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IN THIS ISSUE Penguins vs. Thrashers . . . . . . . . . . . 2 NHL Standings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 League Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Around the NHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Front Office Bios . . . . . . . . . . . 10-16 2010.11 Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Our New Home . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Staff Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Gam e No te s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Trib Total Media All-Time Team . . . . . . 35 Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network. . . . . 37 Community Update . . . . . . . . . . . 41 StarKist Shootout . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Rossi’s Road: My Winter Classic Experience . 45 Win a 3-Year Lease on a Subaru Outback 2.5i . 48 Building Information. . . . . . . . . . . 52 Seating Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Concessions Guide . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Box Office and Upcoming Events . . . . . 65 PensGear Winter Classic Apparel. . . . . . 66 Penguins Headshots. . . . . . . . . . . 69 Penguins By the Numbers . . . . . . . . 71 Team Rosters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Thrashers By the Numbers . . . . . . . . 74 Thrashers Headshots . . . . . . . . . . 77 Penguins Game Vault . . . . . . . . . . 79 Ice Crew Presented by Highmark . . . . . . 80 2010.11 Critical Dates . . . . . . . . . . 82 2010.11 Promotional Items . . . . . . . . 88 2010.11 WB/S Penguins Schedule . . . . . 90 2010.11 Wheeling Nailers Schedule . . . . 92 Hockey in a Football Family . . . . . . . . 97 Winter Classic Community Rink — Public Skating Presented by PNC. . . . . . 103 Iceburgh Calls the Penalties . . . . . . . . 107 On-Ice Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Penguins Are Proud to Represent the NHL Both On and Off the Ice. . . . . . 113 Frozen in Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation . . . . . . 125 Winter Classic History . . . . . . . . . . 127 pittsburghpenguins.com . . . . . . . . . 129 PensGear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Penguins Partner with Pizza Hut Book It! . . . 135 PIRHL All-Star Game Looks to Help Its Own . . 137 Pens Profile: Marc-Andre Fleury . . . . . . 139 Upcoming Opponents . . . . . . . . . . 144

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PENGUINS VS. THRASHERS 2010-11 Record: 18-11-5; Second place, Southeast Division, 7th overall 2010 Playoff Record: Did not qualify 2010-11 Top Scorer: Dustin Byfuglien (11-22-33) All-time scorer vs. Pittsburgh: Ilya Kovalchuk (21gp, 17-13-30) General Manager: Rick Dudley Assistant General Manager: Larry Simmons Head Coach: Craig Ramsay Associate Coach: John Torchetti Assistant Coach: Mike Stothers Goaltending Consultant: Clint Malarchuk

All-time Pittsburgh scorer vs. Atlanta: Sidney Crosby (20gp, 11-20-31) Longest Atlanta win streak vs. Pittsburgh: 3, Nov. 9, 2005-Dec. 9, 2006 Longest Pittsburgh win streak vs. Atlanta: 14, Jan. 31, 2000-Nov. 22, 2002 Longest Atlanta undefeated streak vs. Pittsburgh: 3, Nov. 9, 2005-Dec. 9, 2006 (3-0-0) Longest Pittsburgh undefeated streak vs. Atlanta: 14, Jan. 31, 2000-Nov. 22, 2002 (14-0-0) Last Atlanta win at home: Apr. 10, 2010 (1-0) (0-0-0 since last win) Last Pittsburgh win at home: Dec. 2, 2010 (3-2) (0-0-0 since last win) Last Atlanta win at Pittsburgh: Dec. 21, 2006 (4-3 OT) (0-6-2 since last win) Last Pittsburgh win at Atlanta: Nov. 13, 2010 (4-2) (0-0-0 since last win) Most goals by Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh: 7, Dec. 20, 2003 (A, 7-4) Most goals by Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta: 7, Oct. 27, 2005 (P, 7-5) Most goals by both teams: 12, Oct. 27, 2005 (P, 7-5) Last Atlanta shutout vs. Pittsburgh: Apr. 10, 2010 (1-0) – Johan Hedberg Last Pittsburgh shutout vs. Atlanta: Nov. 24, 2007 (5-0) – Marc-Andre Fleury Last Atlanta hat trick vs. Pittsburgh: Jan. 6, 2006 – Ilya Kovalchuk Last Pittsburgh hat trick vs. Atlanta: Dec. 2, 2010 – Sidney Crosby Last Pittsburgh trade with Atlanta: Feb. 26, 2008 – Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round choice in 2008 NHL Entry Draft to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis Overtime record vs. Pittsburgh: 5-1-2

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NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS ATLANTIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

PHILADELPHIA

35

22

8

5

49

117

87

12-6-2

10-2-3

7-2-1

PITTSBURGH

34

22

10

2

46

110

79

11-6-1

11-4-1

8-2-0

NY RANGERS

35

20

14

1

41

105

91

8-8-1

12-6-0

6-4-0

NEW JERSEY

32

9

21

2

20

58

98

5-8-2

4-13-0

2-8-0

NY ISLANDERS

30

6

18

6

18

65

104

4-7-3

2-11-3

2-6-2

NORTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

MONTREAL

33

19

12

2

40

87

72

12-5-2

7-7-0

5-4-1

BOSTON

32

17

11

4

38

89

68

8-6-3

9-5-1

5-3-2

OTTAWA

35

14

17

4

32

81

106

8-9-2

6-8-2

3-4-3

BUFFALO

33

13

16

4

30

84

95

7-9-1

6-7-3

5-4-1

TORONTO

33

12

17

4

28

75

102

8-7-3

4-10-1

4-6-0

SOUTHEAST ATLANTA

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

35

19

11

5

43

115

100

10-6-2

9-5-3

6-2-2

TAMPA BAY

33

19

10

4

42

104

109

10-2-2

9-8-2

6-2-2

WASHINGTON

35

19

12

4

42

104

99

12-4-3

7-8-1

2-6-2

CAROLINA

32

15

13

4

34

90

99

7-5-1

8-8-3

5-3-2

FLORIDA

31

15

16

0

30

85

78

7-6-0

8-10-0

6-4-0

CENTRAL

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

DETROIT

32

20

8

4

44

105

88

12-4-3

8-4-1

4-4-2

NASHVILLE

32

17

9

6

40

83

79

8-2-5

9-7-1

8-1-1

CHICAGO

35

18

14

3

39

111

103

10-9-0

8-5-3

6-3-1

COLUMBUS

32

16

13

3

35

82

90

8-8-1

8-5-2

2-5-3

ST. LOUIS

32

15

12

5

35

82

91

10-4-2

5-8-3

3-5-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

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NORTHWEST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

VANCOUVER

31

19

8

4

42

101

78

11-3-2

8-5-2

8-1-1

COLORADO

33

19

10

4

42

121

105

10-4-1

9-6-3

6-1-3

MINNESOTA

32

15

13

4

34

79

91

8-7-2

7-6-2

4-4-2

CALGARY

34

14

17

3

31

91

100

9-7-0

5-10-3

4-5-1

EDMONTON

31

12

14

5

29

84

108

6-8-2

6-6-3

6-3-1

PACIFIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

DALLAS

33

20

10

3

43

95

90

11-3-2

9-7-1

6-2-2

ANAHEIM

37

18

15

4

40

96

106

11-6-1

7-9-3

5-4-1

SAN JOSE

33

17

11

5

39

100

94

8-4-3

9-7-2

6-3-1

LOS ANGELES

31

18

12

1

37

90

75

11-2-1

7-10-0

5-4-1

PHOENIX

32

15

10

7

37

89

93

6-4-4

9-6-3

4-4-2


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NHL LEAGUE LEADERS POINTS RNK NAME

GP

G

A PTS

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

34

27

30

57

15

25

131

20.6

9

9

1

2

Steven Stamkos, TB

33

26

21

47

11

26

128

20.3

12

10

0

0 0

3

Martin St. Louis, TB

33

13

30

43

5

8

111

11.7

1

19

0

0

4

Corey Perry, ANA

37

17

22

39

7

63

126

13.5

5

9

2

0

Pavel Datsyuk, DET

32

12

27

39

8

11

75

16.0

3

7

1

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

GOALS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

34

27

30

57

15

25

131

20.6

9

9

1

2

Steven Stamkos, TB

33

26

21

47

11

26

128

20.3

12

10

0

0

3

Patrick Sharp, CHI

34

18

16

34

-7

12

142

12.7

6

8

2

1

Alexander Semin, WAS

32

18

15

33

7

43

107

16.8

6

7

1

0

Logan Couture, SJ

33

17

7

24

8

21

109

15.6

5

0

0

0

GP

G

A PTS

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

5

0

ASSISTS RNK NAME

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Henrik Sedin, VAN

31

6

31

37

6

14

63

9.5

2

11

0

0

2

Martin St. Louis, TB

33

13

30

43

5

8

111

11.7

1

19

0

0

Sidney Crosby, PIT

34

27

30

57

15

25

131

20.6

9

9

1

0

4

Pavel Datsyuk, DET

32

12

27

39

8

11

75

16.0

3

7

1

0

5

Alex Ovechkin, WAS

35

12

26

38

7

25

155

7.7

2

12

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

POWER PLAY GOALS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Steven Stamkos, TB

33

26

21

47

11

26

128

20.3

12

10

0

0

2

Sidney Crosby, PIT

34

27

30

57

15

25

131

20.6

9

9

1

0

3

Daniel Sedin, VAN

31

16

22

38

8

12

85

18.8

8

8

0

0

4

Jonathan Toews, CHI

35

15

17

32

6

10

107

14.0

7

9

0

0

Ryan Malone, TB

33

9

17

26

-8

34

103

8.7

7

7

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

PLUS/MINUS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Andrej Meszaros, PHI

34

1

12

13

20

8

54

1.9

0

2

0

2

Toni Lydman, ANA

33

2

10

12

18

14

52

3.8

0

1

0

0

Kris Letang, PIT

34

6

23

29

18

42

92

6.5

2

8

0

1

4

Nathan Horton, BOS

32

11

12

23

17

27

73

15.1

3

1

0

0

5

Andrew Ference, BOS

32

1

5

6

16

25

32

3.1

0

1

0

0

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AROUND THE NHL A win over the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19 at Joe Louis Arena would have made Chris Osgood just the 10th goaltender in NHL history to record 400 wins. But Dallas forward Loui Eriksson scored at 4:18 of overtime to lift the Stars over the Red Wings, 4-3, foiling Osgood’s attempt and leaving the Red Wings netminder stranded at 399 wins. The 38-year-old veteran, who has won three Stanley Cups with Detroit, will have to wait to add his name to the 400-win list.

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FEHR NAMED HEAD OF NHLPA The National Hockey League Player’s Association named Don Fehr as Executive Director on Dec 18, replacing Paul Kelly, whose tenure ended in the summer of 2009. The union voted overwhelmingly to accept the executive board’s endorsement of the 62-year-old former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (1983-2009). Fehr had previously served as an unpaid NHLPA consultant and will be in charge of negotiating the collective bargaining agreement between the union and league when the current one expires in September 2012. “This process took a while, and it took a while because from the players’ standpoint they wanted to be sure,” Fehr told the Associated Press. “I wanted them to be sure they had made a decision they were comfortable with, that all the players had an opportunity to have their say and that this judgment represented a consensus view of the entire membership. It has, and that’s both quite an honor to me and is also quite humbling.”

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RON BURKLE Ron Burkle has now added a new arena — Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center — to his tremendous list of accomplishments in the business world. Burkle, widely recognized as one of the preeminent investors in retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, is in his 12th season as co-owner of the Penguins. Among Burkle’s many significant contributions to the Penguins was his role in negotiations for the new arena deal. 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 and the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. He has received numerous awards, including the AFL-CIO’s Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Federation Man of the Year and the Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year award.

MARIO LEMIEUX Mario Lemieux will always be remembered for the magic he created on the ice, but one of the crowning achievements of his remarkable business career came this season — the opening of CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Penguins and Pittsburgh’s new multi-purpose entertainment venue. Even before the reality of CONSOL Energy Center, Lemieux and coowner Ron Burkle had turned the Penguins into a premier NHL franchise. The Penguins have been named No. 1 in Fan Relations by ESPN the Magazine, sold out a team-record 166 straight games, sold out every suite for three straight seasons and established records for local television ratings, merchandise sales and website hits. Lemieux was one of the greatest players in NHL history from 1984-97 and 2000-06, winning six league scoring titles, three MVPs trophies and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP, in addition to two Stanley Cups. A gifted centerman, he dominated play for parts of three decades. He retired in 2006 as the No. 7 all-time scorer in NHL history with 1,723 points. 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 celebrity golf tournament, which has raised more than $8 million for charity. More information is available at mariolemieux.org. Mario, his wife Nathalie and their four children live in Sewickley. For extended bios please visit pittsburghpenguins.com 10


DAVID MOREHOUSE Pittsburgh native David Morehouse was named CEO of the Penguins in September and leads the team into an exciting new era at CONSOL Energy Center. Morehouse had served as team president since 2007, overseeing ticket sales, marketing, corporate sales, communications and brand development, as well as representing the team in corporate relations and governmental affairs. Under his leadership the Penguins have become one of the top organizations in professional sports — ranked No. 1 in Fan Relations and No. 5 overall as a franchise among 122 pro teams in North America by ESPN The Magazine. As team president, Morehouse implemented a brand strategy that featured a new commitment to marketing, fan interaction and community outreach, as well as a targeted focus on the team’s young fan demographic. Morehouse grew up in the Beechview section on Pittsburgh. He 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 three children and live in Bell Acres. For extended bios please visit pittsburghpenguins.com

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RAY SHERO Ray Shero, 48, was named GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 25, 2006. His fresh ideas and calm but firm management style helped transform the Penguins from a team that did not qualify for the playoffs in 2005-06 to one that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007-08 and won the Cup in 2008-09. One of his first acts as GM was to declare a goal of building a team that could compete for championships on a yearly basis. He revamped the team’s hockey operations staff and structure, upgraded professional and amateur scouting, added a team operations director and opened new lines of communication with the business side of the organization. Ray built his hockey sense and managerial style during 14 seasons as an NHL assistant general manager — six with the Ottawa Senators and eight with the Nashville Predators. Shero played college hockey at St. Lawrence University and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982. He spent seven years as a player agent before making the transition to the front office. The native of St. Paul, Minn. 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.

JASON BOTTERILL Jason Botterill enters his second full season as assistant general manager after being promoted to his current position on May 22, 2009 by general manager Ray Shero. As assistant GM, Botterill works closely with Shero on all hockeyrelated 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, 34, worked two seasons as director of hockey administration with the Penguins. Before joining Pittsburgh, Botterill worked with NHL Central Registry and also scouted for the Dallas Stars. Botterill was a first-round draft pick (20th overall) by Dallas in 1994 and played 88 NHL games over six seasons with Dallas, Atlanta, Calgary and Buffalo. A native of Edmonton who grew up in Winnipeg, Botterill played four seasons at the University of Michigan, where he earned his MBA, and helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA title in 1996. He also played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996, helping his team win gold medals in all three tournaments. He resides in Pittsburgh along with his wife, Andrea. For extended bios please visit pittsburghpenguins.com 14


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DAN BYLSMA In just one-plus seasons behind the bench, Dan Bylsma has already become one of the most successful coaches in Penguins’ history. After being promoted to Penguins head coach in February 2009, Bylsma, 40, directed the team to its third Stanley Cup in franchise history — a feat previously accomplished by legendary coaches “Badger” Bob Johnson and Scott Bowman. In the process 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 (1970-71) took over mid-season. Bylsma played nine NHL seasons as a right winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim from 1995-2004. He played 429 NHL regular-season games, recording 19 goals and 62 points, and also played in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final with Anaheim. Bylsma was an assistant coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two seasons from 2006-08 and was named head coach at the start of the 2008-09 season. He went 35-16-1-2 in 54 games with WB/S before being promoted to Pittsburgh. He played four seasons of college hockey at Bowling Green. Dan and his wife, Mary Beth, have one son and reside in the North Hills.

TONY GRANATO Tony Granato, 46, begins his second season on the Penguins’ coaching staff. Granato, among his many responsibilities, works with the Penguins’ forwards and penalty killing units. He oversaw the NHL’s ninth-ranked penalty killing group with an 84.1-percent success rate, and second best on the road at 85.3 percent. Prior to joining the Penguins, Granato spent six seasons behind the bench for the Colorado Avalanche and served two stints as Avalanche head coach from 2002-04 and 2008-09. Granato compiled a 215-104-17-16 record and led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in 2003. Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with the NY Rangers, Los Angeles and San Jose. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming a near career-ending brain injury. In 773 career games, the feisty forward posted 248 goals, 492 points and 1,425 penalty minutes. He appeared in 79 career postseason games and helped lead Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1993. Granato played four years at the University of Wisconsin and was inducted into the Badgers’ Hall of Fame in 2000. Granato 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. For extended bios please visit pittsburghpenguins.com 16


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TODD REIRDEN Todd Reirden, 39, joined Pittsburgh’s coaching staff on July 31, 2010 after coaching with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins the previous two seasons. Reirden, an NHL defenseman for parts of five seasons, works closely with the team’s defensemen. Reirden, completed his first full season as WB/S head coach in 200910, leading a young and inexperienced team to an impressive 41-34-2-3 record, finishing third in the East Division, and a berth in the Calder Cup playoffs. Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Reirden spent one season as an assistant coach with the Bowling Green Falcons (CCHA) — his alma mater. He was a teammate of Bylsma’s during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons at Bowling Green. Selected by New Jersey in the 12th round (242nd overall) of the 1990 NHL Enrty Draft, Reirden played professionally for 13 seasons, retiring after the 2006-07 campaign with Graz EC of the Austrian Hockey League. He appeared in 183 NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix, recording 46 points (11+35) and 181 penalty minutes. Todd and his wife, Shelby, have one son.

GILLES MELOCHE Former NHL goaltender Gilles Meloche is in his fifth season as the Penguins’ full-time goaltending coach and 25th with the organization. Meloche has been instrumental in developing Marc-Andre Fleury into a Stanley Cup-winning netminder. Meloche served as a Penguins scout from 1989-2006 and also doubled as a goaltending coach/consultant during much of that time. He was also part of the staff when the Penguins won Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Meloche spent 18 seasons as an NHL goaltender with Chicago, California, Cleveland, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. He played the final three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh following a 1985 trade. Meloche appeared in 788 NHL games during his career, posting a record of 270-351-131 with a 3.64 goals-against average. In 45 career playoff games, he posted a 21-19 record and a 3.48 goals-against average. Gilles and his wife, Sophie, reside in Pittsburgh. His son, Eric, is a pro player who was a member of the Penguins organization from 2000-04.

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SCOUTS Director of Player Personnel . . . . . . . . . Dan MacKinnon Director of Professional Scouting . . . . . . Derek Clancey Professional Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andre Savard Kevin Stevens Director of Amateur Scouting . . . . . . . . . Jay Heinbuck Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting . . . . Randy Sexton Amateur Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dave Allison Brian Fitzgerald Luc Gauthier Chuck Grillo Jim Madigan David McNamara Wayne Meier Ron Pyette European Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrik Allvin Robert Neuhauser

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COMMUNICATIONS Director of Communications . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Bullano Communications Coordinator . . . . . . . . Jason Seidling Director of Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Kasan Manager of Content . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Crechiolo Executive Producer, Penguins Radio Network . . Ray Walker Radio Broadcasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M ki eLange Phil Bourque Penguins HD Radio Host/ Penguins Radio Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Mears

TECHNOLOGY Director, Information Technology . . . . . . . . . Erik Watts Director of Media Technology . . . . . . . . . Chris DeVivo Building Audio Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Duffy Media Asset Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Henry

MARKETING Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ross Miller Marketing Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Swartz Creative Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barb Pilarski Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erin Halley Lori Haramia Director of Fan Development & Special Events . .Jill Shipley Fan Development Coordinator . . . . . . . .Laura Spencer Director, Community/Alumni Relations . . . . Cindy Himes Community Relations Coordinator . . . . . . Kathleen Unger Community Relations/Alumni Liaison . . . . . .Ed Johnston Director of New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Zimmer New Media Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Meck

YOUTH HOCKEY Executive Director of Strategic Planning . . . . . .Rich Hixon Director of Amateur Hockey . . . . . . . Mark Shuttleworth Manager of Amateur Hockey Development . . .Max Malone continued on page 26

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2010.11 STAFF DIRECTORY CONTINUED GAME ENTERTAINMENT Senior Director of Event Entertainment & Production Director, Video Production & Technical Operations . . Game Night Producer . . . Manager, Arts & Graphics . Editors . . . . . . . . . . .

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TICKETING Director of Premium Seating and Group Sales . . Mike Guiffre Premium Services Representative . . . . . Amanda Gurney Premium Seating Representative . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Lux Manager of Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . George Murphy 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 Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Gabany Director of Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Davis Customer Service Representatives . . . . . . Amber Auchey Holly Homistek Wayne Jones Director of Database Marketing . . . . . . . . . . Erin Exley Coordinator of Database Marketing . . . . . . Dana DiCello

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GAME NOTES THE SERIES/THE WINTER CLASSIC The Penguins and Atlanta Thrashers meet tonight for the third time this season — and the final time at CONSOL Energy Center . Pittsburgh earned a 4-2 win in Atlanta on Nov . 13 behind a hat trick and one assist from Evgeni Malkin, and the Penguins took a 3-2 victory over the Thrashers here on Dec . 2 as Sidney Crosby recorded a hat trick . The season series between the teams concludes in Atlanta on April 10 in what will be the final regular-season game for both teams . . . The Penguins have dominated this series since the Thrashers entered the NHL in 1999-2000, going 31-8-0-3 in 42 games, including a 17-3-0-1 mark at home . . . Pittsburgh is 10-1 in its Sidney Crosby recorded a hat trick on Dec . 2 against the Thrashers . last 11 games against Atlanta, the only loss in that span coming in Atlanta last April 10 (0-1) . In those 11 games, the Thrashers have been held to two or fewer goals nine times and have never scored more than three goals . . . Atlanta has scored first in six of those 11 games and four straight . . . The Penguins have won eight consecutive home games against the Thrashers, their last loss here coming on Dec . 27, 2006 (2-4) . . . In their last five home games against Atlanta, the Penguins are 8-for-24 (33 .3 percent) on the power play . . . Coming up in four days is Sidney Crosby had 12 goals and 33 the historic Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic points in 19 career games against the Capitals before facing them last week . between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, who met for the first time this season Dec . 23 in Washington . . . Pittsburgh had lost four straight games to the Capitals, and seven of its last eight, before traveling to Washington for that Dec . 23 game . . . The teams are the subject of HBO’s “24/7 Penguins-Capitals: The Road to the Winter Classic,” the fourth and final episode of which airs Jan . 5 . . . The Penguins were 0-2-2 against Washington last season, the first time they were winless in a season series against the Capitals since going 0-6-1 in 1984-85 . Washington has won the series in each of the last continued on page 31

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two seasons. . . Pittsburgh has lost five straight home games (0-4-1) to Washington, which matches its longest current home losing streak against one team. The Penguins also have lost five straight home games to Minnesota. . . Alexander Ovechkin had 17 goals and 31 points in 20 career games against the Penguins before hosting them last week, and he has 10 goals and 14 points in 10 career games in Pittsburgh. Crosby had 12 goals and 33 points in 19 career games against the Capitals before facing them last week.

THE PENGUINS Pittsburgh played in Ottawa on Sunday night and will play tomorrow night on Long Island against the New York Islanders — the Penguins’ last game before the Winter Classic. . . Among the former Penguins who will be playing in the Alumni Game at Heinz Field on Dec. 31 are Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey, Gary Roberts, Bill Guerin, Phil Bourque, Bob Errey, Troy Loney, Dave Hannan, Rob Brown, Craig Simpson, Greg Malone, Jay Caufield, Rick Tocchet, Kevin Stevens, Warren Young, Frank Pietrangelo, Gary Rissling, Gilles Meloche, Francois Leroux and Rod Buskas. . . Four of the Penguins’ first five games in January will be played at home. . . On New Year’s Day the Penguins will become the first team to appear for a second time in the Winter Classic. Pittsburgh earned a 2-1 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 1, 2008 before 71,217 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the first Winter Classic. Colby Armstrong had the Penguins’ lone goal in regulation, and Crosby scored the shootout winner against goaltender Ryan Miller. . . Detroit beat Chicago (6-4) in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, while Boston beat Philadelphia (2-1 OT) at Fenway Park in the 2010 Winter Classic . . . Montreal will make its second appearance in the Heritage Classic outdoor game when it visits Calgary at McMahon Stadium this Feb. 20. . . Max Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury are hoping to make their outdoor debut on Jan. 1, as both missed the first Winter Classic game with injuries. Fleury was rehabilitating a high ankle sprain suffered four weeks earlier in Calgary, while Talbot was also nursing an ankle injury suffered two nights after Fleury was hurt. . . In addition to Crosby, current Penguins who also skated in the first Winter Classic were Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin.

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THE THRASHERS AND CAPITALS Atlanta played at home against Tampa Bay on Sunday and will return home to host Boston on Thursday night before playing an afternoon game in New Jersey on Dec. 31. . . The Thrashers played in Toronto on Dec. 20 . . . Atlanta moved briefly into first place in the Southeast Division on Dec. 18 with a 7-1 home win over New Jersey. Former Penguin continued on page 32

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Chris Thorburn had a goal and two assists in the game, while Eric Boulton had his first career hat trick in the victory, which moved the Thrashers one point ahead of Washington before the Capitals reclaimed the lead Dec . 19 . . . Thorburn was one of four Thrashers to be a plus-4 in that game, in which Evander Kane and Ron Hainsey each chipped in one goal and one assist . . . Speaking of the Capitals, they are no doubt aware that the visiting team in every Winter Classic has gone on to play in the Stanley Cup Final the following spring, although all of those teams also lost the Cup . . . Washington was in the midst of an eight-game losing Former Penguin Chris Thorburn streak (0-6-2) after falling in Boston, 3-2, Dec . 18, its had a goal and two assists on longest losing streak since the 2006-07 season . It also Dec . 18 against the Devils . dropped the Capitals out of first place in the Southeast Division for the first time since April, 2008 . . . The Capitals played in Ottawa the next night, however, and rebounded with a 3-2 victory in which they rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit . . . Ovechkin had one goal in eight games and just two in his last 17 games after the victory over the Senators . . . The last time the Capitals lost a game in Pittsburgh was Dec . 27, 2007, a 4-3 Penguins’ overtime victory . Thus the Capitals have earned at least one point in six straight road games against Pittsburgh since suffering a 3-2 regulation loss on Feb . 18, 2007 .

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The Trib Total Media Penguins All-Time Team honors 15 of the greatest players in Penguins history, as voted by the fans and a panel of media and team officials. Active NHL players were not eligible. The all-time team represents all eras of Penguins history and salutes the incredible history of hockey in our city. Visit the interactive display at the Trib Total Media Penguins All-Time Team Zone located at the Trib Total Media Gate. You will also see segments honoring other notable Penguins, builders (coaches, GMs, support staff) and, of course, fans.

66 MARIO LEMIEUX

Center, 1984-97, 2000-06

10 RON FRANCIS Center, 1991-98

25 KEVEN STEVENS

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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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55 LARRY MURPHY Defense, 1990-95

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30 LES BINKLEY

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7 JOE MULLEN

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COMMUNITY UPDATE TOYS, TOYS, AND MORE TOYS: PENGUINS FANS LEND A HELPING HAND THIS HOLIDAY SEASON The Pittsburgh Penguins returned this season with their annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive. The Penguins joined with the U.S. Marine Corps to collect toys and cash on Monday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 8. Fans were encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or make monetary donations at CONSOL Energy Center gates until 10 minutes into the first period. Contributions were accepted by the wives and girlfriends of Penguins’ players and members of the Booster Club. Every fan that donated was eligible to win autographed Penguins memorabilia. Thanks to the generosity of all the fans in attendance, the 2010 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive raised $7,105 and 1,941 toys for underprivileged children this holiday season. The Penguins organization has sponsored a holiday toy drive every season since 1992. All of the money raised will be used by the Toys for Tots program to purchase additional toys for needy children. Those toys, along with the toys collected at this year’s drive, will be distributed throughout the city before the holidays.

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STAY TUNED FOR THE STARKIST SHOOTOUT SEMI-FINALS IN JANUARY. You can also view this and previously shown competitions at pittsburghpenguins.com.

On Sunday, October 10, sixteen youth hockey teams from the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) in the Squirt age group (age 9 - 10) participated in a shootout competition at CONSOL Energy Center. The event was videotaped to be shown in episodes at Penguins home games. The first round of competition featured heats between two teams striving to advance to the next round. Sixteen teams fielded five skaters shooting against the opposing team’s goalie. After each team competition, an individual shooter and goaltender squared off against the opposing team’s individual tandem for a one-on-one competition. Each winning team and pair of individuals advanced to the next round of eight teams/tandems. The format repeated as teams and individual pairs advanced through the quarter-final heats to move on to the semi-finals. Robust competition marked the semi-final round for teams and individual tandems. The remaining two teams and individual tandems then had to “leave it all on the ice” in vying for the championship. Early in the second intermission of each Penguins home game the various heats in the competition will be featured. Enjoy each episode.

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MY WINTER CLASSIC EXPERIENCE I did not arrive at the 2008 Classic, played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., in all that pleasant of a mood. It was the midpoint of my first full season on the Penguins beat for Trib Total Media, and though the team’s involvement in the outdoor game was a story I had broken, the weeks leading up to it had wiped me out. Countless hours I had spent chasing down stories about anything and everything that could happen on that New Year’s Day regarding weather. There were also stories about equipment alternations for outside hockey; alternate jerseys; ice conditions; TV coverage; marketing; basically, if an editor had a question about the Classic my job was to answer it in print at no fewer than 15 inches. Upon driving to Western New York for the New Year’s Eve practice I was The players reminded the media that the press box would be warm, while they practically giddy with the following would be in the cold outside. thought: “Just two more days of this and I’ll never have to write about outside hockey again!” This negativity was not uncommon about beat reporters who are asked to take on the additional load of covering a special event. Certainly it fueled the attitude I carried into the stadium for practice sessions. Any slight inconvenience set me off. The tipping point, regrettably, was me screaming at an NHL official upon hearing that interviews with Sidney Crosby would be conducted in a separate room from his Penguins teammates. This was to accommodate the national media members who had invaded the Buffalo area, all of them interested in pushing out the local guys — near as I could figure. I remember two statements from that practice day, one from a media colleague and the other from a player. The colleague, speaking into his cell phone: “It’s actually pretty cool, though there is one guy from Pittsburgh who sounds like he wants to blow up the stadium.” The player, speaking to me: “Rossi, man, at least you get to be inside in the press box, right? We have to play in the cold.” I spent New Year’s Eve 2007 driving from Buffalo to Erie, where I was staying to cut down my post-Classic return trip. The entire time in my car I screamed along to the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.” I wasn’t singing along. I was screaming. I had turned my favorite album into a thrash-metal karaoke experience. Morning came, and I spent my first hours of 2008 returning to Buffalo. There was no continued on page 47

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Spending the first 10 minutes of the 2008 Winter Classic in the stands with the fans reminded Rossi to appreciate the uniqueness of the event.

screaming. There was no singing. There was no music. There was only silence as I drove toward Buffalo, hardly a snowflake in the sky. While searching for a parking space in the lot near the stadium I noticed many patches of Buffalo Sabres fans tailgating. I skulked past, pacing quickly with the intent of getting inside as soon as possible. About 50 yards from the hill that led to the media entrance a Sabres fan stopped me. “Hey, do you have tickets?” she asked. I explained that I was with the media. “Can you get us in?” she asked. I explained that I could not, and I returned to my brisk pace. Then I stopped and turned around. What was that sound? “You don’t have tickets?” I asked her. She did not. Nobody in her group had tickets. “Why are you here?” I asked. She held up a burger with her right hand while holding the boyfriend’s hand with her left. “Man, this is wild,” she said. “Look, outdoor hockey on New Year’s Day and everybody is excited. You don’t have to get inside to enjoy it.” I was getting inside, and I had no intention of enjoy it. That attitude held until I took a suggestion from a colleague about 30 minutes before the game was to start. “Go into the stands and just stand there,” she said. “Just try it.” So I did, and in the stands I stood for the first 10 minutes of the game. Snow was lightly falling. What felt like a 100,000 people were cheering — and that number was probably right if you counted the parking lot folks who couldn’t get in. I returned to the press box and didn’t say a word. “Well?” the colleague asked. I smiled. “Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking,” I said. “This is pretty cool.” Rob Rossi covers the Penguins for Trib Total Media. He also is a contributor for Pens HD Radio.

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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 showby-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.

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.

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.

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. continued on page 55

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HAVE A POWERFUL NIGHT OUT AND IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS! PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

HOSPITALITY & VIP PACKAGES EXECUTIVE FIRST STAR EXPERIENCE Lower level seats and a dinner buffet for ten.

LINE CHANGE VIP EXPERIENCE Lexus Club dinner and First Niagara Club seats for four.

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PARTY SUITES Enjoy the game and a buffet dinner in our oversized party suites accommodating forty to one hundred and sixty guests.

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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.

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 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.

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 nonalcoholic beverages. Patrons 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.

PENSGEAR PensGear, 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 133 for additional store locations through out CONSOL Energy Center. continued on page 56

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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.

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.

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.

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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 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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LOWER LEVEL SEATING

PARTY SUITES

CLUB SEATING

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MEN’S RESTROOMS

UPMC FIRST AID

WOMEN’S RESTROOMS

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HIGHMARK WALL OF CHAMPIONS AND HIGHMARK KIDS ZONE

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CONCESSIONS GUIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES/BEER Amber Bock Draft 102, 106, 108, 112, 206 Bass Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 121, 206, 213 Beck’s Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 121, 206, 213 Bud Light Draft 101, 102, 103, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 116, 121, 205, 206, 211, 212, 223, 231 Bud Light Can 106, 116, 204, 217 Budweiser Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 206 Coors Light Draft 108, 206, 230 Coors Light Bottle 102, 106, 112 Coors Light Can 109, 234 Corona Bottle 102, 112, 206 Czechvar Bottle 121, 213 Heineken Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 206 Hoegaarden Bottle 121, 213 Iron City Light Bottle 102, 112, 206 Iron City Light Can 109, 234 Labatt Blue Draft 102, 106, 112, 206 Labatt Blue Bottle 108 Labatt Blue Can 106, 116, 204, 217

Labatt Blue Light Draft 103, 108, 113, 206, 232 Labatt Blue Light Bottle 102, 106, 112 Labatt Blue Light Can 106, 116, 204, 217 LandShark Bottle 121, 213 Michelob Ultra Bottle 102, 112 Miller Lite Draft 101, 102, 106, 111, 112, 205, 206 Miller Lite Bottle 108 Miller Lite Can 106, 116, 204, 217 O’Doul’s Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 206 Redbridge (gluten free) Bottle 102, 112, 121, 206, 213 Rolling Rock Can 109, 234 Stella Artois Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 121, 206, 213 Shock Top Bottle 121, 213 Yuengling Draft 108, 119 Yuengling Bottle 102, 106, 108, 112, 206 Yuengling Can 109, 234

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES/ COCKTAILS, WINE, MALTERNATIVES Cocktails 102, 112, 206 Wine 102, 112, 206

Bacardi Lemon 102, 106, 108, 109, 112, 116, 204, 206, 217, 234 Smirnoff Ice 102, 106, 108, 109, 112, 116, 204, 206, 217

SOFT DRINKS, BOTTLED WATER, JUICE, COFFEE 22 oz. Fountain Soft Drink (assorted Dr. Pepper/Snapple Products)

101, 102, 103, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 116, 119, 120, 121, 205, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232 32 oz. Fountain Soft Drink Souvenir Cup (assorted Dr. Pepper/Snapple Products)

101, 103, 107, 108, 109, 111, 113, 116, 119, 120, 121, 205, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232 Bottled Soft Drink (assorted Dr. Pepper/Snapple Products)

105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 201, 211, 212, 214, 215, 218, 223, 231, 232, 233 Bottled Water 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 201, 205, 206, 211, 212, 214, 215, 223, 230, 231, 232, 233 Coffee (Tim Hortons) 103, 113, 116, 121, 223, 231 Snapple Iced Tea 107, 108, 109, 116, 120, 121, 205, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232 continued on page 62

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Venom Energy Drink 106, 107, 108, 109, 116, 120, 121, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232

BBQ AT SMOKEHOUSE Beef Brisket, Chicken & Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Platters 205 BBQ Chicken or Pork Nachos 205

CHICKEN SPECIALTIES Chicken Tenders 101, 108, 111, 120, 212, 232 WingStreet® Wings (Pizza Hut®)

107, 120, 212, 232 Grilled Chicken Sandwich 107, 206, 212, 232 Grilled Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich 101, 111 Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich 108 Mediterranean Chicken Wrap 103, 108, 113 Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos 205 Smoked BBQ Chicken Sandwich 205

GRILL ITEMS Angus Beef Cheeseburger 101, 107, 111, 206, 211, 212, 232 Hot Dog 101, 103, 107, 109, 111, 113, 116, 121, 206, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232

Topped Hot Dog 214, 218 Italian Sausage 107, 212, 232 Smoked Sausage 109, 116, 121, 223, 231

FRESH MADE WRAPS & SALADS Caesar Salad 103, 108, 113 Fruit Plate 108 Mediterranean Chicken Wrap 103, 108, 113

SPECIALITY ITEMS & CARVERY Cheesesteak Dippers 101, 111 Chef’s Specialty Carved Sandwiches 107 Chef’s Specialty Sauté 107 Cuban Pork Sandwich 103, 113 Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 105, 201 Kielbasa Grinder 101, 107, 111, 206 Meatball Grinder 108 Primanti Bros. Sandwiches 119 Onion Rings 107, 206 Specialty Nuts 105, 201 Sirloin French Dip 108 , 206

FRENCH FRIES, NACHOS, POPCORN & SNACKS French Fries 101, 107, 111, 119, 120, 206, 212, 232 Topped French Fries 108, 206 Nachos Grande 103, 109, 113, 116, 121, 211, 223, 230, 231 Jumbo Pretzels 103, 108, 109, 113, 116, 120, 121, 211, 223, 230, 231 Peanuts 103, 109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231 Popcorn 103, 105, 109, 113, 116, 121, 201, 212, 223, 230, 231 Cracker Jack 109, 116, 121, 206, 211, 223, 230, 231 Candy 103, 109, 113, 116, 121, 206, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231

ICE CREAM/ ITALIAN ICE Ice Cream Cup 109, 116, 223 Ice Cream Waffle Cone 109, 116, 223 Italian Ice 116 Misto Shake 116

PIZZA HUT® Pizza Singles 9” 103, 107, 113, 120, 212, 232

MENU ITEMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE VISIT PITTSBURGHPENGUINS.COM/DININGGUIDE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.

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Brent Johnson 1

Alex Goligoski 3

Zbynek Michalek 4

Deryk Engelland 5

Ben Lovejoy 6

Paul Martin 7

Pascal Dupuis 9

Mark Letestu 10

Chris Kunitz 14

Mike Rupp 17

Chris Conner 18

Matt Cooke 24

Max Talbot 25

Craig Adams 27

Eric Godard 28

Marc-Andre Fleury 29

Brooks Orpik 44

Arron Asham 45

Tyler Kennedy 48

Kris Letang 58

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G

A

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Sidney Crosby

34

27

30

57

15

25

9

Evgeni Malkin

29

13

17

30

-3

14

5

Kris Letang

34

6

23

29

18

42

Chris Kunitz

32

8

12

20

10

Alex Goligoski

34

6

11

17

14

Mark Letestu

34

6

9

15

1

6

2

2

0

0

73

8.2

Pascal Dupuis

33

7

8

15

7

24

0

0

1

1

72

9.7

Matt Cooke

34

6

8

14

8

50

0

0

2

2

43

14.0

Paul Martin

34

3

11

14

9

4

2

5

0

0

39

7.7

Tyler Kennedy

33

5

9

14

3

20

0

4

0

0

89

5.6

Max Talbot

34

5

5

10

3

21

0

0

1

0

36

13.9

Arron Asham

23

4

4

8

1

30

0

0

0

0

34

11.8

Brooks Orpik

28

1

7

8

10

24

0

0

0

2

22

4.5

Mike Rupp

33

3

4

7

4

58

0

0

0

0

26

11.5

Craig Adams

32

1

6

7

1

36

0

0

1

1

29

3.4

Chris Conner

18

3

2

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

27

11.1

Mike Comrie

16

0

5

5

-4

18

0

2

0

0

21

0.0

Zbynek Michalek

25

0

5

5

-4

8

0

2

0

0

30

0.0

Deryk Engelland

28

2

3

5

E

74

0

0

0

0

21

9.5

Ben Lovejoy

16

0

3

3

-1

22

0

0

0

0

14

0.0

Eric Tangradi

9

1

1

2

-1

6

0

0

0

0

12

8.3

Dustin Jeffrey

3

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

33.3

11

0

1

1

3

33

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

5

0

1

1

-3

6

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

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294

95

568

26

47

6

8

1064

10.2

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GP

W

L

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

TSA

Marc-Andre Fleury

24

15

7

2.29

582

0.920

1

53

635

8

1

Brent Johnson

11

7

3

2.18

289

0.920

1

24

313

0

1

TOTALS

35

22

10

2.25

871

0.919

2

77

948

8

2

Eric Godard Andrew Hutchinson

PPG PPA

SHG

SHA

SOG

SPCT

9

1

0

131

20.6

8

0

0

134

9.7

2

8

0

1

92

6.5

21

3

1

0

1

59

13.6

12

3

6

0

0

55

10.9

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Player

POS HT

WT

#

Player

1

Brent Johnson

G

6-3

3

Alex Goligoski

4

POS HT

WT

199

24

Matt Cooke

LW

5-11 205

D

5-11 180

25

Max Talbot

C

5-11 190

Zbynek Michalek

D

6-2

210

27

Craig Adams

RW 6-0

5

Deryk Engelland

D

6-2

202

28

Eric Godard

RW 6-4

6

Ben Lovejoy

D

6-2

215

29

Marc-Andre Fleury

G

6-2

180

7

Paul Martin

D

6-1

190

44

Brooks Orpik

D

6-2

219

9

Pascal Dupuis

RW 6-1

205

45

Arron Asham

10

Mark Letestu

C

5-11 195

48

Tyler Kennedy

C

5-11 183

14

Chris Kunitz

LW

6-0

193

58

Kris Letang

D

6-0

201

17

Mike Rupp

C

6-5

230

71

Evgeni Malkin

C

6-3

195

18

Chris Conner

RW 5-8

180

87

Sidney Crosby

C

5-11 200

197 214

RW 5-11 205


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ATLANTA THRASHERS #

Player

POS HT

WT

#

Player

3

Brent Sopel

D

4

Zach Bogosian

6

Ron Hainsey

8

Alexander Burmistrov

9

Evander Kane

10

Bryan Little

14

Tim Stapleton

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POS HT

6-2

205

23

Jim Slater

C

6-0

D

6-3

215

24

Freddy Meyer

D

5-10 185

D

6-3

210

27

Chris Thorburn

C

6-1

180

29

Johnny Oduya

D

6-0

190

LW

6-2

195

31

Ondrej Pavelec

G

6-3

220

C

5-11 185

33

Dustin Byfuglien

D

6-5

265

C

5-9

180

36

Eric Boulton

LW

6-1

225

Andrew Ladd

LW

6-3

205

39

Tobias Enstrom

D

5-10 180

Niclas Bergfors

RW 6-0

200

47

Rich Peverley

C

6-0

195

19

Freddy Modin

LW

6-4

220

50

Chris Mason

G

6-0

195

21

Ben Eager

LW

6-2

235

80

Nik Antropov

C

6-6

245

22

Anthony Stewart

RW 6-3

230

RW 6-3

WT 200

230

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THRASHERS BY THE #S PLAYER

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

SHG

SHA

SOG

Dustin Byfuglien

35

11

24

35

11

37

4

Andrew Ladd

35

12

19

31

2

10

4

11

0

0

133

8.3

8

2

1

85

14.1

Tobias Enstrom

35

5

22

27

8

16

3

11

0

1

39

12.8

Anthony Stewart

35

10

12

22

3

14

4

4

0

0

67

14.9

Rich Peverley

35

8

14

22

-3

27

4

3

1

1

81

9.9

Evander Kane

33

11

10

Niclas Bergfors

27

7

11

21

-1

37

2

2

0

0

113

9.7

18

1

2

2

4

0

0

49

14.3

Nik Antropov

34

7

10

17

-7

18

4

4

0

0

53

13.2

Bryan Little

29

9

8

17

12

6

1

2

2

1

48

18.8

Johnny Oduya

35

2

11

13

-5

10

0

4

0

0

42

4.8

Alex Burmistrov Chris Thorburn

35

5

8

13

3

23

0

0

0

1

55

9.1

35

5

7

12

9

31

1

1

0

0

42

11.9

Jim Slater

30

5

5

10

5

15

0

0

0

0

43

11.6

Fredrik Modin

20

6

2

8

-5

2

0

0

1

0

32

18.8

Ben Eager

30

3

5

8

6

61

0

0

0

0

39

7.7

Eric Boulton

29

4

3

7

10

19

0

0

0

0

25

16.0

Ron Hainsey

35

1

5

6

8

8

0

0

0

1

34

2.9

Brent Sopel

34

1

4

5

12

8

0

0

0

0

20

5.0

Zach Bogosian

29

2

3

5

-6

21

0

1

0

0

57

3.5

Nigel Dawes

6

0

0

0

-6

0

0

0

0

0

6

0.0

Freddy Meyer

6

0

0

0

-3

4

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

Tim Stapleton

6

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

9

0.0

Noah Welch

2

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.0

TEAM TOTALS

35 114 183

297

54

379

29

55

6

6

1075

10.6

GOALIES

GP

W

L

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

TSA

Ondrej Pavelec

23

12

6

1.82

645

0.940

2

39

684

0

4

Chris Mason

15

7

5

3.74

436

0.900

0

50

486

2

1

1

0

0

1.56

15

0.940

0

1

16

0

1

39

19

11

2.54

1096

0.924

2

90

1186

2

6

Peter Mannino TOTALS

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SPCT

PIM ENG


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Zach Bogosian 4

Ron Hainsey 6

Alexander Burmistrov 8

Evander Kane 9

Bryan Little 10

Tim Stapleton 14

Andrew Ladd 16

Niclas Bergfors 18

Freddy Modin 19

Ben Eager 21

Anthony Stewart 22

Jim Slater 23

Freddy Meyer 24

Chris Thorburn 27

Johnny Oduya 29

Ondrej Pavelec 31

Dustin Byfuglien 33

Eric Boulton 36

Tobias Enstrom 39

Rich Peverley 47

Chris Mason 50

Nik Antropov 80

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THE PENGUINS GAME VAULT JANUARY 1, 2008 • PENGUINS 2, SABRES 1 RALPH WILSON STADIUM The National Hockey League couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than the one that existed at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first Winter Classic on January 1, 2008. Snowflakes littered the air, 71,217 fans filled the seats, the Penguins were wearing baby blue for the first time since Jan. 27, 1980 and the NHL had Sidney Crosby front and center in front of a national television audience. With the spotlight on him, Crosby delivered one of hockey’s most-iconic images of all-time by slipping the game-deciding shootout goal between the legs of Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller to secure a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory. While Crosby saved the dramatics for later, he did help the Penguins jump out in front of the Sabres just 21 seconds into the contest. Leading the rush into the offensive zone, Crosby drove to the net from the left-wing boards. Miller stopped Crosby’s initial shot, but Colby Armstrong was right there on the follow-up to lift the rubber over Miller’s shoulder to put the Penguins up 1-0. Ty Conklin stopped 36 of 37 shots to send the As the snow continued to cover the ice, game into overtime on New Year’s Day 2008. Buffalo was able to even the score at 1-1 1:25 into the second period when defenseman Brian Campbell fired a wrist shot from the high slot behind Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin. Buffalo built off the momentum of Campbell’s tally to control the action for much of the final two periods, outshooting Pittsburgh by a 21-14 count during that span, but the game headed to overtime thanks to the spectacular acrobatics of Conklin, who stopped 36 of 37 shots overall. Conklin stole the show in overtime, stopping all seven shots the Sabres sent his way, including a pair of 10-bellers on Ales Kotalik to send the game to a shootout. Kotalik, however, quickly got his revenge, opening the shootout by beating Conklin to give the Sabres a 1-0 advantage. It would be the only goal Conklin would surrender. Kris Letang drew the Penguins even when he improved to 4-for-4 in shootouts to begin his career on Pittsburgh’s second attempt. Conklin’s ensuing save on Maxim Afinogenov set the stage for Crosby. Skating from center ice in blizzard-like conditions, Crosby deked Miller a couple times, eluded his pokecheck and slipped the biscuit between his legs to finish off the Sabres. “Growing up, I played a lot outside,” Crosby said. “When you see 70,000 people jammed into a stadium to watch hockey, it’s a good sign. The atmosphere and environment, I don’t think you can beat that.”

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Opening Day of Rookie Camp

14

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (New York, NY)

17

Opening Day of NHL Training Camps

21

Pre-season schedule begins

28

Kraft Hockeyville — Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators (Dundas, ON)

OCTOBER 1

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month

6

Opening Day Playing Rosters set (3:00 p.m. ET)

7

Opening Night — 93rd NHL Regular Season begins

7

NHL Face-Off (Toronto)

7

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild (Helsinki, FIN)

7

Official Opening of CONSOL Energy Center — Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

8

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — Minnesota Wild at Carolina Hurricanes (Helsinki, FIN)

8

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks (Stockholm, SWE)

9

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets (Stockholm, SWE)

9

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — Phoenix Coyotes at Boston Bruins (Prague, CZE)

9

Stanley Cup Banner Raised — Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

10

2010 Compuware NHL Premiere — Boston Bruins at Phoenix Coyotes (Prague, CZE)

21

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Buffalo, NY) Inductees: Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. George V. Nagobads, Jeremy Roenick

28

A Celebration of Lester Patrick (Boston, MA) Recipients: Cam Neely, David Andrews, Jerry York, Jack Parker

30

Busiest Day in NHL season — 28 teams play

NOVEMBER 6

Hockey Hall of Fame Game (Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs)

7

Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic

8

Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Toronto, ON) Inductees: Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato, Angela James (Player category); Jim Devellano, The late Daryl “Doc” Seaman (Builder category)

8-18

2010 Subway Super Series (CHL)

9

NHL General Managers Meeting (Toronto)

11-13

U20 4 Nations Cup

26

NHL Founder’s Day (1917) — 13 games on schedule

DECEMBER 1

Signing deadline for Group 2 free agents

6-7

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Palm Beach, FL)

19-27

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26 – Jan.5

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2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic — Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh)

17-19

Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Toronto, ON)

27-31

NHL All-Star Break (no games played)

28

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Raleigh, NC)

29

Honda SuperSkills, 7 p.m. ET, Raleigh, NC (RBC Center)

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58th NHL All-Star Game, 4 p.m. ET, Raleigh, NC (RBC Center)

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NHL Regular Season Schedule Resumes

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CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada (Host: Whitehorse, YT) Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers; Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens; Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks

18-20

Hockey Weekend Across America (USA Hockey)

20

Hockey Day in America

20

2011 NHL Heritage Classic — Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames (McMahon Stadium, Calgary)

28

Trade deadline (3:00 p.m. ET)

MARCH 14-16

NHL General Managers Meeting (Boca Raton, FL)

APRIL 7-9

NCAA Frozen Four (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN)

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IIHF U18 World Championship (Germany)

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IIHF World Championship (Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia & Ladislav Trojak Arena in Kosice, Slovakia)

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Oct. 15 7:30

Toledo

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Jan. 15

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Oct. 16

7:00

Wheeling

@ Toledo

Jan. 18

7:30

Wheeling

Oct. 22

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Jan. 21

7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Oct. 23 7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Jan. 22

7:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Oct. 24 5:00

Trenton

@ Wheeling

Jan 23

4:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Oct. 28 11:00 am Reading

@ Wheeling

Jan 28

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Oct. 29 7:30

Reading

@ Wheeling

Jan. 29

7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling

Oct. 30

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Jan. 30

5:00

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Nov. 6

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Feb. 2

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Nov. 7

5:00

Elmira

@ Wheeling

Feb. 4

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Reading

@ Wheeling

Feb 5

8:00

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Nov. 11 7:00 Nov. 12 7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Feb 11

7:05

Reading

@ Wheeling*

Nov 14

7:00

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Feb 12

8:05

Toledo

@ Wheeling*

Nov.18

7:00

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

7:00

Wheeling

@ Greenville

Feb 14

Nov. 19 7:30

Wheeling

@ Greenville

Feb. 18 7:30

Reading

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Nov. 21 TBA

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Feb. 19

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Nov 24 7:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Feb. 20

4:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Nov. 27 7:30

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Feb. 23

7:00

Wheeling

@ Toledo

Nov. 28 7:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Feb. 25

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Dec. 2

7:00

Trenton

Feb 27

5:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Dec. 3

7:30

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Mar. 2

7:00

Wheeling

Gwinnett

@ Wheeling*

Mar. 4

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Dec. 10 7:30

@ Wheeling

@ Elmira

Dec. 11 7:30

Gwinnett

@ Wheeling*

Mar. 5

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Dec. 15 7:30

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Mar. 6

5:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Dec. 17 7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Mar. 11 7:30

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling*

Dec. 18 7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Mar. 12

7:30

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Dec 19

7:35

Reading

@ Wheeling

Mar. 13

4:00

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Dec 26

5:00

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Mar. 16 7:00

Toledo

@ Wheeling

Dec. 28 7:00

Wheeling

@ Gwinnett

Mar. 19 7:35

@ Wheeling

Dec. 29 7:00

Wheeling

@ Gwinnett

South Carolina

Dec. 31 7:00

Wheeling

@ Gwinnett

Mar. 20 5:00

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Jan. 2

TBA

Wheeling

@ Greenville

Mar. 23

7:30

Wheeling

@ Florida

Jan. 8

7:30

Reading

@ Wheeling

Mar. 25

7:30

Wheeling

@ Florida

Jan 9

5:00

Toledo

@ Wheeling

Mar. 26

7:30

Wheeling

@ Florida

Jan. 12

7:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Mar. 30

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Jan. 14

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Mar. 31 7:00

Toledo

@ Wheeling

Apr. 2

Toledo

@ Wheeling

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HOCKEY IN A FOOTBALL FAMILY Steelers president Art Rooney II won’t be accompanying his football team as usual on its normal Saturday afternoon departure for the final game of the regular season on Jan. 2 at Cleveland. The staging of the Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 demands a change of plans. “I’m going to the game, for sure,” Rooney said. “I’ll go up to Cleveland later.” For Rooney, having the Penguins take over Heinz Field for a day is the culmination of a plan that’s literally been years in the making. Although it didn’t quite work out the way Rooney and the Steelers initially envisioned, the chance to host a Pens-Caps clash more than made up for any potential issues that may crop due to the timing of the event, which is less than ideal from the Steelers’ perspective. “We had talked about it for a couple of years,” Rooney said. “We had always hoped to convince them to play the game after our season was over. And they kept coming back and saying, ‘No, we have this tradition that we’ve established on Jan. 1 and if we’re going to do it that’s when we’re doing it.’ We spent a lot of time trying to figure out if we could make it work. And we finally came to the conclusion that it can work. “Even if we have a playoff game the following week we’ll just have to put a whole new field in, which we’ve already done once this year, so we can do that again.” Rooney’s interest in hockey goes back to the late 1950s, predating the formation of the NHL Penguins by about a decade. “I go way back with hockey,” he said. “My dad and his brothers used to freeze their backyard and they’d When Art Rooney stepped up to the podium in July to play. I always tried to sneak out there discuss the Winter Classic coming to Heinz Field it represented with them but my grandmother a lot of work by the Steelers to help get the game here. wouldn’t let me. “I went to some [AHL] Hornets games, sure. And then when the Penguins came my grandfather had season tickets. I was usually the beneficiary of that. I used those tickets a lot.” Rooney recalls a time when he’d attend approximately half of the Penguins’ home games in a given season. “I remember a lot of those guys, Jean Pronovost and Dave Burrows and Syl Apps,” Rooney said. “We didn’t have very good teams in those days but it was still fun to watch, continued on page 99

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of those things, when I was young not many people played it so I never had the opportunity other than fooling around once in a while. They didn’t even have street hockey in those days.” Now they have hockey in sold-out football stadiums. The Penguins have come a long way from the days of Pronovost, Apps and Burrows. Like Heinz Field’s primary occupants, they have a championship pedigree that defines them. And their rivalry with the Capitals has become such that it’ll be right at home in a facility that annually plays host to resumptions of Steelers-Browns hostilities. What a New Year’s Day it should be, a day unlike any other in Pittsburgh’s hockey history, one with the potential to blend the surreal with the spectacular. “I remember going to the first Stanley Cup Final,” Rooney said. “It was probably a lot like Steelers fans going to their first playoff game. It was like, ‘Wow, here I am going to a Penguins Stanley Cup Final game.’ “We’re very excited. It’s going to be a great day. It’s very exciting for me but it’s exciting for the whole city. It’s going to be a great event for the city. It’s just the kind of thing you hope you can bring to the city. We’re fortunate we were able to wind up with it at Heinz Field.” That’s a long way from Dan Rooney’s improvised backyard frozen pond.

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HOLDING Using hands on an opponent or his equipment.

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PENGUINS ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE NHL BOTH ON AND OFF THE ICE On New Year’s Day 2008, the National Hockey League struck gold. The league chose the Pittsburgh Penguins — led by its perennial poster boy, Sidney Crosby — to face off against the Buffalo Sabres on an outdoor rink in front of more than 70,000 fans. The game took hockey back to its roots of being played outside, and the fact that a blizzard engulfed Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium made it even more special. To top it all off, Crosby scored the game-deciding goal in a shootout to lead the Penguins past the Sabres, 2-1. Since then, Crosby and the Penguins have justified being chosen as one of the faces of the NHL. Pittsburgh went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2009, and Crosby scored the overtime winner to give Canada the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Now the Penguins are once again representing the league, both on and off the ice. The 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field pits the Penguins against their rival Washington Capitals Sidney Crosby’s shootout-winning goal was in what has become the NHL’s most one in a series of big events for him in anticipated event outside of the Stanley the past couple of years. Cup playoffs. Both the Penguins and the Capitals are also being featured on HBO’s groundbreaking series “24/7 Penguins/Capitals: The Road to the Winter Classic,” a four-episode documentary that follows both teams on the ice, in the locker rooms and on the road to give fans a more complete view of life in the NHL. The Penguins are honored to be selected for such prestigious opportunities. “It’s really cool,” Ben Lovejoy said. “They picked two teams that are a huge draw throughout the United States, two of the marquee franchises.” “We feel fortunate to be able to play in [the Winter Classic],” Crosby said. “It’s a pretty special event, and not everyone gets that chance. Especially being here at home is something that everyone appreciates. It’s certainly nice to be a part of it.” Being the face of the league could carry some added pressure and responsibility, but the Penguins don’t really feel a difference. “It’s great,” Mike Rupp said. “It’s a responsibility we have to carry, but we carry it every day being a Pittsburgh Penguin.” continued on page 117

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Brooks Orpik agreed, saying “I think it’s good. But I don’t think it puts on any more pressure, guys aren’t thinking about it that much. Everyone is just looking forward to the game.” The only difference, according to Crosby, is a little adjustment. “I’m sure some guys take a little bit longer to adjust having a camera in their face at breakfast or in a meeting,” Crosby said. “But I think overall, guys have accepted it and gone on as usual here.” Lovejoy is adjusting to being more aware of his words. “There are times when you definitely don’t want to say something in front of the camera, or you do say something and look behind you and hope they didn’t catch it,” Lovejoy said. Everyone, though, agrees that it’s great for the game of hockey. “It’s a great way for people to see what goes on here, with the intensity of the ups and downs with the way people are playing,” Crosby said. Penguins players have adjusted to the ever-present HBO camera crews. “It’s good for hockey, definitely, to have so many people interested in the team,” Zbynek Michalek said. “People talk about us and we are on TV, so it’s good for the game. And hopefully we will attract more fans.” Michalek, who played in Phoenix for most of his NHL career before signing with the Penguins during free agency last summer, is one of the players still adjusting to the spotlight. “It’s a lot different here,” Michalek said. “There’s a lot more exposure than in Phoenix.” Nonetheless, he said he is looking forward to playing at Heinz Field. “I’m looking forward to just playing outside,” Michalek said. “Back in my younger days when I was growing up, I have a lot of memories of skating outside. I know it’s going to be a fun game.” Of this year’s squad, only six players skated in the 2008 Winter Classic. Most of the Penguins are looking forward to their first outdoor NHL experience. “This is unbelievable,” Lovejoy said. “You dream of playing in the NHL, but you never think you’re going to have the chance to play in this type of game.” “My family is coming over and it should be a fun event,” Michalek said. “Like I said, it’s great for hockey. People are going to be watching it all over the world. So it’s going to be something special.

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For some Penguins, the Winter Classic is old hat. Six on the current roster played in the inaugural event at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008. For goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, this year’s Winter Classic offers a second chance. Fleury, like teammate Max Talbot, missed the 2008 Winter Classic with a hurt ankle. Ty Conklin took Fleury’s place in net as the Penguins beat Buffalo, 2-1, behind Sidney Crosby’s shootout-deciding goal. Fleury has played in two Stanley Cup Finals, but never a Winter Classic. Barring injury, that changes Jan. 1 at Heinz Field when the Penguins play host to Washington in the fourth annual Winter Classic. Fleury is eager. “Yeah, definitely,” said Fleury, 26. “I’m very excited to go out there and skate, to practice, to be with the guys. To play will be a great time.” Fleury’s ankle injury in 2007-08 kept him sidelined almost three months. He got hurt in early December, so “I had put it in my mind that I wasn’t going to play [at Buffalo]. But I was hoping, before the end of my career, to have a chance to play in [a Winter Classic].” Outdoor hockey played a big role in the Sorel, Quebec native’s youth. “My uncle had the big yard beside my house, and he and my dad always built us a rink, an ice surface,” Fleury remembered. “After school, we would go play out there. Good times. “Organized hockey was mostly weekends. Not as much practice during the week. So every day after school I would go home, put my skates on, and go play.” There wasn’t much football in Fleury’s childhood: “I didn’t really watch football before. Back home we had the [Canadian Football League], the [Montreal] Alouettes.” But since

Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves and earned a shutout at Buffalo on Nov. 24.

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Fleury’s arrival in Pittsburgh, he’s become a Steelers fan. It’s impossible not to, right? “Since I’m here, I follow it more. I see how the Steelers are doing,” Fleury said. “It will be fun to be on their field with that many people at the game.” After a rough start to this season, Fleury has been torrid. He was in goal 11 times during the Penguins’ 12-game winning streak Nov. 17–Dec. 11. During his 11 straight victories, Fleury had a goals-against average of 1.62 and a save percentage of .945. As of Dec. 19, Fleury was 14-7-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. The highlight of Fleury’s sizzling run was a 1-0 triumph at Buffalo on Nov. 24. Fleury made 30 saves for the shutout. Pascal Dupuis netted the only goal. “He’s the good old ‘Flower’ that we know,” Dupuis said after. “He’s feeling great. He’s got his mojo back.” Fleury’s Gallic charisma was on display during the premiere of HBO’s “24/7 Penguins/Capitals” reality series, which debuted Dec. 15. “It’s good,” Fleury said of “24/7.” “They filmed so much, but only little pieces got on TV. I’m anxious to see what Washington’s doing, how it is in their locker room.” One segment on “24/7” featured a group of Penguins going into the hotel room of Mark Letestu and Ben Lovejoy and moving all the furniture into the hall while the two rookies were at dinner. “I was not even part of this,” protested Fleury before admitting, “I had a good crew with me.” Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. will see Fleury roughing up his crease in front of over 65,000 at Heinz Field. It will be a much better vantage point than the one he tolerated in Buffalo three years prior. “I was standing by the side of the ice with Max [Talbot],” Fleury remembered. “We had big jackets on, tuques. We were watching the game and throwing snowballs at the mascot.” Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

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