs. Pittsburgh: 9, Dec. 2, 1984-Nov. 20, 1985 Longest Pittsburgh win streak vs. Washington: 7, Feb. 2, 1988-Nov. 30, 1988

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All-time Pittsburgh scorer vs. Washington: Mario Lemieux (61gp, 51-50-101)

Longest Washington undefeated streak vs. Pittsburgh: 16, Oct. 25, 1983-Nov. 20, 1985 (15-0-1)

WASHINGTON STAFF

Longest Pittsburgh undefeated streak vs. Washington: 7, Feb. 2, 1988-Nov. 30, 1988 (7-0-0)

General Manager: George McPhee

Last Washington win at home: Jan. 11, 2012 (1-0) (0-1-0 since last win) Last Pittsburgh win at home: Feb. 7, 2013 (5-2) (0-0-0 since last win)

Assistant General Manager: Don Fishman

T:8.5”

Head Coach: Adam Oates

Last Pittsburgh win at Washington: Feb. 3, 2013 (6-3) (0-0-0 since last win)

Assistant Coach: Calle Johansson

B:8.75”

S:7.5”

Last Washington win at Pittsburgh: Oct. 13, 2011 (3-2 OT) (0-0-1 since last win)

Most goals by Washington vs. Pittsburgh: 9, Dec. 2, 1984 (W, 9-1); Mar. 1, 1984 (W, 9-1) Most goals by Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 12, Mar. 15, 1975 (P, 12-1) Most goals by both teams: 15, Oct. 11, 1988 (P, 8-7)

Assistant Coach: Tim Hunter Assistant Coach: Blaine Forsythe

Last Washington shutout vs. Pittsburgh: Jan. 11, 2012 (1-0) – Tomas Vokoun Last Pittsburgh shutout vs. Washington: Feb. 3, 2007 (2-0) – Marc-Andre Fleury Last Washington hat trick vs. Pittsburgh: Feb. 7, 2010 – Alex Ovechkin Last Pittsburgh hat trick vs. Washington: Feb. 3, 2013 – Chris Kunitz Last Pittsburgh trade with Washington: June 4, 2012 – Tomas Vokoun to Pittsburgh for seventh-round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft Pittsburgh’s Overtime/Shootout Record vs. Washington: 11-5-11

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GAME NOTES By: Bob Grove

THE SERIES Tonight the Penguins will be looking to win a third consecutive home game against the Capitals for the first time in more than five years as Washington makes its final regular-season visit to Pittsburgh this season. Pittsburgh snapped an eight-game home losing streak against the Capitals (0-7-1) with a 4-3 overtime win Jan. 22 last season, then followed that with a 5-2 victory here on Feb. 7, as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and two assists and the Penguins went three-for-four on the power play. . . In two games this season against the Capitals, the Penguins are 5-for-7 on the power play (71.4 percent. That’s a special teams turnaround for Pittsburgh, which was 2-for-27 (7.4 percent) on the power play in its previous eight games against Washington. . . The Penguins earned a 6-3 road victory over the Capitals in the first game between the teams this season on Feb. 3. . . Before its eight-game home drought against Washington, Pittsburgh had won seven straight home games against the Capitals, the last win coming on Dec. 27, 2007. . . The Penguins have allowed only 12 goals in their last five home games against Washington. . . The Capitals are just 2-for-14 on the power play (14.2 percent) in their last five games against the Penguins, although they have a way of finding power-play production when they play in

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Pittsburgh; they’re 9-for-21 (42.8 percent) in their last eight games here. . . Tonight marks the 200th regular-season game between the teams. Pittsburgh is 95-83-16-5 all-time against Washington, including 54-35-7-2 at home. . . Each of Alexander Ovechkin’s last six goals against the Penguins has been scored here in Pittsburgh. He has been held without a goal in six of his last 10 games against the Penguins and has 21 goals and 39 points in 30 career games against Pittsburgh. . . Crosby has 14 goals and 41 points in 24 career games against the Capitals, while Malkin has nine goals and 34 points in 22 career games against them.

THE PENGUINS This game closes a three-game homestand for Pittsburgh, which hosted the New York Rangers on Saturday and Boston on Sunday. . . Chris Kunitz had goals in a career-high five straight games before being stopped in Toronto on March 9, ending his bid to become the 10th Pittsburgh player to record a goal in six straight. That list includes Mario (nine times, including a team-record 12-game stretch to start the 1992-93 season), Jaromir Jagr (five times), Paul Gardner, Mike Bullard, Jean Pronovost (three times), Pierre Larouche, Malkin (twice), Crosby and Petr Nedved. . . James Neal had a goal in four straight games before playing Boston here last week. . . Pittsburgh has two days off after this game and then plays on the road against the New York Islanders before returning home Sunday to host Philadelphia and kick off a season-long five-game homestand that also features games against Montreal, Winnipeg, the Islanders and Buffalo . . . Heading into last Thursday’s game in Toronto, Dan Bylsma had the second-best road winning percentage in NHL history among coaches whose teams had played at least 100 road games. Bylsma’s Pittsburgh teams were

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87-48-16 in 151 regularseason road games, earning 62.9 percent of possible points. The only coach with a better record was Tom Johnson of Boston, whose Bruins teams went 63-27-12 in 102 road games, earning 67.6 percent of possible points. . . Brandon Sutter has a flair for the dramatic. After scoring the overtime winner at Montreal on March 2, Sutter scored goals 3:24 apart in the final six minutes to give the Penguins a 3-2 home victory over Boston on March 12.

This game begins a four-game road trip for the Capitals, who hosted Buffalo on Sunday and will play in Winnipeg both Thursday and Friday and then face the Rangers in New York. Washington is in a stretch of 11 games where its plays nine times on the road. . . The Capitals had lost three straight games after Carolina goaltender Justin Peters stopped 26 shots for a 4-0 shutout over Washington on March 12. . . That game was the start of a home-and-home series with the first-place Hurricanes, who at that point were 10 points ahead of the fourth-place Capitals in the Southeast Division. Washington was seven points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference after that loss. . . Mike Ribeiro was leading the Capitals with 28 points, including a team-high 19 assists, while Nicklas Backstrom had three goals and 21 points.

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NHL STANDINGS As of 03.14.13

EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS ATLANTIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

PITTSBURGH

27

19

8

0

38

100

78

8-4-0

11-4-0

8-2-0

NEW JERSEY

27

13

9

5

31

70

77

9-3-2

4-6-3

3-6-1

NY RANGERS

25

13

10

2

28

64

61

9-5-1

4-5-1

5-4-1

NY ISLANDERS

26

11

12

3

25

77

88

5-8-2

6-4-1

5-3-2

PHILADELPHIA

28

12

15

1

25

77

87

8-4-1

4-11-0

4-6-0

NORTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

MONTREAL

27

18

5

4

40

88

69

9-3-2

9-2-2

7-1-2

BOSTON

24

17

4

3

37

72

53

8-2-1

9-2-2

7-2-1

OTTAWA

27

13

8

6

32

64

58

9-1-3

4-7-3

4-2-4

TORONTO

27

15

11

1

31

81

75

6-5-1

9-6-0

5-4-1

BUFFALO

27

10

14

3

23

70

84

5-6-1

5-8-2

4-4-2

SOUTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

CAROLINA

25

15

9

1

31

79

69

7-5-0

8-4-1

7-3-0

WINNIPEG

26

13

11

2

28

68

76

5-6-0

8-5-2

6-3-1

TAMPA BAY

26

11

14

1

23

88

81

6-6-1

5-8-0

3-7-0

WASHINGTON

25

10

14

1

21

69

76

7-7-0

3-7-1

5-5-0

FLORIDA

27

7

14

6

20

66

101

4-7-5

3-7-1

2-6-2

CENTRAL

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

CHICAGO

26

21

2

3

45

85

58

11-1-1

10-1-2

8-2-0

ST. LOUIS

26

14

10

2

30

80

79

6-5-1

8-5-1

5-4-1

DETROIT

27

12

10

5

29

70

71

9-4-3

3-6-2

5-3-2

NASHVILLE

26

11

9

6

28

58

61

6-2-4

5-7-2

4-5-1

COLUMBUS

27

10

12

5

25

62

74

7-4-4

3-8-1

5-2-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

NORTHWEST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

VANCOUVER

25

12

7

6

30

68

68

6-3-3

6-4-3

4-4-2

MINNESOTA

25

13

10

2

28

59

61

9-3-1

4-7-1

6-4-0

EDMONTON

26

10

11

5

25

64

76

4-4-2

6-7-3

4-4-2

CALGARY

25

10

11

4

24

69

84

7-5-2

3-6-2

5-4-1

COLORADO

25

10

11

4

24

62

73

8-3-1

2-8-3

3-4-3

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

ANAHEIM

25

19

3

3

41

87

63

11-1-0

8-2-3

7-1-2

LOS ANGELES

25

14

9

2

30

73

65

9-2-1

5-7-1

7-3-0

PHOENIX

26

13

10

3

29

77

74

10-5-1

3-5-2

5-4-1

SAN JOSE

25

11

8

6

28

58

61

7-1-4

4-7-2

3-4-3

DALLAS

25

12

11

2

26

67

71

5-5-1

7-6-1

4-5-1

PACIFIC

13


LEAGUE LEADERS As of 03.14.13

POINTS RNK NAME

GP

G

A PTS

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

27

12

33

45

18

12

94

12.8

2

13

0

0

2

Steven Stamkos, TBL

26

20

18

38

-2

16

91

22.0

7

6

0

0

3

Chris Kunitz, PIT

27

18

19

37

22

14

60

30.0

8

4

0

0

4

Martin St. Louis, TBL

26

7

29

36

1

6

61

11.5

2

11

0

0

5

Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

25

10

21

31

14

14

56

17.9

2

7

1

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

GOALS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Steven Stamkos, TBL

26

20

18

38

-2

16

91

22.0

7

6

0

0

2

Chris Kunitz, PIT

27

18

19

37

22

14

60

30.0

8

4

0

0

3

James Neal, PIT

27

17

12

29

2

24

93

18.3

8

6

0

0

Jeff Carter, LAK

25

17

2

19

E

10

73

23.3

5

0

0

0

John Tavares, NYI

26

16

13

29

-8

14

100

16.0

7

7

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

5

ASSISTS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

27

12

33

45

18

12

94

12.8

2

13

0

2

Martin St. Louis, TBL

26

7

29

36

E

6

61

11.5

2

11

0

0

3

Kris Letang, PIT

24

3

24

27

11

8

63

4.8

0

6

0

0

4

Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

25

10

21

31

14

14

56

17.9

2

7

1

0

Henrik Zetterberg, DET

27

6

21

27

1

12

86

7.0

3

9

1

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

James Neal, PIT

27

17

12

29

2

24

93

18.3

8

6

0

0

Chris Kunitz, PIT

27

18

19

37

22

14

60

30.0

8

4

0

0

Jakub Voracek, PHI

28

13

18

31

-6

6

81

16.0

8

6

0

0

Steven Stamkos, TBL

26

20

18

38

-2

16

91

22.0

7

6

0

0

John Tavares, NYI

26

16

13

29

-8

14

100

16.0

7

7

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

0

POWER PLAY GOALS RNK NAME 1

4

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

PLUS/MINUS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Chris Kunitz, PIT

27

18

19

37

22

14

60

30.0

8

4

0

0

2

Eric Staal, CAR

25

12

19

31

20

30

84

14.3

2

2

0

0

3

Alexander Semin, CAR

25

7

20

27

19

20

81

8.6

3

3

0

0

4

Patrice Bergeron, BOS

24

6

16

22

18

8

73

8.2

1

2

0

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

27

12

33

45

18

12

94

12.8

2

13

0

0

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Monday Mar. 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Cancer Awareness Travel Mug

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Thursday Feb. 7 vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday Mar. 16 vs. New York Rangers

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Penguins Stick Figure Car Decal Set

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Wednesday Feb. 20 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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By: Wes Crosby

It’s customary for the Penguins to serve wicked wrist shots, pinpoint passes and earth-shattering body checks against opposing players. But the players traded in their sweaters and sticks for tuxedos and bowties on March 5 to serve dinner at the team’s annual Skates & Plates Charity Gala presented by Trib Total Media at CONSOL Energy Center. The gala benefitted the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since its inception in 1986, the event has raised over $5.75 million for local children’s

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charities that focus on medical research. “It’s something that as players, we really enjoy doing,” first-time server Tanner Glass said. “Giving back is a big part of our life away from the game, so events like this are really important.” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said he considers the gala the team’s “best event” and said the players enjoy it just as much as the guests. “It gives our players the chance to mingle with our fans,” Shero said. “They have a great time, they’re interacting with everybody. So it’s a great night for them. They’re serving people and collecting tips for great causes.” The players, wearing long-tailed tuxedos with white vests and bowties, were each responsible for a table or two where they served salads, entrees and beverages. They competed to earn the most tips of the evening, which are collected for the event charities. Bragging rights for the highest tips were captured by defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, with a close second place finish by forward Pascal Dupuis. While coach Dan Bylsma cracked a few jokes during his pre-meal speech, he also drove home how unique this event is to the local community. “What other place could you have visited last night and watched Evgeni Malkin score a miraculous goal; then, the next night you have Evgeni serve you wine, tell you jokes, flash his smile and show his personality while serving dinner?” Bylsma asked. A unique experience indeed.

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AROUND THE NHL By Mike Prisuta

MAKING HIS MARK: Florida winger Jonathan Huberdeau joined a select group by scoring 12 goals in his first 25 NHL games. The only other active NHL players who can claim having done that as rookies are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins, Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and Teemu Selanne of the Ducks. Huberdeau also managed to make a little Panthers history by becoming the first Florida player to score on two penalty shots in one season. AHEAD FOR NOW: Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis registered an assist on March 7 against Winnipeg and moved ahead of Tampa Bay teammate Vincent Lecavalier for the all-time Tampa Bay scoring lead. When the Lightning played the Panthers on March 12 St. Louis held an 865-862 lead over Lecavalier in career points. Only Joe Thornton of San Jose (954) and Jarome Iginla of Calgary (896) had scored more points than St. Louis since the 2000-01 season, St. Louis’ first full NHL season.

MARLEAU MILESTONE: The Sharks’ Patrick Marleau scored his 400th career goal on March 10 at Colorado. Marleau became the 30th player in NHL history to score his first 400 goals for the same team. STILL STINGY: St. Louis led the NHL in fewest shots allowed per game at 23.3 through the Blues’ first 25 games. St. Louis also led the league in that category last season and finished second in 2010-11.

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: The Bruins’ 16-3-3 start was Boston’s best record through the first 22 games of a season since the 1929-30 Bruins went 19-3-0. STREAKING BLUE JACKETS:

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2012.13 STAFF DIRECTORY

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EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS Co-owner/Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mario Lemieux Co-owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ron Burkle CEO/President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Morehouse Executive VP/General Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Shero COO/General Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Travis Williams Senior Vice President, Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Peart Vice President & Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Hart Vice President, Communications . . . . . . . . . Tom McMillan Vice President, Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Santilli Vice President of Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . Chad Slencak Senior Director, Arena Operations. . . . . . . Brian Magness Director of Goverment Affairs . . . . . . . . .Abass B. Kamara Director of Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kim Wood Executive Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Auchey Shipping/Receiving Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . Brett Hart Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Hart

HOCKEY OPERATIONS Assistant General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Botterill Assistant to the General Manager . . . . . . . Tom Fitzgerald

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Head Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Bylsma Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . .Tony Granato, Todd Reirden Goaltending Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gilles Meloche Strength & Conditioning Coach . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Kadar Video Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andy Saucier Player Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Guerin Goaltender Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Bales Manager of Team Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Britt Hockey Operations Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Heasley

SCOUTS Director of Player Personnel . . . . . . . . . . Dan MacKinnon Director of Amateur Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Heinbuck Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Sexton Director of Professional Scouting . . . . . . . .Derek Clancey Professional Scouts . . . . . . . . Andre Savard, Don Waddell Head European Scout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrik Allvin Amateur Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bell, Luc Gauthier, Wayne Meier, Ron Pyette, Chris Depiero, Brian Fitzgerald, Al Santilli, Tommy Westlund

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Equipment Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dana Heinze

Senior Director, Production and Game Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rod Murray Director, Event Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Wareham Director, Production Operations . . . . . . . . . . Steve Finerty Producers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Archer Mike Davenport Leo McCafferty Michael Canella Motion Graphics Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aaron Spiegel Public Address Announcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Mill PensTV Hosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie O’Malley Beth Swanson

Assistant Equipment Managers . . . . . . . . . . . Paul DeFazio Dan Kroll Equipment Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Taglianetti Head Team Physician. . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Christopher Harner Associate Team Physician . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Tanya Hagen Dr. Dharmesh Vyas Head Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Stewart Physical Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Joreitz Massage Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Sanctis Assistant Athletic Therapists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curtis Bell Patrick Steidle Skating Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marianne Watkins Mental Training Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aimee Kimball

COMMUNICATIONS Director of Communications . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Bullano Manager of Communications . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Seidling Executive Producer, Penguins Radio Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Walker Radio Broadcasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Lange Phil Bourque

CORPORATE SALES Senior Director, Corporate Sales . . .Kimberly Bogesdorfer Senior Director, Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Turley Manager, Corporate Sales . . . . . . . . . . . .Robbie Hofmann Lindsay Mulvihill Senior Manager, Client Services . . . . . . . . . Lori Wineland Julie Klausner Coordinator, Corporate Sales and Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Susko Corporate Sales Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pierre Larouche

TECHNOLOGY

FINANCE

Director, Video Productions &

Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark R. Kuczinski Senior Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troy Ussack Payroll Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrea Winschel Accounts Payable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tawni Love Staff Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neal Bruder

Technical Ops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drew Warren Building Audio Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Duffy Building Audio/Video Specialist . . . . . . . . . . Aaron Miller Systems Administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Henry Walt Greene Junior Systems Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Tirlardo

MARKETING Senior Director, Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ross Miller Senior Director, Creative Services/Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barb Pilarski Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erin Halley Lori Haramia Director of Fan Development & Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jill Shipley Fan Development Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . Laura Spencer

NEW MEDIA Senior Director, New Media . . . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Zimmer New Media Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Marchionna Director of Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Kasan Manager of Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Crechiolo PensTV Video Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Cottington

TICKETING Director of Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Murphy Manager, Premium Seating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Lux Julia Drost Premium Seating Representative . . . . . . . . Jon Seelnacht Manager, Group Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Zatchey Ticket Sales Account Executives . . . . . . . . George Birman Jeff Blizman Bonnie Golinski Nicole Kyslinger Chuck Pukansky Box Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Coulson Manager, Box Office Operations . . . . . . . . . Jason Onufer Box Office Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kelly Gabany Director of Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Davis Customer Service Representatives . . . . . . Danny Gardner Holly Homistek Director of Database Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Exley Manager, Database Marketing . . . . . . . . . . .Dana DiCello

PensTV Associate Producer . . . . . . . Meghan McManimon

PENGUINS FOUNDATION

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President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Soltesz Manager of Foundation Programs . . . . Jaime Greenwald Program Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsay Thomes Director, Community/Alumni Relations . . . . . Cindy Himes Community Relations Coordinator . . . . . .Kathleen Unger Community Relations/Alumni Liaison . . . . . . Ed Johnston

Executive Director of Strategic Planning . . . . . .Rich Hixon Director of Amateur Hockey . . . . . . . . .Mark Shuttleworth Manager of Amateur Hockey Development . Max Malone Manager of Youth Hockey Programs . . . Michael Chiasson

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COLLEGE: Pennsylvania State University NUMBER OF YEARS ON THE ICE CREW: Second Season FAVORITE MEAL TO EAT BEFORE WORKING A PENGUINS GAME: PB&J or Tuna Fish Sandwich FAVORITE MEMORY OF BEING ON THE ICE CREW: First Hat Trick, skating out on the ice while the arena was going crazy and hats were raining down from every direction. FAVORITE SONG TO LISTEN TO IN THE LOCKER ROOM TO GET PUMPED UP FOR A GAME: The XX - Intro (Dubstep Remix) BEST PART OF BEING ON THE ICE CREW: Getting in front of 18,000 fans and helping to cheer on the best team in the NHL.

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MARIO LEMIEUX CO-OWNER/CHAIRMAN

Mario Lemieux, one of the most respected figures in National Hockey League history, is in his 14th season as co-owner and chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Under the leadership of Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle, the Penguins have become one of the premier franchises in the NHL and in all of sports, leading the way in fan relations, youth marketing, community outreach and innovative technology while consistently putting a winning product on the ice — including six straight playoff appearances and a Stanley Cup championship in 2009. The Penguins entered the 2012-13 season having sold out 254 straight games while setting new standards for local television ratings, merchandise sales, website traffic and social media. Lemieux and Burkle were driving forces in the quest for a new multi-purpose arena for Pittsburgh and were proud to open CONSOL Energy Center in August, 2010. The sparkling facility is rated one of the top facilities in North America and hosted such national events as the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Second and Third Rounds and the 2012 NHL Draft. Known as “Le Magnifique,” Lemieux was one of the greatest players in NHL history from 1984-97 and 2000-06, winning six league scoring titles, three MVP awards and two Conn Smythe Trophies in addition to two Stanley Cups. An immaculately gifted 6-foot-4 centerman, he dominated play for parts of three decades despite a relentless series of medical setbacks, including multiple back surgeries and a battle with Hodgkin’s disease. He retired in 2006 as the No. 7 all-time scorer in NHL history with 1,723 points. He also ranks eighth all-time in goals (690) and 10th in assists (1,033). After retiring as a player in 1997, he put together an ownership group to buy the Penguins out of bankruptcy in September, 1999 and then returned to the ice on Dec. 27, 2000 — becoming the first player-owner of the modern era. In addition to his legendary hockey accomplishments, he continues to oversee the Mario Lemieux Foundation for cancer research and neo-natal research and hosts its annual celebrity golf tournament, which has raised more than $9 million for charity. More information is available at mariolemieux.org. The Penguins ownership group, local labor organizations and members of the Pittsburgh business community honored Lemieux in 2012 with a statue to commemorate his career and contributions to the city and the region. Appropriately named “Le Magnifique,” the statue, by nationally-acclaimed sculptor Bruce Wolfe, can be seen outside of the Trib Total Media gate at CONSOL Energy Center. Mario and his wife, Nathalie, and their four children live in Sewickley.

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RON BURKLE CO-OWNER

Ron Burkle, one of the preeminent investors in retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, is in his 14th season as co-owner of the Penguins. He teamed with Mario Lemieux to buy the team out of bankruptcy in September, 1999, and together they have become one of the outstanding ownership tandems in professional sports. Among Burkle’s many significant contributions to the Penguins was his essential role in negotiations for a new arena. CONSOL Energy Center is considered one of the finest indoor facilities in North America and has attracted many national-level events to Pittsburgh — including the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, coming in April, 2013. Under the leadership of Lemieux and Burkle, the Penguins have sold out every game for five-plus seasons and consistently rank among the most fan-friendly and community-minded teams in the NHL and all of pro sports. The Penguins reached back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009 and won the Cup in ‘09. The team’s solid foundation of ownership has enabled hockey management to spend to the salary cap, sign many of the team’s young core players to long-term contracts and put a competitive team on the ice year after year — leading to six straight playoff berths. Burkle founded the Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Alliance Entertainment, Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Food4Less. Ron is Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA and is broadly involved in the community. He is a trustee of the Carter Center, the National Urban League, Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Ron was the Founder and Chairman of the Ralph’s/Food4Less Foundation and the Fred Meyer Inc. Foundation. He was a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), KB Home (NYSE: KBH), Kaufman & Broad S.A. (Euronext: KOF), Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the AFL-CIO’s Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Federation Man of the Year, the Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year Award and the APLA Commitment to Life Award.

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DAVID MOREHOUSE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT

David Morehouse has established himself as one of the most dynamic senior executives in the National Hockey League. Since being named President of the Penguins in April, 2007, Morehouse has reshaped the team’s image and strategic vision with an emphasis on branding, fan relations, youth marketing, community interaction, corporate outreach and innovative technology. He was given the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer in September, 2010, and oversees every aspect of the Penguins’ operations, reporting directly to co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle. Under Morehouse’s leadership, the Penguins quickly developed a new commitment to innovative fan outreach — including an annual event where players personally deliver season tickets to fans’ homes and a special preseason game where all 18,000 tickets are distributed free to local youth. His emphasis on branding and marketing, coupled with the team’s success on the ice, enabled the Penguins to lead all U.S.-based NHL and NBA teams in local television ratings during the 2011-12 season. Keeping with that trend, the Penguins led all U.S.-based NHL teams in website traffic and Twitter followers while continually setting new standards for merchandise sales. Youth hockey participation also is on the rise — in part because of Morehouse’s support for efforts such as Sidney Crosby’s Little Penguins Learn to Play program, which distributes free head-to-toe hockey equipment, including skates, to 1,000 kids aged 5-7 each year. The Penguins have sold out every game for five-plus seasons, a streak that had reached 254 games before the start of the 2012-13 season. They also have sold out all suites for four-plus seasons and actually increased capacity at CONSOL Energy Center by 300 seats (to 18,387) after the arena’s inaugural season in 2010-11. Morehouse himself was named 2011 CEO Communicator of the Year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The Pittsburgh native joined the Penguins in 2004 as Senior Consultant on the new arena project following a career in national politics that included stints at the White House, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill as well as key roles in two Presidential campaigns. Morehouse attended the Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University and received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Vanessa, have four children and live in Sewickley Heights.

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RAY SHERO

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Ray Shero has established himself as one of the premiere general managers in the National Hockey League. Shero, 50, who is in his seventh season as Pittsburgh’s GM, has transformed a franchise that missed the playoffs from 2002-06 into a perennial championship contender, including two Stanley Cup Final appearances and a Cup title in 2009. Shero, who was named general manager of the Penguins in May, 2006, arrived in Pittsburgh with a firm, forward-thinking managerial style that incorporates cutting-edge methods of technology, player relations, prospect development and salary cap management. Shero’s efforts have secured the Penguins’ long-term stability and competitiveness with his masterful maneuvering of the salary cap — the Penguins ranked No. 3 out of 122 pro sports franchises in spending efficiency according to Bloomberg Business Week — and multi-year signings of the team’s core players: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, and James Neal. Shero’s riskiest and boldest move paid off with hockey’s highest prize. With the Penguins needing a jolt of life late in the 2008-09 season, he promoted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Dan Bylsma to Pittsburgh. Bylsma led a turnaround that resulted in a championship in ’09. Bylsma also won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s “Most Outstanding Coach” in ’11. Shero cut his administrative teeth during 14 seasons as an assistant general manager with the Nashville Predators (1998-06) and Ottawa Senators (1993-98). Shero, a native of St. Paul, Minn., was raised in a hockey family filled with tradition. His father, Fred Shero, played for the NY Rangers (1947-50) and coached the Philadelphia Flyers for seven seasons. Fred won back-to-back Stanley Cups as head coach of the Flyers in 1974 and ’75 and also served as general manager of the Rangers for three years (1978-80), leading the club to the Stanley Cup Final in 1979. The Sheros are one of the few father-son tandems to have their names on the Cup. Shero played college hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He twice led the team in scoring and was named team captain on two occasions. He graduated in 1984 as one of the top-10 scorers in school history. Shero, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1982 NHL Draft, spent seven years as a player agent before making the transition to the front office. Shero is actively involved with USA Hockey and is a member of the USA Hockey National Team Advisory Group. Ray and his wife, Karen, and their two sons reside in Upper St. Clair.

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JASON BOTTERILL ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Jason Botterill is in his fourth full season as assistant general manager after being promoted to his current position in May, 2009, by GM Ray Shero. As assistant GM, Botterill works closely with Shero on all hockey-related matters, including scouting, player development and contract negotiations. He also manages hockey operations and acts as GM for the club’s top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Prior to his promotion, Botterill, 36, worked two seasons as director of hockey administration with the Penguins; his responsibilities included salary cap management, professional and amateur scouting and overseeing prospect development. Botterill’s avant-garde approach and understanding of the salary cap has been a major asset for the Penguins. Before joining the Pittsburgh organization, he worked with NHL Central Registry and also scouted for the Dallas Stars. Botterill, a native of Edmonton who grew up in Winnipeg, was a firstround draft pick (20th overall) by Dallas in the 1994 NHL Draft and played 88 NHL games over six seasons with Dallas, Atlanta, Calgary and Buffalo. He also played 393 career games in the AHL and IHL, recording 127 goals and 257 points. Following his playing career, he returned to the University of Michigan to earn his MBA. Jason and his wife, Andrea, and their daughter, Alisa, reside in Pittsburgh.

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Jason Botterill was a member of four Championship teams. He captured an NCAA title with the Michigan Wolverines in 1996 and won three gold medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships — 1994, ‘95 and ‘96.


DAN BYLSMA Dan Bylsma is already one of the most successful coaches in Penguins’ history, leading the team to a Stanley Cup championship and winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s “Most Outstanding Coach,” in just three-plus seasons behind the bench. Bylsma has led the Penguins to three-straight 100-point seasons and four consecutive playoff berths, while becoming the winningest playoff coach in team history with 28 postseason victories and five (tied-Scotty Bowman) playoff series victories. Bylsma has the best regular-season winning percentage (.655) in team history with an all-time record of 165-81-25. His 165 wins are the second most in team history (Eddie Johnston, 232). Bylsma, who is signed through the 2013-14 season, finished the 2011-12 season with a 51-25-6 record for 108 points. The team’s 51 wins and 108 points are the second-highest in franchise history. For his work, Bylsma was named co-recipient of the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year Award (Marc-Andre Fleury). He also became the fourth-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 150 wins (251 games) Feb. 26 vs. Columbus. Bylsma, 42, earned the 2011 Jack Adams Award after masterfully steering an injury-depleted Penguins team to a 49-25-8 record for 106 points (third-most wins and points in franchise history) and the same point total as Atlantic Division-winning Philadelphia despite suffering 350 man-games lost — including 119 games to the team’s three best players: Sidney Crosby (41 games); Evgeni Malkin (39); and Jordan Staal (39). In 2008-09, Bylsma penned Dan Bylsma earned one of the most remarkable starts the 2011 Jack to a head coaching career in NHL history. He began the Adams Award after masterfully steering season in his first head coaching job, with Wilkes-Barre/ an injury-depleted Scranton of the American Hockey League, and finished Penguins team to a 49-25-8 record. the year by raising the Stanley Cup. continued on page 46

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Bylsma was promoted to Pittsburgh Feb. 15, 2009 to help save a team that was 10th overall in the Eastern Conference standings with diminishing hopes of earning a postseason berth. With an injection of attitude and aggressiveness, Bylsma inspired an 18-3-4 run in the final 25 games to climb from 10th to fourth place and home-ice advantage in the opening round. The Grand Haven, Mich. native In 2009, Bylsma became the 14th rookie head oversaw one of the most dramatic coach, and just the playoff runs in NHL history. The Penguins clinched all fourth in the past 50 years, to capture the four series on the road, twice rallying from 2-0 series Stanley Cup. deficits (against Washington and Detroit). Pittsburgh beat the defending champion Red Wings four times in the last five games to claim the Cup, including a 2-1 Game 7 victory in Detroit. Bylsma became the 14th rookie head coach, and just the fourth in the past 50 years, to capture the Stanley Cup. Of those 14, only Montreal’s Al MacNeil took over mid-season (1970-71). During his coaching career Bylsma has led the Penguins on a 12-game winning streak (tied for second best in club history), an 11-game winning streak (third longest in team history), a 10-game home winning streak (tied for second longest in franchise history) a 15-game unbeaten streak and a seven-game road winning streak (tying team record). Bylsma played nine NHL seasons with Los Angeles and Anaheim from 1995-2004. He appeared in 429 regular-season games, recording 19 goals and 62 points. He was a member of Anaheim’s 2003 Western Conference championship team. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL in 2004-05. Bylsma was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders the following season. Bylsma joined the Penguins organization as assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton in 2006. Two seasons later he was promoted to WBS head coach in 2008-09. He led the team to a 35-16-1-2 record in 54 games before being promoted to Pittsburgh. Bylsma played four seasons of college hockey at Bowling Green (Central Collegiate Hockey Association). Dan and his wife, Mary Beth, have one son, Bryan, and reside in the North Hills.

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TONY GRANATO ASSISTANT COACH

Tony Granato is in his fourth season on the Penguins coaching staff. Granato, among his responsibilities, works with the team’s forwards and penalty killing units. He oversaw the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit (86.1 percent) in 2010-11 and third-ranked unit (87.8) in ‘11-12. The 87.8-success rate is the best mark in team history. Prior to joining the Penguins, Granato spent six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and served two stints as Avalanche head coach (2002-04 and 2008-09). Granato compiled a 104-78-17-16 record and led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in 2003. Granato, 48, joined the Avalanche organization in June, 2002, as an assistant coach. He was elevated to head coach Dec. 18, 2002 and led the club to a 32-11-4-4 mark en route to its ninth consecutive division title. The following season Granato steered the club to a 40-22-13-7 finish and the Western Conference semifinals. The Downers Grove, Illinois native served as an assistant coach for the Avalanche from 2005-08. He was promoted to a second tenure as head coach in 2008 and oversaw the development of a young Colorado team. Granato played 13 NHL seasons with NY Rangers (1988-90), Los Angeles (90-96) and San Jose (96-01). In 1997, he played in the NHL All-Star Game and was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming a near career-ending brain injury. In 773 career NHL games, the feisty forward posted 248 goals, 492 points and 1,425 penalty minutes. He tallied 16 goals, 43 points and 141 penalty minutes in 79 career playoff games, and helped lead Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup berth in 1993. Granato played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin and was inducted into the Badgers’ Hall of Fame in 2000. He also played for the U.S. National Team in 1987-88 and represented his country in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. Tony and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four children and reside in the South Hills.

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TODD REIRDEN ASSISTANT COACH

Todd Reirden is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Penguins. The former NHL defenseman works closely with the team’s defensemen and power play, among his responsibilities. Under his guidance, the Penguins’ power play ranked fifth (tied) in the NHL with a 19.7-percent success rate in 2011-12. Reirden, 41, joined the Penguins organization August 18, 2008 as an assistant coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. A few months later he was promoted to head coach following Dan Bylsma’s promotion to Pittsburgh. Reirden guided WB/S to a 14-9-3 record in the final 26 games and into the second round of the AHL playoffs. Reirden then joined Pittsburgh’s extended playoff coaching staff and helped the team win the Stanley Cup. In his only full season as head coach in WBS in 2009-10 Reirden led a young and inexperienced team to an impressive 41-34-2-3 mark and a berth in the Calder Cup playoffs. Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Reirden spent one season as an assistant coach with his alma mater — the Bowling Green Falcons (Central Collegiate Hockey Association). He was a teammate of Bylsma’s during the 1990-91 and ‘91-92 seasons. Reirden was selected by New Jersey in the 12th round (242nd overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft. He played 13 professional seasons, retiring in 2007 with Graz EC of the Austrian Hockey League. He appeared in 183 NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix. He recorded 46 points (11G-35A) and 181 PIMs in his NHL career. Todd and his wife, Shelby, have one son.

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GILLES MELOCHE GOALTENDING COACH

Former NHL goaltender Gilles Meloche is in his seventh season as the Penguins full-time goaltending coach and 27th overall with the organization, winning three Stanley Cups with the franchise. Meloche has been instrumental in the development of Marc-Andre Fleury into a franchise and Stanley Cup-winning netminder and team MVP. With Meloche’s teaching, Fleury has become the backbone of the team while tying for the most wins (226) and shutouts (22) in team history. Meloche, 62, served as a Penguins scout from 1989-06 and doubled as goaltending coach/consultant during much of that time. He was part of the staff when the Penguins won Cups in 1991 and ’92. The Montreal, Quebec native spent 18 seasons as an NHL goaltender with Chicago, California, Cleveland, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. He played the final three seasons of his career with the Penguins following a 1985 trade. Meloche appeared in 788 NHL games, posting a 270-351-131 record with 3.64 goals-against average. In 45 playoff games he posted a 21-19 mark with a 3.48 GAA. Gilles and his wife, Sophie, reside in Pittsburgh. He has a son, Eric, and daughter, Annie. Eric is a pro player who played in the Penguins organization from 2000-04.

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Travis Williams is in his second season as Chief Operating Officer of the Penguins, overseeing finance, legal affairs, technology, business development and arena operations while reporting directly to CEO/President David Morehouse. Williams, 41, joined the Penguins in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs/General Counsel and oversaw the construction and development of CONSOL Energy Center — bringing the project to completion on time and under budget. He is the organization’s liaison with building manager AEG Facilities and works closely with AEG on all arena-related events and initiatives. In 2011-12, CONSOL Energy Center ranked No. 10 in the world in concert and event gross revenues, according to Venues Today. Previously, Williams had been a partner at Reed Smith LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, investment management, commercial lending and general corporate matters. During his 12 years at Reed Smith, Williams also represented several sports franchises, regional sports networks and other sports-related businesses. He graduated from Penn State University and received a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University, summa cum laude. He lives in Nevillewood with his wife, Nichole, and their six children.

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David Peart is in his third full season as Senior Vice President of Sales & Service, overseeing all local revenue generating departments for the team including business partnerships, corporate sales, premium seating, ticket sales, broadcasting, and concession and merchandise sales strategy. He was part of the management team that opened CONSOL Energy Center, which was quickly rated one of the finest sports venues in North America. Under his direction, the Penguins created the team’s Founding Partner Program and launched one of the most comprehensive fan engagement initiatives in sports helping the team to be consistently ranked among the top sports teams in “Fan Relations”, according to ESPN the Magazine. Peart has a wide range of sports management experience, having held seniorlevel positions with the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers. He has served as the chief revenue officer for teams and venues that have been recognized as industry leaders. Peart began his pro sports career as Director of Advertising Sales for the Penguins from 1987-93. The Kennedy Township native is a graduate of Point Park University where he is currently on the Board of Trustees. Very active in the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the JA of Western Pennsylvania and the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. He and his wife Julie have two children — Tyler, a junior at Point Park University and Kelsey, a freshman at Bryn Mawr College. 55


NHL CODE OF CONDUCT The National Hockey League and its Member Clubs are committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment and enjoyable entertainment experience. NHL fans have a right to expect an environment in which they will be treated in a consistent, professional and courteous manner by all arena, team and League personnel. The Players and Officials have the same rights. Accordingly, fans are responsible for their own conduct.

THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH RESPECT TO FAN CONDUCT:  Fans are entitled to enjoy the hockey experience free from disruptive or inconsiderate behaviors or unruly actions.  Fans may not interfere with the event and/or athletes in any manner.  Fans shall refrain from using abusive language or obscene gestures.  Fans may not engage in fighting, throwing objects or other behavior deemed detrimental to the experience of other guests and those who engage in any of these actions will immediately be ejected from the game.  Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to arena staff.  Fans who choose to consume alcohol must do so in a legal and responsible manner.  Intervention with an intoxicated or impaired fan will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.  Fans shall comply with requests from arena staff regarding arena operational and emergency procedures.  Fans may not engage in unauthorized commercial activity while on arena property.  Violation of the Fan Code of Conduct may result in eviction from the arena without a ticket refund. The NHL and its Member Clubs thank you for adhering to the provisions of the NHL Fan Code of Conduct.

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1985

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2007

Jaromir Jagr

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Sidney Crosby

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1995

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1988, 1993, 1996

Jaromir Jagr

1999

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2007

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Mario Lemieux

1993

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1986, 1988, 1993, 1996

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Jaromir Jagr

1999, 2000

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Sidney Crosby

2007

Ron Francis

1995, 1998

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RULES OF THE GAME PRESENTED BY

BOARDING

BOARDING To check or push a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact into the boards dangerously or violently.

T:8.5”

B:8.75”

S:8.5”

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The player applying the check needs to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position and if so, must avoid contact.

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The player with the puck needs to avoid placing himself in a dangerous and defenseless position.

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Any unnecessary contact with a player playing the puck on an obvious “icing” or “off-sides” play that does not impact boards should be treated as “charging.”

DELAY OF GAME A player may be penalized when, in the opinion of the Referee, is delaying the game in any matter. (Normally six conditions) 1.) Player or goaltender intentionally shoots or throws the puck out

of the playing area.

2.) A defensive player or goaltender in the defensive zone shoots the

puck directly (without being deflected) over the glass.

3.) A player or goaltender intentionally knocks the net’s goalpost off

its moorings, which stops the play.

4.) The goaltender plays the puck out of the trapezoid behind the net. 5.) The goaltender freezes the puck rather than passing it to a team-

mate when no player on the opposing team is within sufficient distance to apply offensive pressure.

6.) Any skater other than the goaltender who uses their hands to

make the puck unplayable.

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INTERFERENCE INTERFERENCE

BODY POSITION: Body position will be determined as the player skating in front of or beside his opponent, traveling in the same direction. - A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent. POSSESSION OF THE PUCK: The last player to touch the puck, other than the goaltenders, will be considered the player in possession. RESTRAIN: The actions of a player or goaltender who does not have body position, but instead uses illegal means to impede an opponent who is not in possession of the puck. PICK: The action of a player or goaltender who checks an opponent who is not in possession of the puck and is unaware of the impending check/hit. FREE HAND: When a free hand is used to hold, pull, tug, grab or physically restrain an opponent from moving freely, this must be penalized as holding.

STICK: A player who does not have body position on his opponent, who used his stick to impede or prevent his opponent from moving freely on the ice shall be assessed a hooking penalty.

OFF-SIDES Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck into the attacking zone. (Two determining factors) 1.) One of a player’s skates is not in contact with or behind the blue

line of the attacking zone before the puck enters that zone.

2.) The puck must completely cross the edge of the blue line nearest

the attacking zone to be considered inside the attacking zone.

The act of using the stick in a manner that enables a player to restrain an opponent.

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When a player is checking another in such a way that there is only stick-tostick contact, such action is not to be penalized as hooking.

HOOKING

HOOKING

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Any player of a team, equal or superior in numerical strength to the opposing team, shoot, bat or deflect the puck from his own half of the ice beyond the goal line of the opposing team; must shoot the puck across the two red lines (center and goal lines) and touched by the defensive team. ICING WAIVED OFF

RED LINE (GOAL LINE)

1.) Team who committed “icing�

is short-handed

2.) Linesman believes the players

could have played the puck

3.) Puck enters the goal

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Player who skates or jumps into or charges an opponent in any matter. Actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, violently check an opponent in any matter.

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A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.

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A goaltender is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease area.

CROSS CHECKING The action of using the shaft of the stick between the two hands to forcefully check an opponent.

CROSS CHECKING

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CHARGING

CHARGING

FACEOFFS The action of the Referee or Linesman in dropping the puck between the sticks of two opposing players to start or resume play.

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The Referee drops the puck at the start of the period or after a goal (center circle).

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The Linesman drops for all other circles. A goaltender may not participate in a faceoff.

RULES OF THE FACE-OFF

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All players must be either lateral or behind the player taking the faceoff.

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There are nine (9) faceoff spots. (two (2) in each attacking zone; two (2) pair at each end of the neutral zone; one (1) in the center)

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An official may remove a player taking the faceoff if that player or any teammate tries to gain an unfair advantage. • Moving the stick before the puck is dropped. • Not placing the stick down on the ice properly when asked. • Not placing the body square to the faceoff spot. • Another teammate comes into the faceoff circle.

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PENALTY CALLS UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT Challenging or disputing the ruling of an official and abusing the line of respect.

HOOKING Using the stick or blade to hook an opponent.

MISCONDUCT Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike conduct.

HOLDING Using hands on an opponent or his equipment.

BOARDING Driving the opponent into the boards.

ICING Shooting the puck across the opponent’s goal line from behind the center red line and allowing the opponent to touch the puck first.

ELBOWING Using the elbow to impede an opponent.

CROSS CHECKING Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice.

INTERFERENCE Having contact with an opponent not in possession of the puck.

SPEARING Using the stick like a spear.

ROUGHING Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

KNEEING Using the knee to impede an opponent.

WASHOUT Disallowing of a goal when signaled by a referee. No off-side or icing when used by a linesman.

SLASHING Swinging the stick at an opponent.

TRIPPING Using the stick, arm or leg to cause the opponent to trip or fall.

HIGH STICKING Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent.

CHARGING Taking three or more strides before checking an opponent.

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ALL ABOUT THE RINK DASHER-BOARDS: extend no less than forty (40”) inches and no higher than forty-eight (48”) inches above the ice level. Ideal height for dasher-boards is forty-two (42”) inches. NETTING: spectator netting is hung in the ends of the arena. RED LINES (GOAL LINES): two (2) lines at each end of the rink (11’ from boards); lines are two (2”) inches wide BLUE LINES: ice area between the two goals is divided into three parts by the lines (Defending Zone, Neutral Zone, Attacking Zone); lines are twelve (12”) inches wide CENTER LINE: twelve (12”) inches wide; red in color ICE SURFACE:

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Ice Resurface Machine: The ice is resurfaced before the game, after warm-ups, between periods and when the game is over.

DIRECTION OF PLAY DEFENDING ZONE

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LW

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RW

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NAME SWEATER # *BURCHELL, Darcy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 CHARRON, Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 DEVORSKI, Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 DWYER, Gord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 FURLATT, Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 *HANSON, Trevor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 HASENFRATZ, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 HEBERT, Ghislain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 *HEBERT, Jean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 JACKSON, Dave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 JOANNETTE, Marc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 KIMMERLY, Greg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 *KNORR, Trent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 KOWAL, Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 KOZARI, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 L’ECUYER, Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 LARUE, Dennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 LEE, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 LEGGO, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 *LEMELIN, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 *LEWIS, Dave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 *LUXMORE, Thomas John . . . . . . . . 49 MARTELL, Rob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 MCCAULEY, Wes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 *MCISAAC, Jon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 MEIER, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 MORTON, Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 O’HALLORAN, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 O’ROURKE, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 PEEL, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 POCHMARA, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 POLLOCK, Kevin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 REHMAN, Kyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 ROONEY, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 *SKILLITER, Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ST-LAURENT, Francois. . . . . . . . . . . . 38 ST. PIERRE, Justin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 SUTHERLAND, Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 VAN MASSENHOVEN, Don . . . . . . . 21 WALKOM, Stephen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 WALSH, Ian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 WATSON, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

NAME SWEATER # AMELL, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 BARTON, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 BRISEBOIS, David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 CAMERON, Lonnie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 CHAMPOUX, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 CHERREY, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 CORMIER, Michel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 CVIK, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 DEVORSKI, Greg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 DRISCOLL, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 GALLOWAY, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 GIBBS, Darren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 *GRANDT, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 HENDERSON, Don . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 HEYER, Shane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 KOVACHIK, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 LAZAROWICH, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 MACH, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 MACPHERSON, Matt . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 MCELMAN, Andy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 MILLER, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 MORIN, Jean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 *MURCHISON, Kiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 MURPHY, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 MURRAY, Jonny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 NANSEN, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 NELSON, Thor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 NOWAK, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 PANCICH, Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 RACICOT, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 RODY, Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 SERICOLO, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 SHARRERS, Jay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 SHEWCHYK, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 WHELER, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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show features memorable games, series, championships, events, player profiles and more from the Penguins’ history.

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GEICO COACH’S CORNER When Dan Bylsma speaks, people listen. That’s right, you can tune into PensTV for Coach Dan’s daily chats with the media.

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PLAYS OF THE WEEK A weekly segment of the Top 5 Penguins highlights from the previous week. Categories include: top goals, top plays, top saves, top hits, and more. See if your favorite play made our countdown! CONSOL ENERGY PRESENTS “GREAT MOMENTS IN PENGUINS HISTORY” A look at historical moments and players throughout the team’s past. This

84 LUMBER LOCKER ROOM SOUNDBITES Listen in as your favorite Penguins discuss practice and games with the media.

UPMC ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT The best new music and the best NHL highlights come together in the UPMC Ultimate Highlight! Featuring new releases from major record companies, this special presentation is the ultimate in hockey entertainment. TOYOTA TWITTER Q AND A It’s your turn to interview the Penguins! Submit your question via Twitter at @penguins and we might ask your question to your favorite Penguins players! CLEARVIEW FEDERAL CREDIT UNION PROSPECT REPORT Weekly reports keep you updated on the Penguins’ prospects around the globe! From our AHL affiliate WilkesBarre/Scranton and our ECHL affiliate Wheeling Nailers to junior teams throughout the world, the Penguins stars of tomorrow are featured here every week.

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MOBILE WEB: Visit pittsburghpenguins.com on your mobile device for an experience catered to your particular phone, including recent headlines, upcoming schedule information, and recent game results.

APPS: You can download the official Pittsburgh Penguins app in iTunes and Android Market for a full multimedia experience in the palm of your hand. Watch video on demand, use GameTracker, read articles and more with one of the most advanced apps in sports.

TEXT MESSAGING: Want to receive breaking Penguins news via text message? Text PENS to 32623 to sign up. Are you a student? If so text RUSH to 32623 to sign up for the American Eagle Student Rush Mobile Club to receive text alerts about student ticket availability, contests and more. Penguins Fans can also play along with the FedEx PENS PREDICTOR game, which allows fans to participate in the excitement of Pittsburgh Penguins games by responding to a question posed by broadcasters and Penguins’ social media during pre-game festivities. Text PREDICT to 32623 to participate. Text STOP to 32623 to opt out. SOCIAL MEDIA: With one of hockey’s largest social media fan bases, following the Penguins’ Facebook page and Twitter accounts are a great way to get insider access and interact with other fans. Facebook: Visit facebook.com/penguins to “like” the Penguins. Twitter: Be sure to follow all three of the Penguins’ official Twitter accounts.

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Tickets for CONSOL Energy Center’s tours draw visitors of all ages and interests who want to see more of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home and the city’s newest, greenest entertainment facility. CONSOL Energy Center tours, presented by Bayer MaterialScience, walk visitors through areas of the building that fans might not get to see when they attend a game or other entertainment. For example, on the PNC Legends Level more than $1 million worth of artwork, done in collaboration with James Gallery of Pittsburgh, is on display. It includes large wall murals, 10 PNC Legendary Moments shadowboxes and photography featuring Pittsburgh Penguins players. Tours provide guests with an exclusive look at all seating levels of CONSOL Energy Center, as well as the First Niagara, Captain Morgan and Lexus clubs, a Canadian Party Suite, select locker rooms and more. Based on events taking place in the building, Suite 66 and the Visitor’s Hockey Locker Room are shown when available. These areas are of interest to many people but not ordinarily accessible to most visitors. One of the other features included in the tours is the centerpiece PensVision, measuring nearly 25’ wide and 15’ high and 70,000 pounds. With true High Definition resolution along with enhanced contrast and brightness, the screens redefine the arena video experience for Penguins fans. Just below the center-ice scoreboard there are two, 360 degree LED ribbon boards. These are a first of their kind in Pittsburgh. The scoreboard and LED ribbon boards combined cost a total of $8 million. Throughout CONSOL Energy Center there are over 800 flat-screen TVs. They are used to display messages to fans, keep fans in the game while away from

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their seats along with displaying the menus at the concession stands throughout the arena. On the FedEx Level, just above the American Eagle Gate, sits the World’s Largest Goalie Mask. The idea of James Gallery, it was painted by renowned artist David Arrigo, who has painted masks for several NHL goaltenders. The display is presented by Bayer MaterialScience and features “The Science of Sport” kiosks showcasing the science behind sports including how a hockey puck moves on ice.  The Goalie mask, which is 9.5 feet high by 8 feet wide by 12 feet deep and weighs in between 700-800 lbs, features the celebration of fans and players after a goal is scored. The materials used to construct the mask are protected by a high-performance polyurethane coating containing raw materials produced by Bayer MaterialScience. This basecoat serves as the foundation for both the white background and the artist’s colors. A final polyurethane clearcoat over the artwork provides additional protection and durability.  Also part of the tour is the Highmark Kid’s Zone — an interactive play area that offers both educational and recreational activities for children of all ages. The Highmark Kid’s Zone includes four Wii consoles, videos and trivia, faceoff and puck games, along with a replica of the famous Sidney Crosby dryer. Located further down the hall is the Highmark Wall of Champions. The Highmark Wall of Champions is two stories tall and contains the official jerseys of all PIHL (Pittsburgh Interscholastic Hockey League) teams, regional high schools as well as select other amateur teams in the region. “The tour highlights the environmentally friendly components of the building which qualified CONSOL Energy Center to become the first NHL Arena to receive LEED Gold Certification,” says David Peart, Vice President, Pittsburgh Penguins. “The tours allow us to highlight our continuing efforts toward improving the environment, which are detailed on 12 different plaques located throughout the building,” says Mr. Peart. For more information on tours of CONSOL Energy Center visit consolenergycenter.com/tours.

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In 2012, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation expanded the HEADS UP Pittsburgh free baseline concussion testing program to include youth athletes ages 10-14 in all sports. Since the program started in 2011, over 3,400 youth hockey players have been tested along with 1,500 athletes representing 12 other sports. The program originally began with youth hockey players only. Testing took place at UPMC Sports Medicine on the South Side, as well as at four Community College of Allegheny County locations — Boyce, North, South and West Hills Center. “Our original youth hockey testing program in 2011 was a tremendous success because it touched thousands of young players and created increased awareness about concussion safety,” said Dave Soltesz, president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. “Based on our mission to actively promote physical well being among young people in the community, it was an easy decision to expand the program to other sports beyond hockey.” While athletes are being tested, their parents meet with UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program staff to learn about “HEADS UP Pittsburgh.” Certified athletic trainers from the UPMC Sports Concussion Program supervise the program and testing. For more information, please visit pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org

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PENGUINS HISTORY AT A GLANCE

OCTOBER 11, 1967 FIRST GAME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY The Penguins played their first game as an NHL franchise. The Penguins fell 2-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in front of 9,307 fans at the Civic Arena.

JUNE 9, 1984 MARIO IS DRAFTED NHL hockey may have been born in Pittsburgh on October 11, 1967, but it came alive June 9, 1984 when Eddie Johnson stepped to the podium and selected Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick of the1984 NHL Entry Draft, the first time the Penguins had ever held the No. 1-overall selection.

MAY 25, 1991 STANLEY CUP CLINCHER With an 8-0 victory over the Minnesota North Stars, the Penguins become Stanley Cup champions for the first time in their 24-year history.

JUNE 1, 1992 STANLEY CUP CLINCHER Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

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JUNE 24, 1999 GREATEST SAVE In the greatest save of Penguins history, Lemieux and a team of investors rescued the ailing franchise from bankruptcy.

APRIL 17, 2006 YOUNGEST TO 100

DECEMBER 27, 2000 THE COMEBACK

Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history at 18 years, 253 days to record 100 points in a season on April 17, 2006. Crosby collected three assists against the New York Islanders to reach the century mark in front of a hometown crowd of 17,084 fans.

Making perhaps the greatest comeback in sports history, Mario Lemieux emerged from retirement to rejoin the Penguins. In true Mario fashion, Lemieux posted an assist on his first shift of the game en route to a three-point night in a 5-0 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.

OCTOBER 18, 2006 MALKIN’S DEBUT Evgeni Malkin made his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils. Malkin did not disappoint, beating the Devils Martin Brodeur to begin a scoring tear that saw him tie a modern-day NHL record for rookies by lighting the lamp in each of his first six games.

JANUARY 1, 2008 WINTER CLASSIC Sidney Crosby turned the page on a storybook ending with his dramatic shootout game-winner in front of 71,217 fans during the inaugural NHL Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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JUNE 12, 2009 STANLEY CUP CLINCHER

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OCTOBER 7, 2010 THE OPENING OF CONSOL ENERGY CENTER The Penguins embarked on a new era when they christened CONSOL Energy Center against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

BY THE NUMBERS As of 03.14.13 PLAYER

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22

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James Neal

27

17

12

29

2

24

8

6

0

0

93

18.3

Kris Letang

24

3

24

27

11

8

0

6

0

0

63

4.8

Evgeni Malkin

21

5

19

24

-1

30

3

11

0

0

70

7.1

Pascal Dupuis

27

11

6

17

13

20

1

0

0

0

71

15.5

Paul Martin

25

5

12

17

3

10

1

4

0

0

27

18.5

Brandon Sutter

27

8

5

13

6

4

2

1

0

0

47

17.0

Matt Cooke

27

5

7

12

-2

22

0

0

0

0

40

12.5

Matt Niskanen

19

3

4

7

-3

4

0

1

0

1

27

11.1

Beau Bennett

12

1

5

6

7

2

1

1

0

1

14

7.1

Brooks Orpik

27

0

6

6

6

12

0

0

0

0

20

0.0

Simon Despres

19

2

4

6

7

16

0

1

0

1

19

10.5

Tyler Kennedy

27

3

2

5

-2

10

0

1

0

1

59

5.1

Deryk Engelland

26

0

4

4

6

34

0

0

0

0

17

0.0

Craig Adams

27

2

1

3

-5

15

0

0

0

0

27

7.4

Robert Bortuzzo

11

1

1

2

3

20

0

0

0

0

7

14.3

Joe Vitale

22

0

2

2

-8

11

0

0

0

0

19

0.0

Dustin Jeffrey

14

2

0

2

E

2

0

0

0

0

16

12.5

Tanner Glass

27

0

0

0

-9

36

0

0

0

0

24

0.0

Mark Eaton

5

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

Dylan Reese

7

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.0

98 166

264

76

320

26

49

0

0

832

11.8

TEAM TOTALS

27

GOALIES

GP

W

L

OTL

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

Marc-Andre Fleury

19

13

5

0

2.67

427

0.901

0

47

474

2

1

Tomas Vokoun

11

6

3

0

3.08

249

0.896

1

29

278

2

1

TOTALS

30

19

8

0

2.81

676

0.899

1

76

752

4

2

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

HEADSHOTS Active players as of 03.14.13

MATT

EATON

PASCAL

TANNER

9

10

2

DUPUIS

4

GLASS

BRANDON

JAMES

16

18

SUTTER

102

MARK

NISKANEN

NEAL

DERYK

ENGELLAND

5

CHRIS

KUNITZ

14

BEAU

BENNETT

19

PAUL

MARTIN

7

DUSTIN

JEFFREY

15

MATT

COOKE

24


CRAIG

MARC-ANDRE

27

29

ADAMS

JOE

VITALE

46

FLEURY

SIMON

DESPRES

47

SIDNEY

CROSBY

87

ROBERT

BROOKS

41

44

BORTUZZO

TYLER

KENNEDY

48

ORPIK

KRIS

LETANG

58

TOMAS

VOKOUN

92

103


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

ROSTER Active players as of 03.14.13

#

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

#

2

Matt Niskanen

D

6-0

209

24 Matt Cooke

LW 5-11

205

4

Mark Eaton

D

6-1

215

27 Craig Adams

RW

197

5

Deryk Engelland

D

6-2

202

29 Marc-Andre Fleury

G

6-2

180

7

Paul Martin

D

6-1

200

41 Robert Bortuzzo

D

6-4

215

9

Pascal Dupuis

RW

6-1

205

44 Brooks Orpik

D

6-2

219

LW

6-1

210

46 Joe Vitale

C

5-11

205

10 Tanner Glass

PLAYER

POS

HT

6-0

WT

14 Chris Kunitz

LW

6-0

193

47 Simon Despres

D

6-4

214

15 Dustin Jeffrey

LW

6-1

205

48 Tyler Kennedy

C

5-11

183

C

6-3

183

58 Kris Letang

D

6-0

201

18 James Neal

LW

6-2

208

87 Sidney Crosby

C

5-11

200

19 Beau Bennett

RW

6-2

207

92 Tomas Vokoun

G

6-1

210

16 Brandon Sutter

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS

ROSTER Active players as of 03.14.13

#

PLAYER

3

Tom Poti

8

Alex Ovechkin

9

Mike Ribeiro

POS

HT

WT

#

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

D

6-3

190

27 Karl Alzner

D

6-3

213

LW

6-3

230

30 Michal Neuvirth

G

6-1

209

C

6-0

177

36 Tomas Kundratek

15 Joey Crabb

RW

6-1

190

42 Joel Ward

16 Eric Fehr

RW

6-4

212

17 Wojtek Wolski

LW

6-3

19 Nicklas Backstrom

D

6-2

201

RW

6-1

226

45 Cameron Schilling

D

6-2

182

215

55 Jeff Schultz

D

6-6

230

C

6-1

213

61 Steve Oleksy

D

6-0

190

20 Troy Brouwer

RW

6-3

213

70 Braden Holtby

G

6-2

203

21 Brooks Laich

C

6-2

210

74 John Carlson

D

6-3

212

24 Aaron Volpatti

LW

6-0

215

83 Jay Beagle

RW

6-3

215

25 Jason Chimera

LW

6-3

213

85 Mathieu Perreault

C

5-10

185

26 Matt Hendricks

C

6-0

211

90 Marcus Johansson

C

6-1

205

105


WASHINGTON CAPITALS

HEADSHOTS Active players as of 03.14.13

TOM

POTI

3

ERIC

8

WOJTEK

MIKE

RIBEIRO

9

NICKLAS

JOEY

CRABB

15

TROY

FEHR

WOLSKI

BACKSTROM

BROUWER

16

17

19

20

BROOKS

106

ALEX

OVECHKIN

AARON

JASON

MATT

LAICH

VOLPATTI

CHIMERA

HENDRICKS

21

24

25

26


KARL

MICHAL

TOMAS

JOEL

ALZNER

NEUVIRTH

KUNDRATEK

WARD

27

30

36

42

CAMERON

JEFF

STEVE

BRADEN

SCHILLING

SCHULTZ

OLEKSY

HOLTBY

45

55

61

70

JOHN

JAY

MATHIEU

MARCUS

CARLSON

BEAGLE

PERREAULT

JOHANSSON

74

83

85

90

107


WASHINGTON CAPITALS

BY THE NUMBERS As of 03.14.13 PLAYER

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

Mike Ribeiro

25

9

19

28

-3

34

Nicklas Backstrom

25

3

18

21

E

8

1

7

0

0

42

7.1

Alex Ovechkin

25

9

11

20

-7

24

6

4

0

0

101

8.9

Troy Brouwer

24

9

7

16

-4

22

4

5

0

0

55

16.4

Joel Ward

25

6

8

14

5

12

1

2

0

0

37

16.2

Eric Fehr

22

6

6

12

8

6

1

0

1

0

38

15.8

John Carlson

25

4

7

11

-1

12

0

1

0

0

56

7.1

Mathieu Perreault

18

4

6

10

2

16

2

1

0

0

19

21.1

Wojtek Wolski

23

4

4

8

-1

6

0

1

0

0

48

8.3

Jason Chimera

25

0

8

8

-5

20

0

0

0

0

51

0.0

Tomas Kundratek

24

1

6

7

-4

8

0

3

0

0

23

4.3

Mike Green

16

2

5

7

1

6

0

3

0

0

36

5.6

Matt Hendricks

25

4

2

6

-1

46

0

0

0

0

27

14.8

John Erskine

17

3

2

5

6

20

0

0

0

0

24

12.5

Steve Oleksy

PPG PPA 5

SHG

SHA

SOG

SPCT

0

0

33

27.3

10

5

1

3

4

2

7

0

0

0

0

5

20.0

Jay Beagle

25

1

3

4

-1

8

0

0

0

0

32

3.1

Jeff Schultz

20

0

3

3

-6

10

0

0

0

0

12

0.0

Tom Poti

13

0

2

2

-1

2

0

1

0

0

8

0.0

Marcus Johansson

11

1

1

2

-8

0

1

0

0

0

7

14.3

Karl Alzner

25

1

1

2

E

8

0

0

0

0

16

6.3

Joey Crabb

23

1

0

1

-2

6

0

0

0

0

18

5.6

Roman Hamrlik

4

0

1

1

-1

2

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

Cameron Schilling

1

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

Aaron Volpatti

3

0

0

0

E

5

0

0

0

0

1

0.0

Jack Hillen

1

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

69 124

193

-23

296

21

39

1

0

691

10.0

TEAM TOTALS

25

GOALIES

GP

W

L

OTL

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

Braden Holtby

18

9

9

0

2.97

489

0.909

3

49

538

2

1

Michal Neuvirth

8

1

4

1

2.98

170

0.890

0

21

191

0

0

Philipp Grubauer

2

0

1

0

3.57

54

0.915

0

5

59

0

0

28

10

14

1

3.01

713

0.905

3

75

788

2

1

TOTALS

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Sidney Crosby. Steven Stamkos. Ryan Getzlaf. Jeff Carter. Chris Kunitz? When Kunitz woke up on the morning of March 11, he found his name among the NHL leader board in several categories: points, goals and plus/minus rating. The Penguins winger ranked third in the NHL scoring race with 36 points, sat second (tied) in goals with 17, and topped the league with a plus-21 rating. “That’s unchartered territory for me,” Kunitz joked. If the Penguins were playing a normal 82-game season, Kunitz would have been on pace for 54 goals, 60 assists and 114 points. Kunitz, 33, had his biggest night of the season on March 10 against the New York Islanders. He scored three goals for his fourth-career hat trick, and added to assists for a new career-high five-point game. The Penguins fans celebrated the hat trick by throwing sock monkey puppets on the ice (the promotional giveaway item of the night). “The puck seems to be going in the net,” he said. “Hopefully, it keeps going.” continued on page 113

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It isn’t that surprising to see Kunitz scoring goals with such success. After all, he is a five-time 20-goal scorer. What is a little surprising is the way he’s scoring his goals. Kunitz plays a physical and fast brand of hockey. He’s a guy that likes to get his hands dirty around the net and in the blue paint. He picks up a lot of his goals on rebounds and in net-front battles. But lately he’s also been scoring goals off of odd-man rushes and from the perimeter — an area where snipers prefer to shoot. “We see [Kunitz] at the net so often, we see him around the cage an awful lot and that’s more typical of his type of goals,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We don’t view him as a sniper or just a shooter. He has scored a few more recently. I think some of it is Sidney finding him in those high areas, that high one-time pass and Chris has converted several times.” Crosby, Kunitz’s longtime linemate, said part of their line’s production is the result of knowing each other so well and their similar mindsets. “Every night as a centerman you know he’s going to be physical, create loose pucks, be around the net,” Crosby said. “It’s much easier continued on page 114

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to read off of those plays when you know where a guy will be. The more you play with a guy, you know what to expect. Kunitz is pretty easy to read. He’s up and down the wing, goes hard to the net, in on the forecheck. “We like to attack. We have that same mentality. When there’s openings or open ice, we both know we’re going for it.” Like a true teammate, Kunitz likes to give the credit for his scoring boom to playing alongside the best player in the NHL. “’Sid’ draws a lot of attention to him,” Kunitz said. “It’s getting behind guys and finding areas, we’ve scored a couple third-man high goals when people turn and focus on him. “I attribute all or most of my success to playing with him.” And while Kunitz enjoys seeing his name among Crosby, Stamkos, Getzlaf and Carter, he is much more interested in getting two points for his team than himself. “It’s rewarding and nice to get some wins,” Kunitz said. “[Winning] feels better than points.” That said, he doesn’t mind the points. “We’re having a lot of fun,” he said. “When you come back to the bench smiling, that’s a good thing.” Kunitz has been smiling a lot this season.

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66 MARIO LEMIEUX

Center, 1984-97, 2000-06

10 RON FRANCIS Center, 1991-98

25 KEVIN STEVENS

Left Wing, 1987-95, 2001

Defense, 1991-95

Right Wing, 1990-2001

19 JEAN PRONOVOST Right Wing, 1968-78

TOM BARRASSO Goaltender, 1988-2000

4 DAVE BURROWS Defense, 1971-78, 1980-82

17 RICK KEHOE

Right Wing, 1974-85

77 PAUL COFFEY Defense, 1987-92

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68 JAROMIR JAGR

55 LARRY MURPHY Defense, 1990-95

26 SYL APPS

Center, 1970-77

30 LES BINKLEY

Goaltender, 1967-72

7 JOE MULLEN

Right Wing, 1990-95, 1996-97

10 PIERRE LAROUCHE Center, 1974-77

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BUILDING INFORMATION ALCOHOL Guests of CONSOL Energy Center must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages. ARAMARK reserves the right to check proof of legal drinking age. There is a maximum of TWO (2) alcoholic beverages per purchase at all concession stands and portable vendors. For Pittsburgh Penguins games, all alcohol sales within the arena will conclude at the beginning of the third period. Individual concerts and events are determined on a show-by-show basis.

ATM MACHINES For the convenience of our fans, ATMs are available in CONSOL Energy Center: First Niagara Bank - Outside section 119 and 230, and in the lobby of the Trib Total Media Gate PNC Bank on PNC Legends Level - Outside of party suite 44 and suite 13

AUTOMOTIVE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AAA will have a “Puck Truck” at all Penguins home games. The “Puck Truck” is available to assist patrons that have trouble with their vehicles in CONSOL Energy Center lots only. Fans can call 1.800.AAA.HELP after the start of the third period.

BABY CHANGING STATIONS Baby changing stations are available in all restrooms, located on all seating levels of CONSOL Energy Center.

BAGS, BACKPACKS AND PURSES For security purposes, only small personal bags (purses, baby or diaper bags, etc.) will be permitted inside CONSOL Energy Center and all items are subject to search upon entrance. Large bags, coolers, backpacks and sealed packages, including gifts for performers and/or athletes of any kind are not permitted unless otherwise noted on the individual event page.

BANNERS AND SIGNS Banners and signs are permitted for most events, providing they are appropriate, as deemed by building management. Signs must not be commercial in nature or utilize wood, metal or other types of objects for support. They cannot be hung or fastened anywhere in the building or in any way obstruct another guest’s view or building signage.

FIRST AID There are two (2) UPMC First Aid Stations, one on each level of CONSOL Energy Center. UPMC First Aid is located adjacent to the Guest Services office outside section 104 and behind the concession stand at section 232.

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CAMERAS Cameras are permitted into CONSOL Energy Center for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games and most events. If allowed, CONSOL Energy Center building policy states only small personal still cameras equipped with three (3) inch lens or smaller be brought into the building. Cameras with detachable lenses or flashes are not permitted. Video, audio and professional camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited in the building. For all other non-hockey events, camera policies will vary. Please check the individual event page for further information.

CREDIT CARDS VISA, Discover, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted at all merchandise and concession stands.

has a no re-entry policy; once you leave the building during an event, you will not be permitted to return.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION In the event of an emergency, CONSOL Energy Center staff will utilize the public address (PA) system to inform guests of the situation and any instructions as applicable. All exits and emergency exits are posted with appropriate signage.

ENTRANCES AND EXITS There are four (4) points of entry into CONSOL Energy Center: American Eagle Gate (Fifth Avenue and Washington Place), Trib Total Media Gate (Centre Avenue Lower Entrance), Verizon Gate (Centre Avenue Upper Entrance), and a private parking garage entrance for suite ticket holders.

DESIGNATED DRIVERS Guests of legal drinking age who hold a valid driver’s license and wish to sign up to be a designated driver, may visit Guest Services at section 104 for specific Designated Driver booth locations during Pittsburgh Penguins games. In return for safe and sober transportation of their group from CONSOL Energy Center, the designated driver will receive a coupon redeemable for a complimentary soft drink during the game.

DOORS OPEN Doors generally open one (1) hour prior to the start of an event at CONSOL Energy Center, including Pittsburgh Penguins games. Please check the individual event page for further information. CONSOL Energy Center

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FAMILY RESTROOMS Family restrooms are available on all levels of CONSOL Energy Center near sections 106/107, 108, 115, 121, 213, 225, party suite 44 and suite 13.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES No food or beverages of any kind are permitted to be brought into CONSOL Energy Center. Concession stands located throughout the arena sell a wide variety of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Patrons continued on page 134


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requesting to bring in outside food or beverage due to health conditions should contact Guest Services in advance at info@consolenergycenter. com. Pennsylvania State Law prohibits the sale of alcohol to all persons under the age of 21. Guests are required to show proper identification and proof of age when purchasing alcoholic beverages.

LOST AND FOUND If an item is lost or found during an event please see the Guest Services office located outside section 104. Guests inquiring about lost items after an event should call 412.804.7903. Items lost at events are held in storage for thirty (30) days and then either disposed of or donated to an appropriate charity.

QUESTIONS For general questions, please call 412.642.1800 or e-mail info@consolenergycenter.com.

RE-ENTRY POLICY Exit and re-entry is not permitted at CONSOL Energy Center.

SECURITY In the interest of guests and staff safety, a search process is required for all events in order to prevent guests from bringing unauthorized and prohibited items into the arena.

SMOKING POLICY Smoking is not permitted inside CONSOL Energy Center.

PENSGEAR PensGear Powered by Reebok, the official team store of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is located in the lobby of CONSOL Energy Center, inside the Trib Total Media Gate. Store hours vary. Please call 412.553.8553 for more information. Refer to page 216 for additional store locations throughout CONSOL Energy Center.

PROHIBITED ITEMS Bags, back packs, air horns, coolers (hard/soft sided), thermoses, large purses, cans, bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, video or audio recording devices, professional cameras/lens, tripods, banners or signs on poles, weapons or any other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate are strictly prohibited. Small purses, camera cases, binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted, however, all items that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Birthday and anniversary messages can be displayed at Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games only. A $20 donation is required to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. To have a birthday or anniversary message displayed, visit the ‘Fan Zone’ section of pittsburghpenguins.com. All requests must be placed at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to each game.

TAG-A-KID In the event a parent and child might be separated at a CONSOL Energy Center event, parents can register their child with the Tag-A-Kid program. A wristband with the parent’s seat location continued on page 137


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and contact number will be given to the child. Registration is available at the Guest Services office located outside section 104.

VIDEO CAMERAS Use of video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. CONSOL Energy Center reserves the right to confiscate any tape or film and remove the patron from the building.

WHEELCHAIRS A limited number of wheelchairs are available for transporting guests that are disabled to their seating location. Guests can be transported from the gates to their seats. If a wheelchair is needed for the duration of the event, guests must supply their own wheelchairs. Wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance. Upon arrival, guests can arrange for a wheelchair at any entrance of CONSOL Energy

Center. Please see a CONSOL Energy Center employee to assist with wheelchair transportation.

WILL CALL Tickets ordered or prepaid can be picked up at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office, located in the lobby of the Trib Total Media Gate. Will Call windows open one (1) hour prior to events and patrons must present valid photo identification and the credit card of record when picking up tickets.

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CONCESSIONS GUIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES/BEER

Iron City Light 102, 110, 112, 207, 234

Stella Artois Draft 102, 112, 207

All permanent concession stands Souvenir Collectible Series Cup available

Labatt Blue Draft 102, 106, 112, 120, 121, 206, 207

Stella Artois 106, 108, 117, 120, 213, 215, 217, 233

Allegheny Pale Ale 102, 112, 207

Labatt Blue 105, 108, 109, 110, 117, 118, 119, 120, 202, 204, 213, 214, 215, 217, 228, 233, 234

Straub 106, 108

Babbling Blonde 102, 112 Bass 102, 106, 108, 112, 120, 207, 213 Beck’s 120, 213 Blue Moon Draft 207 Blue Moon 102, 106, 108, 112, 120, 213 Bud Light Draft 101, 102, 103, 106, 107, 108, 111, 112, 113, 116, 121, 205, 211, 212, 223, 231 Bud Light 102 Landing, 105, 115, 117, 118, 119, 201, 204, 214, 215, 217, 218, 225, 233 Bud Light Platinum 102 Landing, 106, 108, 112, 120, 213 Budweiser 102, 105, 106, 108, 112, 117, 118, 119, 204, 215, 217, 233 Coors Light Draft 108 Coors Light 102, 106, 108, 110, 112, 207, 218, 234 Corona 102, 112, 120, 207, 213 Goose Island Verizon Gate Goose Island IPA 120, 213, 207 Henry Weinhards IPA 207 Iron City Amber 102, 106, 108, 112, 120, 207, 213 Iron City Light Draft 106, 108, 119

Labatt Blue Light Draft 103, 108, 113, 206 Labatt Blue Light 102, 105, 106, 109, 110, 112, 117, 118, 119, 120, 201, 202, 204, 207, 214, 215, 217, 218, 225, 228, 233, 234 Leinenkugel-Wheat Draft 207 Leinenkugel-Seasonal Draft 207 Leffe Brown 120, 213 Magic Hat # 9 102, 106, 108, 112, 120, 207, 213 Mich Ultra 102, 105, 106, 108, 112, 119, 215, Verizon Gate Miller Lite Draft 101, 102, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 205, 207, 232

COCKTAILS, WINE, MALTERNATIVES Cocktails 102, 112, 207 Wine 102, 112, 207 Bacardi Lemon 102, 105, 106, 108, 109, 112, 117, 119, 121, 202, 203, 204, 206, 207, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 225, 233, 234 Smirnoff Ice 102, 105, 106, 108, 109, 112, 117, 119, 121, 202, 203, 204, 206, 207, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 225, 233, 234

SOFT DRINKS, BOTTLED WATER, BOTTLED TEA, ENERGY DRINKS, COFFEE

Miller Lite 102 Landing, 105, 115, 117, 119, 215, 217, 218, 225 O’Doul’s 102, 106, 108, 112, 207 Old Wylie’s IPA 102, 106, 108, 112, 207 Penn Pilsner 102, 106, 108, 112, 207, 218 Redbridge (gluten free) 102, 108, 112, 116, 120, 207, 213 Rivertowne Draft 119, 205

Fountain Soft Drinks - RC Cola, Diet RC Cola, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, 7UP, Country Time Lemonade Available at All Permanent Stand Locations

Rolling Rock 108, 110, 204, 234 Shock Top - Draft 102, 106, 108, 112 Shock Top Verizon Gate

32 oz. Souvenir Collectible Series Cup with ONE FREE REFILL

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BOTTLED BEVERAGES RC Cola, Diet RC Cola, 7UP 105, 115, 118, 202, 204, 214, 216, 218, 225, 233 Sunkist Orange 109, 116, 223, 231, 232 Diet Sunkist Orange 105, 109, 119, 120, 121, 202, 206, 230 A&W Root Beer 105, 107, 109, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 202, 204, 205, 206, 211, 212, 214, 218, 223, 225, 230, 231, 232, 233 Hawaiian Punch 105, 107, 116, 119, 120, 121, 202, 206, 212, 223, 231 Ginger Ale 105, 107, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 204, 206, 211, 212, 216, 218, 223, 225, 230, 231, 232, 233 Cherikee Red 109, 119, 120, 121, 205, 211, 230, 232

BBQ @ SMOKEHOUSE Beef Brisket, Chicken & Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Platters 115, 205 Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos 205 Pulled Pork Nachos 103, 113, 115, 118, 204, 233 NEW Smoked Turkey Leg 205 NEW Loaded Baked Potato 103, 113, 205

CHICKEN SPECIALTIES Chicken Tenders 101, 107, 108, 111, 120, 212, 232 Buffalo Tenders 108, 120

Sun Drop 105, 107, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 202, 204, 205, 206, 211, 212, 218, 223, 225, 231, 232, 233

Grilled Chicken Sandwich 107, 212, 232

Diet Sun Drop 107, 116, 119, 120, 121, 205, 206, 211, 212

Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich 108

Bottled Water 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 223, 225, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234 Fiji Bottled Water 108, 211 All Sport 108, 116, 205, 223 Snapple Iced Tea 107, 108, 116, 119, 120, 121, 205, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232 Venom Energy Drink 102, 107, 108, 112, 116, 120, 121, 207, 211, 212, 223, 231, 232 COFFEE 103, 113 Dunkin Donuts - Specialty Coffee & Hot Chocolate 109, 212

Burgatory “Hot Chick” Sandwich 206

NEW Duos - Two Each Fried Chicken Sandwich 101, 111

Hot Dog 101, 107, 109, 111, 116, 121, 212, 218, 223, 225, 231, 232 Topped Hot Dog 218, 225 Jumbo Corn Dog 108, 120 Man vs. Food - 1/2 Pound Topped Hot Dog 230 Italian Sausage 107, 212, 232 NEW Hot Italian Sausage 101, 111 Smoked Sausage 109, 116, 121, 223, 231

NEW HEALTHY CHOICE OPTIONS Salad Rolls * 116 Bibb Lettuce Cups * 116 Local Vegetables * 116 Vegetable Tacos * 116

Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos 205 Smoked BBQ Chicken Sandwich 115, 205

Cobb Salad * 116 Local Baby Greens * 116

Dings (Wings - Variety) 101, 111

Yogurt * 116

GRILL ITEMS

Schearer’s Chips * 108, 116

Fresh Angus Beef Hamburger/ Cheeseburger (single/double) 107, 212, 232 Burgatory Burgers 206 NEW Duos - Two each Cheeseburgers 101, 111 CheeseSteak 108 * Gluten Free

Beverages * 116 Fresh Fruit * 103, 108, 113 Fresh Selection Salads * 103, 107, 108, 113 Fruit Smoothie * 103, 113 Falafel Gyro (vegetarian) 108

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Honey Smoked Turkey Wrap 108, 120 NEW Roasted Turkey Sandwich 103, 113 NEW Caprese Sandwich 103, 113

PIZZA HUT Pizza Singles 9” 107, 120, 212, 232 Pizza By the Slice 103, 113

SUSHI

Psychedelic ‘Shroom Burgatory 206

Nakama 101, 105, 111

SPECIALTY ITEMS & CARVERY

FAN FAVORITES FRENCH FRIES, NACHOS, POPCORN & SNACKS

Beef & Lamb Gyro 108 NEW Pastrami on Rye 103,108,113

French Fries 101, 107, 111, 119, 120, 212, 232

Italian Hoagie 108

NEW Large French Fries 107, 120, 212, 232

Chef’s Specialty Carved Sandwiches 107, First Niagara & Captain Morgan Clubs

Burgatory Fries 206

NEW Cheesesteak Taco 101, 103

Sweet Potato Fries 120, 232

NEW Smashed Ball (Beef Meatball) 103, 113

Cajun Fries 107, 120, 212, 232

NEW P’Burgh Boy Sandwich 103, 113 Kielbasa Grinder 107, 112 Primanti Brothers Sandwiches 119

Topped French Fries 108

Nachos Grande 103, 105, 109, 113, 116, 118, 121, 204, 205, 211, 216, 223, 230, 231, 233 Braided Pretzels with Dip 103, 108, 109, 113, 116, 120, 121, 211, 223, 230, 231

ICE CREAM/ ITALIAN ICE Dairy Queen - Dilly Bar, Buster Bar, Stars & Stripes Starkiss 105, 234 Ice Cream Cup or Waffle Cone 109, 116, 223 Rita’s Italian Ice 116 Burgatory Milk Shakes 206

KIDS STAND

Peanut Butter Nuggets (H.K. Anderson) 103, 109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 212, 223, 231

Kids Hot Dog 116

Kids Soft Drink 116

Specialty Nuts 105, 202

Peanuts 103,109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 212, 218, 223, 225, 230, 231

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 107

Popcorn 103, 105, 109, 113, 116, 121, 202, 211, 223, 231

Kids Nacho 116

Soup of the Day 107

NEW Sarris Chocolates 101, 109, 111, 116, 121, 211, 223, 231

BAKED GOODS

Onion Rings 101, 107, 111 NEW Cheese Curds 101, 111

Kids Popcorn 116

Milk 116

Variety of Baked Goods 102

Cracker Jack 103, 105, 109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 223, 230, 231 Candy 103, 109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231 Cotton Candy 105, 202

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2012 NHL DRAFT

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Name: Olli Maatta Selection: First Round (22nd overall) Position: D Height: 6-2 Weight: 206 Amateur Team: Portland (OHL)

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Name: Derrick Pouliot Selection: First Round (8th overall) Position: D Height: 5-11 Weight: 195 Amateur Team: London (WHL)

Name: Oskar Sundqvist Selection: Third Round (81st overall) Position: C Height: 6-3 Weight: 182 Amateur Team: Skelleftea Jr. (SWE-JR)

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Name: Theodor “Teddy” Blueger Selection: Second Round (52nd overall) Position: C Height: 6-1 Weight: 183 Amateur Team: Shattuck-St. Mary’s (HIGH-MN)

Name: Matthew Murray Selection: Third Round (83rd overall) Position: G Height: 6-4 Weight: 166 Amateur Team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Name: Sean Maguire Selection: Fourth Round (113th overall) Position: G Height: 6-2 Weight: 202 Amateur Team: Powell River (BCHL)

Name: Matia Marcantuoni Selection: Fourth Round (92nd overall) Position: F Height: 6-0 Weight: 197 Amateur Team: Kitchener (OHL)

Name: Clark Seymour Selection: Fifth Round (143rd overall) Position: D Height: 6-4 Weight: 202 Amateur Team: Peterborough (OHL)

Name: Anton Zlobin Selection: Sixth Round (173rd overall) Position: RW Height: 5-11 Weight: 189 Amateur Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL; rights traded to Val-d’Or)

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Joining the American Hockey League for its inaugural season in 1999-00, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have established themselves as one the most successful franchises in the league. After posting a 23-43-9-5 record in its first season of play and missing the playoffs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton enjoyed one of the biggest turnarounds in league history as the team made it to its first-ever Calder Cup Final appearance in 2001. Though they would fall to the Saint John Flames in six games, the Penguins would carry on a tradition of success both on and off the ice. In total, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has appeared in the Calder Cup Final three times and reached the playoffs in 11 out of 13 seasons, including 10 consecutive postseason berths — tied for the longest active streak in the AHL. The 1999-00 season saw the Penguins sellout 26 games their inaugural season. The following year Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton set the league record by selling out the entire season (40-games) en route to a streak BRAD THIESSEN of 144 consecutive sellouts that still stands today as an AHL record. The AHL-affiliate to the Pittsburgh Penguins since its inception, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has helped develop former draft picks such as Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Tyler Kennedy and Joe Vitale. Ten former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lifted the Stanley Cup when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit in seven games in 2009. continued on page 150

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The Penguins have also seen many of their coaches rise up the ranks with Dan Bylsma and Todd Reirden manning the bench in Pittsburgh, Michel Therrien in Montreal, Todd Richards in Columbus and Mike Yeo in Minnesota. The 2010-11 season marked one for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history books. Under the guidance of first-year head coach John Hynes, the SIMON DESPRES Penguins went 58-21-0-1 to claim their first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions. In the process, Hynes won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach, while the team set records for wins in a season (58), points ZAC SILL in a season (117), and fewest losses in a season (21). Goaltender Brad Thiessen joined Dany Sabourin as the team’s second recipient of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award. Now in their 14th season of play, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have amassed more wins (450) and points (987) than any other team in the league over the last ten years.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) 670 North River St., Suite 210 • Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705 Phone: 570-208-PENS Website: wbspenguins.com Chief Executive Officer/Governor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Barrett General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ray Shero Asst . General Manager/Alt . Governor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Botterill Executive V .P ./Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Greg Petorak Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hynes Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alain Nasreddine DATE

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10/13/2012

7:05 PM

W-B/Scranton

@ Binghamton

1/23/2013

7:05 PM

St. John’s

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10/19/2012

7:00 PM

W-B/Scranton

@ Springfield

1/25/2013

7:05 PM

W-B/Scranton

@ Rochester

10/20/2012 7:05 PM

Bridgeport

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1/26/2013

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Syracuse

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2/1/2013

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MIKE LANGE

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One of the most unique broadcasters in professional sports, Mike Lange is calling games in his 36th season with the Penguins, handling radio play-by-play on the club’s flagship station, 105.9 FM “The X” and the Penguins Radio Network. Known for his creative and colorful style, including trademark phrases such as “Buy Sam A Drink And Get His Dog One, Too,” Lange was awarded the Foster Hewitt award by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. Lange’s relationship with the Penguins began in 1974-75, when he broke into the NHL as a radio play-by-play man. He left for one season, but returned in 1976-77 and has been a fixture on the Penguins’ scene ever since. Lange did radio exclusively until 1979, when games were simulcast on radio and TV. He served as the television voice of the Penguins through 2005-06, before returning to the radio booth in 2006-07. A native of Sacramento, California, Lange earned a degree in broadcasting from Sacramento State University before starting his career as the voice of the Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL) in 1970. He also served as the play-by-play voice of the San Diego Gulls (WHL) in 1973-74 before joining the Penguins. In addition to his tenure with the Penguins, Lange handled play-by-play duties for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986-87. A well-known member of the Pittsburgh community, Lange makes numerous personal appearances throughout the year and is actively involved in charity work.

PHIL BOURQUE

PENGUINS RADIO NETWORK COLOR ANALYST

Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Bourque is in his eighth season on the Penguins broadcast team, serving as color commentator alongside Mike Lange. A gritty winger/defenseman, Bourque was signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1982, and went on to record 164 points (75G-89A) in 344 regular-season games with the Penguins between 1983 and 1992. For his career he totaled 199 points (88G-111A) in 477 games with the Penguins, New York Rangers and Ottawa. Since retiring from professional hockey in 2000, Bourque has co-hosted Penguins pre- and post-game shows on the Penguins Radio Network and worked as a contributor for WPXI-TV’s coverage of Penguins hockey.

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After a 17-year career as the Penguins beat writer for the Washington Observer-Reporter, Bob Grove joined the team’s radio broadcasts in 1998 as a frequent studio host/co-host and is now in his seventh season as full-time host of the pre- and post-game broadcasts and intermissions on the Penguins Hockey Network. Grove wrote Pittsburgh Penguins: The Official History of the First 30 Years in 1997 and has contributed game notes to GOAL Magazine inserts or IceTime programs for every Pittsburgh home game since 1986. He was also a contributor to the second edition of Total Hockey and to The Game I’ll Never Forget. He is a senior writer covering hockey for the Pittsburgh Sports Report and also hosts Bob Grove’s Hot Stove on Penguins Radio 24/7.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will feature 13 teams playing at the AAA level — eight boys teams and five girls teams. “Part of our overall vision of supporting local youth hockey has been to create an elite Pittsburgh Penguins youth program that would attract top players in different age groups, offering an excellent environment to develop skills, teach teamwork and compete against top teams from other areas,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “The Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) do such a great job of growing the game here, and there are a number of good amateur programs. But we thought it made sense to have a AAA program directly affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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“The opportunity to partner with one of the top AAA programs in the country in the Pittsburgh Hornets and one of the most sociallyconscious, sportsoriented businesses in Dick’s Sporting Goods is one that excites us. We think we can do great things together as Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.” The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will compete in the Tier I Elite Hockey League that includes the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the Buffalo Junior Sabres, the DC Capitals, the Dallas AAA Stars, the Phoenix Junior Coyotes and the Los Angeles Junior Kings, among others. “Dick’s Sporting Goods is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program. At Dick’s, we are passionate about youth sports and committed to helping young athletes achieve their goals of playing at the highest level,” said Lauren Hobart, Dick’s Sporting Goods Senior Vice President and

“OUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE PENGUINS’ ELITE PROGRAM IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HELP ATHLETES IN OUR HOME TOWN OF PITTSBURGH, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE TEAM COME TOGETHER AND THRIVE.” ~ Lauren Hobart continued on page 167

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Chief Marketing Officer. “Our involvement with the Penguins’ Elite program is a great opportunity for us to help athletes in our home town of Pittsburgh, and we look forward to seeing the team come together and thrive.” The eight boys’ teams will play in the following age groups: Midget (1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 birth years); Bantam (1998 and 1999), Pee Wee (2000 and 2001) and Squirt (2002 and 2003). The girls program will field teams at the 19-and-under, 16-andunder, 14-and-under, 12-and-under and 10-and-under levels The boys’ teams will practice and play home games at RMU Island Sports Center. The girls’ teams will practice and play home games at both RMU Island Sports Center and Shadyside Academy. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Boys will host the 2013 USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships in the Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14 age groups at RMU Island Sports Center. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Girls will host an annual Thanksgiving Classic — one of the largest AAA Girls tournaments in the US and Canada, attracting close to 100 teams.

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Sidney Crosby and his family wanted to help parents introduce their children to the game of hockey — and to do it without having to incur a prohibitive up-front cost. The result is the Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program. This generous donation and tremendous, one-of-a-kind opportunity allows children, aged 4-8, to receive free head-to-toe hockey equipment and 10 sessions of on-ice instruction. The 2012-13 season will be the fifth consecutive year for the Little Penguins program, which continues to grow. Last season twenty-three rinks hosted the program, which includes four girls-only locations. Since the program began during the 2008-2009 season more than 3,200 children have been introduced to hockey through this program. This season, 1,000 participants aged 4-8 will receive free gear and learn the game. Thanks to the combined efforts of Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins Foundation, Reebok, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, all participants receive full sets of Reebok SC87 equipment, including skates, stick, helmet, gloves, pants, shoulder pads, shin pads, elbow pads, and an equipment bag, as well as an official Little Penguins jersey and helmet stickers. After four highly successful seasons, the program sells out quickly. During the pre-registration period, parents may view information regarding participating rinks, starting dates, number of sessions, and times of instructional sessions, which are listed on the Penguins’ website. For participant convenience, registration will occur online at pittsburghpenguins.com. “We were both excited and amazed by the reaction to the Little Penguins program in previous seasons, and we’re happy to be able to

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offer the program again for another year,” Crosby said. “The goal is to continue to create opportunities for more kids in the Pittsburgh area to take up hockey. With the Little Penguins program, they can receive head-to-toe hockey equipment and learn the game in a fun and organized way.” “It’s a tribute to Sid and his family that they want to reach out and create this incredible opportunity for children in the Pittsburgh area,” said Penguins CEO and President David Morehouse. “One of their goals was to help parents by providing free head-to-toe hockey equipment to properly equip their children. The Penguins are honored to join Reebok and Dick’s Sporting Goods in supporting Sid and this great program.”

“IT’S A TRIBUTE TO SID AND HIS FAMILY THAT THEY WANT TO REACH OUT AND CREATE THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA.” ~ David Morehouse

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SKATE, SKATE, SKATE No matter what level you are playing, skating is everything when it comes to hockey. However, skating isn’t just about being able to move backwards or forwards. Change of direction is critical when your team is on the transition from defense to offense, or vice versa. That makes being able stop, turn or pivot on a dime and quickly accelerate out of a start position as much a key to being a good skater as straight-ahead speed. Work hard to improve your skating when you can!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING Pay attention to your passing. Nothing moves the puck up ice quicker than a tape-to-tape pass. A good passing team is able to maintain possession of the puck for long stretches, putting itself in position to generate more offense. What separates the great passers from the good ones is not only are they able to deliver the puck to a teammate when he or she is wide open, but they are able to use the boards and make area passes to teammates in traffic. “Practice perfect passing.”

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GET TO THE NET Everybody has probably heard the saying ‘good things happen when you go to the net.’ There is a good reason for that — everything happens there. When you have a chance to shoot, get the puck on net. You also have to make sure that you physically go to the net so that way you are there for tips, rebounds and screens — all plays that lead directly to goals.

WORK HARD AND HAVE FUN We all want to be the best players we can be and help our team win each time we step on the ice. The easiest way to achieve this — WORK HARD EVERY TIME you step on the ice because work ethic is a huge key to being a successful hockey player. Just as important as working hard is ENJOYING THE GAME. Hockey is just that — a game — which means it is something we do to entertain ourselves. When you are having fun on the ice, chances are good that you are playing your best.

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make an NHL roster for the first time with the cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. But at the time, despite the talents each displayed, both seemed more like exceptions rather than trendsetters. While Malone, who helped the Penguins reach the Cup Final in ’08 before departing R.J. UMBERGER to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Umberger continue to produce annually on hockey’s grandest stage, the next generation of Pittsburgh-born and trained players continues to make their mark on the hockey world. The dramatic improvement of the Pittsburgh amateur hockey pipeline was showcased at the 2011 NHL Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, when four of the first 64 selections — J.T. Miller (NY Rangers, 1st round, 15th overall); John Gibson (Anaheim; 2nd round; 39th overall); Brandon Saad (Chicago, 2nd round, 43rd overall); and Vince Trocheck (Florida; 3rd round; 64th overall) — each grew up playing their youth hockey within the local amateur hockey ranks. With his selection at No. 15 overall, Miller became the highest-drafted player ever from the Pittsburgh region, edging out Umberger, who was taken 16th overall by Vancouver in 2001. Gibson was the second goaltender taken in the ’11 draft. Saad, who slipped a bit on draft day after being considered a top-five talent earlier that year, became the first of the quartet to reach the NHL when he made the Blackhawks’ ’1112 opening-night roster. He appeared in two BRANDON SAAD regular-season and two playoff contests with the Hawks, while in between starring for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). As good as Saad and Gibson were last year — and First and Third-Team All-OHL honors, respectively, indicate both enjoyed fine seasons — neither was the best Pittsburgh-born player in the OHL.

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That honor went to London Knights goaltender — and Wexford native — Michael Houser, who like the four players drafted in ’11 is an alum of the Pittsburgh Hornets ‘AAA’ program. Houser put together one of the finest junior seasons ever while leading the Knights to an OHL playoff championship and a runner-up finish at the Memorial Cup. Houser, who signed an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers organization during the summer, was named the Canadian Hockey League’s ‘Goaltender of the Year’, won the OHL’s ‘Goaltender of the Year’ award and he became just the third American to win the OHL Most Outstanding Player award after posting a 46-15-0-1 record, 2.47 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. His 46 wins tied the OHL record. Although Team USA had a disappointing showing at the 2012 World Junior Championship, it is impressive to note that of the 23 players who comprised the Americans’ roster, four (17%) hailed from Western Pennsylvania — Saad, Miller, Gibson and defenseman Stephen Johns, a defenseman from the University of Notre Dame who was selected by Chicago in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. This April, the 2013 Frozen Four — college hockey’s version of March Madness — will come to CONSOL Energy Center. If recent Frozen Fours are any indication, there is a good chance somebody from the 412 or 724 area code will factor heavily into determining a champion. That’s because each of the last three winners — Boston College in 2012 and ’10, and Minnesota-Duluth in ’11 — have been buoyed by local contributors. Leading the charge for Boston College at the ’12 Frozen Four was a pair of Mt. Lebanon Blue Devil alums — starting netminder Parker Milner and defenseman Patrick Wey. On their way to leading the Eagles to the title, both players were named to the Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team. Wey, who was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, and Milner also played continued on page 183

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smaller roles on Boston College’s ’10 championship squad. In between BC’s victories, Plum native Kenny Reiter helped backstop the University of Minnesota-Duluth to a Frozen Four championship over Michigan in ’11 — meaning the winning netminder from the past two national champions has come from Pittsburgh. Young players across our area from mites to high school players to stars at the college and junior level strive each day to become permanent NHL fixtures like Malone and Umberger. Dylan Reese, Mike Weber and Matt Bartkowski are three young defensemen with a sprinkle of NHL experience who appear poised to make that leap in the coming years. The elder statesman of the group is Reese, who like Malone hails from Upper St. Clair and is joining his hometown team this season. Prior to signing with Pittsburgh during the offseason, Reese has played a combined 74 NHL games with the New York Islanders over the past three seasons. Cranberry native Weber has the most experience of the three, suiting up for 132 games with the Buffalo Sabres entering the ’12-13 campaign. A punishing defender, Weber is probably most notorious to DYLAN REESE fans in these parts for not being afraid to mix it up physically with Crosby and Malkin in recent matchups against them. Bartkowski made the opening-night roster for the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins last season. The previous spring, he participated in Boston’s march to the Cup as a member of the team’s taxi squad. Ironically, each of Bartkowski’s first three NHL games during the ’10-11 season came at CONSOL Energy Center. As you can see, hockey is alive and well in Pittsburgh at all levels — and that’s without us mentioning the vastly-improved Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) and the numerous players slated to join the college and junior ranks this coming season. Thanks to the on-ice success of the Penguins translating throughout the local community to children of all ages, hockey is only going to continue growing in these parts well into the future.

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Shortly after his line combined for five goals and seven assists in a 6-1 demolition of the New York Islanders on March 10 at CONSOL Energy Center, winger Chris Kunitz said, “It’s fun. But we need to get better.” Which begs this question: How much better can Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis possibly get? Kunitz had three goals and two assists vs. the Isles. Dupuis netted two goals. Crosby had five helpers. As of March 12, Crosby led the NHL in points with 12 goals and 33 assists. Kunitz ranked third with 18 goals and 19 assists. Dupuis weighed in with 11 goals and six assists. “Yeah, we’re having a lot of fun, definitely,” Kunitz allowed. “When you come back to the bench smiling, it’s a good thing. But we’ve still got to go out there every day and work hard. We still try to get better.” Kunitz had a career year last year, piling up personal bests in goals (26) and points (61) while tying his high for assists (35). But, as of March 12, Kunitz was on pace to beat his marks for goals and points despite the NHL’s truncated 48-game schedule. If Team Canada organizers aren’t thinking about the native of Regina, Saskatchewan for next year’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia, they should be. Kunitz, 33, got his hat trick against the Islanders via his usual method: He went hard to the net and steered home pucks from right in front. But he’s scored an inordinate amount of goals on slappers, snappers and one-timers, including his game-winner at Philadelphia on March 7 as the Penguins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the old enemy, 5-4. Kunitz also buried a slap shot 13:42 into the third period to trigger a wild three-goal burst and help the Penguins edge Boston, 3-2, March 12 at CONSOL Energy Center. “I’m not purposely trying to get one-timers and slap shots,” Kunitz said after beating the Islanders. “You try and find the areas that are successful. Tonight, I didn’t really have to shoot the puck. I had a few from the crease and one on a rebound. I go to the net, go to those continued on page 203

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areas, and the puck seems to find me right now.” Eight of Kunitz’ first 18 goals — including two against the Islanders — came on the power play. “The guys were moving around,” Kunitz said of the Penguins’ manadvantage performance vs. the Isles. “We had some good zone time. We won face-offs. We hunted down pucks. We did the things needed to be successful out there and got the momentum in our favor.” Both of Kunitz’ PPGs March 10 came on goalmouth feeds from James Neal, more renowned as a sniper than a playmaker. One came during a 5-on-3. “[Neal’s passes] were really nice,” Kunitz said. “Five-onthree, we practice it a lot. You don’t usually get those passes, but I got good position, and Nealer had good position to throw it to the net and put it on my stick. “The other one, he burst into the zone with speed. I got the puck over to him, and he made a nice play back.” Kunitz’ preferred game plan is a good one: Get Crosby the puck. “Anytime you can get [Crosby] the puck with speed, or anywhere on the ice, it opens up space. It pushes the D back,” Kunitz said. “It lets me create time to get up in the play or go to the net. That’s what you look for when you play with Sid.” After defeating Boston, the Penguins were 19-8 and on a six-game win streak. They led the NHL in goals with 100, and their string of victories included two by 5-4 and one by 7-6. The Pens play highoctane hockey. But will that work in the playoffs when most teams tighten up? “It’s not the perfect remedy,” said the 6-foot, 193-pound Kunitz. “You don’t want to be doing that. We know we can go out there and be offensive, but we have to be responsible in our own end first. When we play with the puck, gain their zone with speed, get the puck behind them and cause turnovers, we’re successful.” Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

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STATS UPDATE OF PRO PLAYERS

IN THE SYSTEM Through 03.11.13

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS SKATERS Chad Kolarik Trevor Smith Riley Holzapfel Paul Thompson Brian Gibbons Dylan Reese Brian Dumoulin Warren Peters Joe Morrow Philippe Dupuis Alex Grant Jayson Megna Philip Samuelsson Zach Sill Bobby Farnham Adam Payerl Joey Mormina Tom Kuhnhackl Dominik Uher Reid McNeill Chris Minella Chris Collins Chris Barton Paul Crowder Cody Wild Keven Veilleux Steve MacIntyre GOALTENDERS Brad Thiessen Jeff Zatkoff

GP 61 60 60 42 54 50 57 57 52 34 30 40 49 41 49 28 38 11 42 1 5 12 4 2 10 4 26 GP 26 38

G 22 17 16 14 7 5 4 9 4 2 2 4 2 4 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 19

A 28 20 20 9 15 13 14 5 9 9 8 5 7 4 5 6 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 50 37 36 23 22 18 18 14 13 11 10 9 9 8 8 8 6 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L 10 17

SOL 1 0

PIM 51 54 81 59 20 28 14 70 33 14 42 20 57 52 210 59 30 6 59 0 14 2 6 0 2 7 46

+/-5 -1 -3 2 -6 E -12 -1 -4 -7 -2 -6 10 5 4 E 8 3 -2 E 1 -6 -1 -2 E -1 -1

MIN 1446 2175

PPG 11 5 2 5 0 4 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GA 62 71

SHG 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SO 4 3

GW 2 4 2 5 1 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAA 2.57 1.96

S 199 124 90 109 64 95 74 98 87 83 70 79 42 50 69 61 43 10 47 0 2 22 2 3 12 0 4 SA% 0.905 0.919

WHEELING NAILERS SKATERS Scott Zurevinski Keven Veilleux Cody Chupp Reid McNeill Bobby Farnham Tom Kuhnhackl Adam Payerl Dominik Uher GOALTENDERS Patrick Killeen

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GP 47 20 23 35 9 2 4 3 GP 13

G 11 6 6 1 3 1 1 0 W 3

A 12 8 7 4 1 0 0 1

PTS 23 14 13 5 4 1 1 1 L 5

SOL 2

PIM 46 37 13 59 46 2 15 0 MIN 758

+/9 -10 -2 -7 -2 2 1 E

PPG 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 GA 41

SHG 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 SO 0

GW 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAA 3.25

S 84 40 58 35 24 5 18 5 SA% 0.880


STATS UPDATE OF PLAYERS

IN THE SYSTEM Through 03.11.13

AMATEUR FORWARDS

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PPG

SHG

GW

S

Kenneth Agostino Yale (ECAC)

29

14

19

33

28

+5

3

0

2

110

Josh Archibald Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA)

36

19

16

35

30

+16

3

1

1

83

Teddy Blueger Minnesota St. (WCHA)

32

6

13

19

40

+2

1

0

2

48

Ben Hanowski St. Cloud St (WCHA)

31

14

10

24

14

+2

4

1

3

117

Matia Marcantuoni Kitchener (OHL)

61

7

17

24

34

-4

1

2

0

0

Bryan Rust Notre Dame (CCHA)

36

12

17

29

2

+21

4

1

3

101

26 14 12

13 1 4

13 0 3

26 1 7

32 8 16

+10 +2 +3

4 0 0

1 0 0

3 1 0

82 8 39

34

12

17

29

26

-4

5

0

3

92

Anton Zlobin Val-D'Or (QMJHL)

58

29

62

91

39

+14

6

1

4

166

DEFENSEMEN

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PPG

SHG

GW

S

Nicholas D'Agostino Cornell (ECAC)

31

6

10

16

16

+5

3

0

1

50

Scott Harrington London (OHL)

50

3

16

19

26

+21

1

0

0

0

Olli Maatta London(OHL)

55

8

29

37

30

+10

3

1

0

0

Derrick Pouliot Portland (WHL)

41

8

31

39

58

+31

2

0

0

0

Harrison Ruopp Prince Albert (WHL)

62

1

12

13

125

+8

0

0

0

0

Clark Seymour Peterborough (OHL)

59

3

10

13

61

-7

0

0

0

0

Alex Velischek Providence (HE)

34

0

6

6

36

+17

0

0

0

27

Oskar Sundqvist Skelleftea AIK Skelleftea SEL Skelleftea SEL - 10 Scott Wilson Umass-Lowell (HE)

GOALTENDERS

GP

W

L

SOL

MIN

GA

SO

GAA

SA%

Patrick Ehelechner Augsburg (GER)

45

22

22

0

2591

119

3

2.75

0.916

Sean Maguire Boston University (HE)

17

10

7

0

993

45

2

2.72

0.919

Matt Murray Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

51

25

18

4

2790

166

0

3.57

0.896

Alexander Pechurskiy Magnitogorsk (KHL)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

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KRIS LETANG #AskLetang @estuarypalomino @penguins How are you adjusting to life as a dad? #AskLetang “It’s been good. I mean, it takes up a lot of your time, but it’s the best thing that’s happened in my life, so I enjoy it.” @sid_the_kid_17 Who is the hardest player to defend in the league? #AskLetang “Except Sid and Geno on our team, I would say Datsyuk or Rick Nash. I think those two guys are tough to defend. Well, Nash has a long reach, he has a big body and he’s tough to move around. Datsyuk is so skilled, he’s quick and he can change direction really fast, so he’s really tough.” @RachelKocik @penguins Would you like to play on the Olympic team next year? #AskLetang #KnowTheFlow “It would be an honor, it would be a very great experience I guess. I’ve never been a part of the Olympics, so it would be a great accomplishment.” @Irishchick073 @penguins Other than hockey what are his other interests? #AskLetang “I mean right now, the baby. Otherwise, sometimes I go watch movies or go shopping here and there. Just enjoying the family life.” @RazorsAndRosary @penguins What’s one thing that you have to have on a road trip? #AskLetang “No, there’s nothing. I mean, I don’t know. Most of the time when I get there I just walk in the city and try to see what’s going on and most of the time I go eat with the guys or go eat in my room, go to bed early and get ready for the game.” @justasoopergirl @penguins If you could share the ice with any legendary player, who would it be and why? #AskLetang #PensTV “Ray Bourque. Probably it would be Ray Bourque or Scott Niedermayer, would be a great defensemen pair. Ray Bourque is probably one of the best defensemen that played the game both ways of the ice and Scott Niedermayer, he’s just, I mean just the way he skates, the way he understands the game, the way he played the game, he was just amazing to watch.”

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LOCKDOWN By: Mike Prisuta

It took almost the entire first half of the season for the Penguins to find the mentality and the methodology to defend as well as they attack, but once they managed that the results were obvious. Even to the opposition. That point was driven home to Brooks Orpik by none other than Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who engaged the Penguins’ defenseman during a late BROOKS ORPIK delay in what was about to become a 4-3 Penguins victory over the Lightning on March 4. “At the end of the game St. Louis came up to me and said, ‘What the [expletive] was going on here tonight? You guys boxed us out at the hash marks when we were trying to get to the net,’” Orpik reported. “I think that’s pretty telling when you hear that from the other team.” That Lightning game had been MARTIN ST. LOUIS preceded by a wild, almost out of control, 7-6 survival in Montreal. And that Montreal slugfest had been preceded by a 4-1 loss at Carolina during which the Hurricanes appeared to have an Easy Pass to the Penguins’ net. And that Carolina debacle had been preceded by a 6-4 loss at Florida in which the Penguins had surrendered four power-play goals. No wonder they finally decided enough was enough. “We’ve been trying to find ourselves and find our game since the start of the year,” winger Matt Cooke maintained. Subsequent victories over the Flyers, Maple Leafs and Islanders in the wake of the impromptu St. Louis critique suggested the Penguins continued on page 218

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were finally onto something, not just because of the results but also because of the manner in which they had been achieved. Other than one almost inexplicable bad first period in Philly, the Penguins had maintained their explosiveness but had also been tough to score against. “We’ve made leaps toward the way we can play a game and the way we should play games,” Cooke said. The season’s second half will be about trying to keep that up as much as anything else. “When you get a chance to go you want to go and score goals,” Cooke continued. “But sometimes the responsible play is to put it in behind the defense and force them to go back and wear them out in the offensive zone. We gave up four shots (on March 9) against Toronto in the first period. We gave up four shots against (on March 10) against the Islanders in the first period. “That’s the way we want to play.” Added Orpik: “If you talk about getting to the offensive zone so quick, maybe you start cheating out of the defensive zone. That leads to some chaos.” Ever since last spring’s playoff series against Philadelphia, the Penguins have been trying to avoid chaotic situations. The four games that followed the shootout in Montreal confirmed

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the Penguins as capable of doing so, perhaps even as being better suited and better constructed to do so than many might suspect. “A lot of that is the way we execute, manage the puck and play with the puck,” head coach Dan Bylsma explained. “Any time you give a team transition offense, that’s a tough defense to play. You give other teams opportunities that way. “Starting with the second period in Philadelphia we did a much better job for two-and-a half games, a very good job of managing the puck. And we’ve played very well defensively as a result.” It takes individual and collective discipline to pull that off night after night. But if the Penguins can do so they’ll give themselves their best possible chance at postseason success. One of the tasks in the season’s second half will be to do that often enough that opponents eventually are no longer surprised when the Penguins go into lock-down mode. That’s a job Cooke is convinced these Penguins can handle, one that could and perhaps should make them a tough team to handle come playoff time. “I don’t see why not,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to play this way than be back-checking the whole time. “There are great hockey teams out there and it’s not just going to happen, we have to go out and earn it. That’s going to be our challenge the rest of the regular season.”

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