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FRONT OFFICE Mario Lemieux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Ron Burkle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 David Morehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Jim Rutherford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Bill Guerin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Jason Karmanos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

GAME NOTES 85

Mike Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Sergei Gonchar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Jacques Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Mark Recchi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Mike Buckley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Travis Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Terry Kalna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Penguins Staff Directory. . . . . . . . 131

G A M E I N F O R MATI O N Penguins Roster and Headshots . . 66 SAFETY WARNING: Pucks can be propelled into the spectator areas any time during warm-up or play in progress, or after the stoppage of play. To help avoid injury, stay alert whenever you are in the arena bowl. If you are injured, ask the nearest usher for assistance and directions to the medical station.

Capitals Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Capitals Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Game Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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I N E V E RY I S S U E Around The NHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Excel Hockey Academy Expands . . . 7

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Season Ticket Holder Spotlight . . . . 9

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Pens Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Radio Network Broadcasters . . . . 113

2018.19 Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Iceburgh Calls the Penalties. . . . . 116

2018.19 Promotional Schedule. . . . 19

PensTV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Malkin Motivated for a Huge Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Jack Johnson Relishes Opportunity with Penguins. . . . . . 139

Hockey Ettiquette 101 . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Frozen in Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Get Social with the Penguins. . . . . 57

Showing Discipline and Making Good Decisions. . . . . . . . . 153

Pittsburgh Penguins Making an Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

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Seat Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

GNC Student Rush. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Building Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Penguins Players on Social . . . . . . 65 Penguins Player Birthdays . . . . . . . 73

DICK’S Sporting Goods Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

In the Room presented by RAM . . . 74

Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Orr’s Jewelers Ice Crew Member Bios: Elisa and Dylan . . . . 77

Bites and Beverages . . . . . . . . . . . 158

In the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

PENGUINS F O U N DATI O N

WBS Penguins Schedule . . . . . . . . 82

Warm Up Pucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

2018.19 NHL Key Dates . . . . . . . . . . 95

50/50 Raffle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

NHL Fan Code of Conduct. . . . . . . 103 2018.19 Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Penguins Foundation Awards Scholarships to High School Graduates . . . . . . . . . . 91

Radio Network Listing . . . . . . . . . . 110

Game Day Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Penguins Honors and Awards . . . 105

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J.J. HONORED Jim Johannson, who had worked for USA Hockey from 2000 until his death on Jan. 21, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The Lester Patrick Patrick Award is presented in honor of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development. It recognizes service to hockey in the United States. “From his playing days at the University of Wisconsin and for U.S. National and Olympic teams through his two-decade career at USA Hockey, Jim worked tirelessly to grow our game at all levels in the United States,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman observed. “His impact on our game was immense and improved the experience for Americans from the youth and recreational levels through the select elite chosen for national teams. His selfless approach and delight in helping others shine made friends and admirers throughout the hockey community.”

ONE OF A KIND Bettman also acknowledged the passing of Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita in August: “Stan Mikita lived a remarkable life and was a wonderful man, respected and revered by so many. One of the greatest players in NHL history and a Chicago icon, he was a pioneer of the game in so many ways. “He designed the distinctive helmet he donned later in his career, when that still was a rarity. He curved his stick blade to an extent previously unthinkable, causing his shot to do tricks. He utterly transformed his playing style in his prime, going from one of the league’s most penalized players to one of its most gentlemanly.” Mikita’s 926 career assists and 1,467 points are the most in Chicago Blackhawks history. He is the only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng trophies in the same year, a feat Mikita accomplished twice. 4


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The EXCEL Hockey Academy, a partnership between North Catholic High School and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex to create a premier scholastic hockey academy, has expanded to offer programming to middle school and grade school students this season. The EXCEL Academy, which launched last season for students at North Catholic, offers students a unique combination of academic programing as well as on-ice and off-ice training provided by a worldclass staff of professionals. New this season, grade school students and middle school students will be afforded the opportunity to receive elite level training at a world class facility. The Grade School program

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At Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame with the Stanley Cup 14-15 years ago. Anne-Marie (pictured right) with her husband Ed, son Alex and daughter Melissa.

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WITH WHOM DO YOU ATTEND PENGUINS GAMES? I attend games with my husband, our children (when they’re in town), and friends.

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DO YOU, OR A FAMILY MEMBER CURRENTLY PLAY HOCKEY? IF SO, WHICH TEAM AND/OR LEAGUE? We play hockey on Sunday mornings with family and friends. It’s just a pick-up game, and the players vary widely in skill, but it is our favorite thing to do together.

AT WHAT POINT IN YOUR FANDOM DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE HOOKED ON HOCKEY? In 1987, I realized I had the chance to watch a legend in his prime. After that, I tried to never miss a game so I could see as many of Mario’s legendary heroics as possible. I also feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to see great players like Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Anne-Marie with family and friends enjoying their Sunday hockey game.

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Anne-Marie with her daughter Melissa celebrating the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup with their new championship merchandise.

HAVE YOU WITNESSED ANY PLAYER OR TEAM MILESTONES IN PERSON? WHICH MEMORIES STAND OUT? Many. We saw Lemieux’s last game before his first retirement (and last goal at that time), the game in which he returned to play in 2000, Crosby’s first game, the game in which he scored the famous water bottle goal in the shoot-out against Montreal, and numerous incredibly exciting playoff games. My favorite memory was at the Boston Garden in Game 4 of the 1992 Wales Conference Final, when Lemieux embarrassed Ray Bourque and Andy Moog with his amazing short-handed goal. We had a bird’s-eye view of that one!

Center, and even KeyBank Center in Buffalo, but not enough times to have a favorite.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE AWAY GAME DESTINATION? IF SO, WHERE? I’ve been to Madison Square Garden, the old Boston Garden, the old Capital Centre, Capital One Arena, Barclays

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE GAME DAY EXPERIENCE? I’m sure this sounds cliché, but the game. Always the game itself.

WHICH PITTSBURGH PENGUIN WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF MOST LIKE? WHY? Mike Sullivan. He’s very analytical but also passionate about hockey. IF TRAPPED IN AN ESCAPE ROOM, WHICH TWO PITTSBURGH PENGUINS’ PLAYERS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO HELP YOU BREAKOUT AND WHY? Sidney Crosby because he’s incredibly persistent and would never give up, and Matt Cullen for his calming presence. Hopefully the three of us would be smart enough to figure it out!

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The Penguins Radio Network will be airing two cutting edge podcasts for the 2018-19 season. The two podcasts — Great Day for Hockey Talk and In the Scoop — will be distinctly different and provide unique perspectives, anecdotes and insights on the Penguins team.

GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY TALK Will be hosted by Paul

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Steigerwald, a former longtime

with the Penguins organization

Penguins broadcaster. The Scoop will

since 1980, and over the years has

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seen the franchise at its highest

Kasan and Michelle Crechiolo.

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

Day for Hockey Talk, Steigerwald

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Mike Lange highlight a list of

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others associated with the Penguins and the sport of hockey.

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before-heard player anecdotes from

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Evgeni Malkin Bobblehead presented by UPMC Sports Medicine

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explained. “I want to be a good player the next 5-6 years. I try to do my best to dominate every game. “I want to be a top-10 player in this league for the next five years.” Whether you are a casual or hardcore Penguins’ fan, Malkin’s words had to get your competitive juices flowing heading into the 2018-19 season. Since it’s been just shy of five months since the Penguins last played a game that mattered, sometimes the particulars of the previous campaign can be somewhat forgotten. For a quick refresher, Evgeni Malkin was one of the most dominant offensive performers in the National Hockey League last year. The now 32-year-old center enjoyed one of the best years of his career, wrapping up the regular season with 42 goals and 98 points. Both figures led the Penguins, and ranked him inside the top-five in the league in both categories, something no other NHL player could say. As a result, he was named the Pens’ team MVP for the fourth time. Those raw numbers were impressive as a whole, but his offensive outburst during the second half of the season thrust him smack into the middle of

Penguins’ superstar Evgeni Malkin spoke to reporters for the first time this year following the team’s third day of training camp at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Sept. 16. As always, Malkin was well worth the wait, honest and up front with each question the media tossed his way. Amidst the plethora of quality quotes delivered by Malkin was his response when asked his thoughts about how long he believes the Penguins’ championship window with he and Sidney Crosby will remain open: “I hope [that we win] a couple more [Stanley Cups]. We try every year. Sid is an unbelievable player. I look to him every day. He is still hungry, works hard every day… I try to be the same. I know everyone looks to me right now. Last year, during the regular season, I show a good game. But I wasn’t happy what I did in the playoffs. In the playoffs, I can play better for sure.” Powerful quotes, but Malkin didn’t stop there. A few seconds later he continued by divulging how long he plans to remain among the NHL’s elite. “I don’t want to be a guy who wins three Cups and stops playing,” Malkin 22

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by the injury, losing to one of the Penguins’ fiercest rivals was a bitter pill to swallow. “They have a great team for sure, but of course I am upset,” Malkin stated when asked about his fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin winning his first Cup. “I feel like if we beat Washington, we would have had a chance to win.” Stung by not adding another Stanley Cup ring to his collection – remember, he doesn’t want to be a guy to just win three — Malkin trained harder than ever this summer. His summer began with treatment and rehab for his knee, plus a little relaxing with his wife Anna, and son, Nikita, in their Miami home. Later, Malkin returned to his native Russia, where he altered his training routine. This year, Malkin began skating in July, starting at three or four times a week, before progressing to five days. He even had Penguins’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Trinca join him for several weeks. “I feel unbelievable,” Malkin said, assessing his new routine. Considering the numbers Malkin produced last season coming off consecutive lengthy playoff runs, opponents have to be scared of what he will do this year feeling unbelievable.

the NHL MVP battle. From Jan. 1 until the end of the regular season, Malkin scored 28 goals and produced 62 points. Only NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers tallied more points (63). Malkin was the NHL’s ‘First Star’ for January, and the ‘Second Star’ of February. But in spite of his strong regular season, it’s the way the playoffs unfolded that still bugs Malkin. Late in the Penguins’ First Round, Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Malkin’s knee was bent backwards when he got tied up with a Flyers player. Malkin missed the Pens’ seriesclinching victory in Game 6, then the first two games of the Washington series. When he returned, he was clearly not 100 percent, scoring just once and tallying three points in four games against the Caps. With the other half of their dynamic duo unable to match the offensive wizardry being performed by Crosby and Jake Guentzel in the postseason, the Penguins saw their two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions end at the hands of the Capitals, who of course went on to win their first championship. Although Malkin knew he was limited 25

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Fifty goals? Onehundred points? A third scoring championship? These all seem like reasonable goals. An added motivator for Malkin this year, especially come the second half, will be his expected pursuit of 1,000 career points. He enters tonight’s season opener against the Capitals needing just 70 points to reach that mark. Two years ago, as Crosby closed in on 1,000, Malkin predicted to a few staff members he would reach 1,000 within two years. If his knee holds up — he claimed it was “1,000 percent” during camp — he is almost a sure bet to do so. Regardless of what Malkin’s final point totals end up being, or if he is able to get to 1,000 points, he has made it abundantly clear his No. 1 goal is winning a fourth Stanley Cup. We’ve all seen what a motivated Malkin has done in the past. That should make Penguins fans very excited for the coming campaign.

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Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest players in NHL history, with two Stanley Cups, six NHL scoring titles, three MVP awards, two Conn Smythe Trophies, a Calder Trophy, a Masterton Trophy – and an Olympic gold medal for good measure. Now, he’s also established himself as one of the league’s greatest owners. Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle led the Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a nine-year span between 2009 and 2017, giving Mario more Cups as an owner than he won as a player. Lemieux and Burkle organized a group of investors that bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy in 1999. The combination of Lemieux’s hockey acumen and Burkle’s business savvy made them a formidable front office tandem and led to a series of spectacular achievements both on and off the ice. The Penguins, during that time, have become one of the premier franchises 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. That includes qualifying for the playoffs for 12 straight seasons – the longest current streak in the NHL – and reaching the Cup Final four times and the conference finals five times in the past 11 years. The Penguins entered the 2018-19 season having sold out every game for 11-plus seasons while setting high standards for television ratings, corporate sales and social media. Lemieux and Burkle were driving forces in the quest for a new multi-purpose

arena, which opened in August, 2010. PPG Paints Arena is considered one of the top facilities in North America and has hosted such national events as the 2012, 2015 and 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament opening rounds, the 2012 NHL Draft, the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships and the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. NCAA national championships in wrestling and women’s volleyball will be held here in 2019. Lemieux also helped to launch the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in nearby Cranberry, PA. Now in its fourth year of operation, the practice home of the Penguins is the first facility of its kind to combine hockey with a world-class medical center and sports performance complex. As a player, “Le Magnifique” was a gifted 6-foot-4 centerman who dominated play for parts of three decades. Although he faced a numbing 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 ranked eighth all-time in goals (690) and 10th in assists (1,033). After retiring as a player for the first time 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 December 27, 2000 – becoming the first player-owner of the modern era. He also captained Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002. In addition to his legendary hockey accomplishments, he continues to oversee the Mario Lemieux Foundation, which has raised more than $25 million for charity. More information is available at mariolemieux.org. Mario and his wife, Nathalie, have raised four children and reside in Sewickley. 33


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Ron Burkle, one of the preeminent investors in retail, hospitality, technology and distribution industries, is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion as co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Burkle teamed with Mario Lemieux to buy the team out of bankruptcy in September, 1999, and together they have become one of the outstanding ownership duos in professional sports, winning three Cups from 2009-17. Among Burkle’s many significant contributions to the Penguins was his essential role in negotiations for a new arena. PPG Paints Arena is considered one of the finest indoor facilities in North America and has attracted many national-level events to Pittsburgh, including NCAA basketball and hockey. But he also helped create a winning mindset for the Penguins organization both on and off the ice. Although Burkle prefers to operate quietly and behind the scenes, Lemieux praises his immense role in the team’s success. “Ron is one of the main reasons we still have hockey in Pittsburgh,” Lemieux told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If I was not able to buy the Penguins and have Ron as our top investor, I don’t think the Penguins would be here today. He’s a great guy and a very smart businessman. He loves Pittsburgh, he loves the Penguins. I think people should know that.” Under the leadership of Lemieux and Burkle, the Penguins have sold out every game for 11-plus seasons and consistently ranked among the most fan-friendly and community-minded teams in the NHL and all of pro sports.

The Penguins have earned 12 straight playoff berths and reached the conference finals five times in the past 11 years, in addition to the three Cups. The team’s solid foundation of ownership has enabled hockey management to spend to the salary cap, sign many of the team’s core players to long-term contracts and put a competitive team on the ice year after year. Burkle founded the Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Americold, Soho House, 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 member of the Board of The Scripps Research Institute, the National Urban League and Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. He is a trustee of the Carter Center, and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Ron was the Founder and Chairman of the Ralphs/ 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, incuding 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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April 2007. He was given the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer just as the team’s new arena was opening in August, 2010. Under his leadership, the Penguins have reshaped their strategic vision with an emphasis on branding, fan relations, community interaction, corporate outreach and cutting-edge technology, while maintaining a high level of performance on the ice. A strong commitment to fan outreach includes 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. Morehouse also was a driving force behind the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which opened in August, 2015. It is the first facility to combine hockey with a world-class medical center and sports performance complex. Morehouse joined the Penguins 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. 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 is a native of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beechview.

In 11 seasons as a senior executive with the Penguins, David Morehouse has seen the team win three Stanley Cups, make the Cup Finals four times and reach the conference finals five times. Though his expertise is on the team’s business side – especially branding and marketing – Morehouse’s greatest achievement has been creating a corporate culture that has driven the Penguins to consistent excellence both on and off the ice. “It’s no coincidence that we’ve enjoyed this kind of success with David Morehouse as our key senior executive,” said co-owner Ron Burkle. “We’ve obviously made a lot of great acquisitions on the player side, but one of the best acquisitions we’ve ever made was David himself.” The Penguins have become one of the NHL’s strongest business entities during Morehouse’s tenure – selling out every game for 11-plus seasons, setting new standards for television ratings and corporate sales and increasing their focus on innovative youth marketing. The Penguins again led all U.S.-based NHL teams in local television ratings in 2017-18. Morehouse joined the team as a consultant on the new arena project in 2004 and was named team president in 36


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Three-time Stanley Cup champion Jim Rutherford is in his fifth season as the executive vice president and general manager of Penguins. Highly-regarded by his peers as one of the top executives in the NHL, Rutherford’s tenure with the Penguins has included back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and ’17, four playoff appearances and the third-most wins (regular season and playoffs) among all NHL clubs in that span entering the 2018-19 campaign. Pittsburgh’s six-game defeat of the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final not only made the Penguins the NHL’s first repeat champion since 1998, but it allowed Rutherford to become just the seventh GM since the 1967 NHL Expansion to win three Stanley Cups. One year earlier, Rutherford became the first GM since ‘67 to manage multiple teams to Cup victories, having also done so with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. During the course of the 2015-16 campaign, Rutherford transformed the Penguins into Stanley Cup champions, thanks in large part to his acquisitions of Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley and Carl Hagelin, plus the promotion of Mike Sullivan to head coach in December of 2015. As a reward for his quick, on-the-fly reshaping of the Penguins’ roster, Rutherford won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award for his work in ’15-16. Pittsburgh’s roster didn’t require as much tinkering in 2016-17, but Rutherford once again added key pieces at the right time,

including bolstering his defense by trading for veteran Ron Hainsey near the deadline. Hainsey earned top-pair minutes in the absence of Kris Letang. Rutherford spent 20 years as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise from 1994-2014, where he was a key architect of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup championship squad and their 2002 Stanley Cup finalist team. In addition to his general manager duties, he also served 20 years as president of Carolina/Hartford, taking the post in 1994. In his role as president/GM, Rutherford oversaw operations on both the hockey and business sides of the organization. Over the course of his executive career, Rutherford has won multiple awards, including The Hockey News‘ Executive of the Year in 2002 and ’06. Additionally, he was voted by his NHL general management peers as Sporting News ‘Executive of the Year’ in 2006. At the junior hockey level, Rutherford was recognized as the 1987 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Executive of the Year, and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Executive of the Year in back-to-back years with the Windsor Spitfires in 1987 and ’88. He oversaw a Spitfires team that won the OHL championship in 1988 and earned a berth in the Memorial Cup. Rutherford played 13 years as a goaltender in the NHL, appearing in 457 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Toronto, Los Angeles and Detroit. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (10th overall) of the 1969 NHL Draft.

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ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Bill Guerin is in his fifth season as assistant general manager of the Penguins. One of Guerin’s primary roles is serving as the general manager of the Penguins’ minor-league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins. During his first season in charge of WBS in 2017-18, Guerin helped the team improve its consecutive playoff streak to 16-straight years, the longest active run in the AHL. A two-time Stanley Cup champion as assistant GM of the Penguins (2016 and ’17), Guerin was Pittsburgh’s player development coach from 2011-14, where he was instrumental in helping develop

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the Penguins’ minor league, junior and college prospects. Originally drafted by New Jersey in the first round (5th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft, Guerin won two Stanley Cups (Pittsburgh, 2009; New Jersey, 1995) and spent 18 seasons in the NHL — including his final two with the Penguins. Guerin’s leadership and on-ice performance after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline was integral during Pittsburgh’s ’09 title run. Guerin, a four-time NHL All-Star, tallied 429 career goals and 856 points in 1,263 career NHL games, including five 30-goal and two 40-goal seasons. He was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

KARMANOS

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Karmanos spent 15 years as an executive with Carolina from 1998-2013, serving various roles including vice president/ assistant general manager under Jim Rutherford. In addition to winning a Cup in 2006, Karmanos helped build the Hurricanes squad that was a Cup finalist in 2002. Karmanos played four years of college hockey at Harvard University from 1992-96, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. In 1994, Karmanos represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships. After graduating, Karmanos attended training camp with the Penguins in 1996 and played pro hockey for two seasons before his career was cut short due to an eye injury.

Jason Karmanos is in his second season as the Penguins’ assistant general manager after spending his first three seasons as the team’s vice president of hockey operations. As assistant GM, Karmanos continues to be involved in all facets of hockey operations decision-making, and he also oversees the Penguins’ amateur scouting staff. He played a vital role in helping the Penguins swing the complex three-team trade to acquire Derick Brassard on February 23, 2018. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Karmanos helped build the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2006 championship club in addition to his consecutive titles in Pittsburgh in 2016 and ‘17. 41


MIKE

S U LLIVAN HEAD COACH

Mike Sullivan begins his fourth season as head coach of the Penguins. His first three years produced back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and ’17 and a team-record-tying nine-straight playoff series victories. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Sullivan is already arguably the mostsuccessful coach in club history. Not only is he the only two-time Stanley Cup winner to coach the Penguins, but his nine playoff series victories are a team record, his 38 postseason wins are second-most and his 130 regular-season victories are fourth-most. By winning the Stanley Cup in his first two years behind the Penguins bench, Sullivan became the first American-born coach in NHL history to win multiple Cups, and he joined the legendary Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens as the only coaches to win the championship in each of their first two seasons with a team. Despite the burden of being the defending champs, Sullivan’s club finished the 2016-17 regular season with 50 wins and 111 points — the latter the second-most in the history of the franchise — good enough for the secondbest record in the entire league. Sullivan led the Penguins to one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in franchise history during his first year as head coach in 2015-16, a journey that resulted in a Stanley Cup victory against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016. Adhering to Sullivan’s advice to ‘Just Play’, the Penguins ended the regular season with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and fourth-best

mark in the league, in large part because of a 14-2 run to conclude the regular season. By leading the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth Cup, Sullivan became just the sixth American-born head coach to win the Stanley Cup. Prior to being promoted to Pittsburgh, Sullivan spent the first two-plus months of the 2015-16 season as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his 23-game tenure in WBS, his club went 18-5, which was good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division. A native of Marshfield, MA, Sullivan began his coaching career in 2002-03, starting the season as head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins before joining the NHL’s Bruins as an assistant coach late in the year. He was promoted to head coach of the NHL Bruins at age 35 in 2003-04, winning a Northeast Division crown in the first of his two years at the helm. In addition to his professional coaching experience, Sullivan has coached the United States three times internationally, including the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when he was an assistant coach. He was the head coach at the 2007 World Championship and an assistant coach at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy. Sullivan’s 11-year NHL career began with the expansion San Jose Sharks in 1991-92 and included stops in Calgary, Boston and Arizona. Sullivan played four years of collegiate hockey at Boston University from 1986-90, serving as the Terriers captain as a senior. Sullivan represented the U.S. as a player at the 1988 World Junior Championship. 43


SERGEI

GONCHAR ASSISTANT COACH

Sergei Gonchar enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Penguins, where he and Jacques Martin work closely with the team’s defensemen. Since moving in a coaching role, which began with a two-year stint as the Penguins’ defenseman development coach from 2015-17, Gonchar earned plenty of praise for his work developing young blueliners. Justin Schultz and Jamie Oleksiak are two defensemen whose game has progressed the most under Gonchar’s tutelage.

One of the top power-play quarterbacks of his era, Gonchar produced 811 career points in 20 NHL seasons, the most of any Russian-born defenseman. He ranks in the top-20 all-time among NHL defensemen in both games played and points. During his five-year run in Pittsburgh from 2005-10, Gonchar tallied 259 points (54G-205A). Gonchar is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, winning all three titles with Pittsburgh. He was an alternate captain on the Penguins’ ’09 team, and an executive in 2016 and ’17. Gonchar also helped the Penguins advance to the Cup Final in 2008.

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ASSISTANT COACH

Jacques Martin enters his fourth season as a Penguins’ assistant coach in 2018-19. He is in charge of the Penguins’ penalty killing unit and he works closely with Sergei Gonchar presiding over the team’s defensemen. Martin led a defensive group that overcame numerous injury woes, including the season-ending loss of Kris Letang, to help the Penguins capture a secondstraight Stanley Cup in 2017, the second championship of Martin’s lengthy NHL career. Martin has over 25 years of NHL experience as a general manager, head

coach and assistant coach with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Ottawa, Colorado/Quebec, Chicago and St. Louis. He won 613 games and made 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons as an NHL head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s ‘most outstanding coach’ with Ottawa in 1999 and was a finalist for the award on three other occasions. Martin won gold medals as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He was also an assistant coach on the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team.

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Mark Recchi is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Penguins. He works closely with the team’s forwards and the power-play unit. As the Penguins’ player development coach from 2014-17, Recchi worked with Pittsburgh’s prospects throughout the organization from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the junior and college ranks. Two of the players Recchi worked with at WBS, Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney, played huge roles in Pittsburgh’s 2017 Stanley Cup championship run.

Recchi enjoyed a 22-year NHL playing career that began with the Penguins in 1988-89 and wrapped up with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11. In that span, Recchi accumulated 577 goals and 1,533 points in 1,652 contests, numbers that earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017. A seven-time NHL All-Star, Recchi won three Stanley Cup championships as a player: 1991 with Pittsburgh; 2006 as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes; and 2011 with Boston. He added his name to the Cup two more times as a Penguins executive in 2016 and ’17.

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GOALTENDING COACH

Mike Buckley is in his second season as the Penguins goaltending coach after spending the previous four seasons as Pittsburgh’s goaltending development coach. Buckley played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championship runs, serving as an eye in the sky and traveling with the club both years. His finest work thus far has been guiding the development of Matt Murray from top prospect to the first goalie in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup-clinching game twice as a rookie. Before Murray became a star at the NHL level, Buckley worked with him as a

first-year pro in 2014-15, when Murray was the AHL’s Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. In Buckley’s four seasons as goaltending development coach, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins finished with the lowest goals-against average in the league three times. Following a four-year college career at UMass-Amherst that ended in 2000, Buckley played five seasons of professional hockey from 2000-05, including parts of three campaigns with the Mississippi Sea Wolves and Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.

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Travis Williams is in his 11th season as a senior executive with the Penguins, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer and overseeing day-to-day business and arena operations. In addition, Williams serves as the Penguins’ point man on the development of the former Civic Arena site and oversaw the construction of the much-acclaimed UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. Williams joined the Penguins in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs/General Counsel. One of his first responsibilities was to guide the construction and development of the team’s new arena – bringing the project to completion on time and under budget for the start of the 2010-11 season. He now

serves as the team’s liaison with building manager AEG Facilities, working closely with AEG on all arena-related events, including major concerts and national-level sporting events. 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 sportsrelated businesses. A native of Indianapolis, he graduated from Penn State University and received a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University, summa cum laude. While at Duquesne, he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review and the Duquesne Business Law Journal.

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Terry Kalna is in his fourth season as senior vice president of sales and broadcasting following an 18-year career in motorsports management. Kalna, a native of Greensburg, oversees corporate sales, partnership activation, ticket sales and premium sales in addition to the Penguins Radio Network. He is also the primary contact with AT&T SportsNet, the Penguins’ local television rightsholder. Kalna spent the previous eight years as managing director of International Speedway Corporation, a sister company to

NASCAR that operates 13 racetracks across the country — including Daytona, Talladega, Darlington and Richmond. Kalna also has deep connections to hockey. He has been a member of USA Hockey’s Marketing Council since 2011 and recently earned his USA Hockey Level 5 coaching certification. He played youth hockey in Greensburg and for the Amateur Penguins before moving on to prep school hockey at Tabor Academy and Cranbrook Kingswood School. He graduated from Hobart College in 1998 with degrees in economics and history. 48


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This season marks the fifth school year of the Pittsburgh Penguins Future Goals-Hockey Scholar program! Since 2014, students across the Pittsburgh area have participated in the program to explore STEM topics such as rate and ratios, states of matter, force and energy, and even various STEM careers all through the sport of hockey!

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30%

26%

25%

of students are MORE able to identify applications of STEM in their world

of students are MORE interested in taking more STEM courses

of students are MORE interested in pursuing a career in STEM

“

HOCKEY SCHOLAR is a digital

Students are very engaged by the Hockey Scholar program. It helps students learn scientific principles in a new light and really gets them thinking about how STEM is a part of everything we do in our lives. Students get inspired when they start realizing STEM even applies to sports that they already love.

resource that provides students with an opportunity to understand abstract science and math concepts by connecting them with hockey. The course immerses students in problem solving situations involving engineering, math and science. This program is available at no-cost to all local schools thanks to the partnership between the NHL, the NHLPA and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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ROSTER

AND

H EADS H OTS

2

1

3

4

CASEY

CHAD

OLLI

JUSTIN

POS: G HT: 6-0 WT: 181

POS: D HT: 5-11 WT: 191

POS: D HT: 6-2 WT: 206

POS: D HT: 6-2 WT: 193

RUHWEDEL

DESMITH

5

MAATTA

6

SCHULTZ

8

7

ZACH

JAMIE

MATT

BRIAN

POS: D HT: 6-3 WT: 217

POS: D HT: 6-7 WT: 255

POS: C HT: 6-1 WT: 202

POS: D HT: 6-4 WT: 207

TROTMAN

OLEKSIAK

12

DUMOULIN

CULLEN

15

17

19

DOMINIK

RILEY

BRYAN

DERICK

POS: LW HT: 5-11 WT: 190

POS: C HT: 6-3 WT: 214

POS: RW HT: 5-11 WT: 192

POS: C HT: 6-1 WT: 202

SIMON

SHEAHAN

30

RUST

35

BRASSARD

38

39

MATT

TRISTAN

DEREK

JEAN-SEBASTIEN

POS: G HT: 6-4 WT: 178

POS: G HT: 6-2 WT: 194

POS: C HT: 6-3 WT: 215

POS: C HT: 5-11 WT: 175

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JARRY

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50 JUSSO

KRIS

POS: D HT: 6-0 WT: 189

POS: D HT: 6-0 WT: 201

LETANG

RIIKOLA

59

62

71

72

JAKE

CARL

EVGENI

PATRIC

POS: LW HT: 5-11 WT: 180

POS: LW HT: 5-11 WT: 186

POS: C HT: 6-3 WT: 195

POS: RW HT: 5-11 WT: 189

GUENTZEL

HAGELIN

MALKIN

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HORNQVIST

81

87

JACK

PHIL

SIDNEY

POS: D HT: 6-1 WT: 227

POS: RW HT: 6-0 WT: 202

POS: C HT: 5-11 WT: 200

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NOTES lost over the summer were center

The defending Stanley Cup champions opened their season last

Jay Beagle and backup goaltender

night at home against Boston and

Philipp Grubauer, and coach Barry Trotz

will have five days off after this game

left to coach the Islanders. Former

before beginning a stretch of three

Penguins’ assistant coach Todd Reirden

games in four nights with a home game

is the new Capitals’ head coach. . .

against Vegas on Oct. 10. . . Washington

Pheonix Copley was expected to be

plays five of its first seven games at

Washington’s backup goaltender behind

home. . . The only regulars the Capitals

Braden Holtby this season. 69


ROSTER

WA S H I N GTO N C A P ITA LS AS OF 09.25.18

FORWARDS #

PLAYER

DEFENSEMEN HT

WT

#

PLAYER

HT

WT

6-0

203

8

Alex Ovechkin

6-3

235

2

Matt Niskanen

10

Brett Connolly

6-3

195

6

Michal Kempny

6-0

194

13

Jakub Vrana

6-0

197

9

Dmitry Orlov

6-0

212

21

Lucas Johansen

6-1

175

22

Madison Bowey

6-2

209

27

Alexander Alexeyev

6-4

197

14

Michael Sgarbossa

6-0

185

15

Jayson Megna

6-1

194

17

Sergei Shumakov

6-0

196

18

Chandler Stephenson

6-0

203

19

Nicklas Backstrom

6-1

210

29

Christian Djoos

6-0

180

207

34

Jonas Siegenthaler

6-3

230

20

Lars Eller

6-2

24

Riley Barber

6-0

194

36

Connor Hobbs

6-1

187

25

Devante Smith-Pelly

6-0

215

38

Colby Williams

6-0

200

26

Nic Dowd

6-2

196

42

Martin Fehervary

6-2

188

40

Garrett Pilon

5-10

175

6-2

217

Tom Wilson

6-4

217

44

Brooks Orpik

43 45

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby

6-2

191

46

Tobias Geisser

6-5

206

47

Beck Malenstyn

6-1

190

53

Alex Kannok-Leipert

6-0

197

5-10

187

6-3

218

49

Maximilian Kammerer

6-1

173

55

Aaron Ness

50

Mathias Bau

6-7

238

74

John Carlson

51

Kristian Marthinsen

6-0

189

78

Tyler Lewington

6-1

189

54

Mason Mitchell

6-2

209

84

Kristofers Bindulis

6-3

181

58

Eric Florchuk

6-2

174

61

Juuso Ikonen

5-8

172

63

Shane Gersich

5-11

174

64

Brian Pinho

6-1

195

65

Andre Burakovsky

6-3

G O A LT E N D E R S #

PLAYER

HT

WT

201

1

Pheonix Copley

6-4

196

67

Riley Sutter

6-3

202

30

Ilya Samsonov

6-2

205

68

Grant Besse

5-10

174

33

Parker Milner

6-1

183

71

Kody Clark

6-2

174

35

Logan Thompson

6-4

171

72

Travis Boyd

5-10

185

41

Vitek Vanecek

6-1

190

76

Hampus Gustafsson

6-4

205

77

T.J. Oshie

6-0

195

70

Braden Holtby

6-2

211

79

Nathan Walker

5-9

186

80

Adam Morrison

6-3

170

87

Liam O’Brien

6-1

205

92

Evgeny Kuznetsov

6-2

204

93

Mark Simpson

6-5

192

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P E N G U I N S P L AYE R

B I R T H D AY S JULY

SEPTEMBER

Justin Schultz

July 6, 1990

Brian Dumoulin

Sept. 6, 1991

Evgeni Malkin

July 31, 1986

Derick Brassard

Sept. 22, 1987

OCTOBER

AUGUST Sidney Crosby

Aug. 7, 1987

Phil Kessel

Oct. 2, 1987

Dominik Simon

Aug. 8, 1994

Jake Guentzel

Oct. 6, 1994

Zachary Aston-Reese

Aug. 10, 1994

Casey DeSmith

Aug. 13, 1991

Olli Maatta

Aug. 22, 1994

Carl Hagelin

Aug. 23, 1988

Zach Trotman

Aug. 26, 1990

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Whether it’s listening in on coach

“All-access television is part of our

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to the dog park with Matt Murray,

and president of the Penguins. “We love

filming a mic’d up Jake Guentzel score

giving our fans exclusive behind-the-

four goals in a single playoff game, or

scenes looks at our players, coaches and

traveling to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia,

special events, and it dates back to our

with Sidney Crosby as he trains for the

experience with HBO’s 24/7 at the 2011

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great support from Jim Rutherford, Mike

Pittsburgh Penguins.

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FAVORITES

COLOR

MOVIE

APP

She’s the Man

Instagram

FOOD

WORKOUT

Steak and Pasta

HIIT/Pilates

Blue

ICE CREW HIGHLIGHT

Walking in the Stanley Cup parade two years in a row!

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D YJ U NLK A N ER YEARS ON THE TEAM

HOMETOWN

Pittsburgh, PA OCCUPATION

TEAM

Operations Coordinator

FAVORITES MOVIE

The Shawshank Redemption

COLOR

Red

(unless we’re playing Washington)

APP

Spotify

FOOD

SONG

Anything with Buffalo Chicken

Don’t Look Back - Boston

ICE CREW HIGHLIGHT

Being part of back to back Stanley Cup parades.

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SYSTE M AS OF 09.24.18

FORWARDS

GP

G

A

Calen Addison/Lethbridge (WHL)

2

1

0

PTS PIM +/- PPG SHG GW S 1

2

-1

1

0

0

6

Justin Almeida/Moose Jaw (WHL)

2

1

2

3

0

-2

-

-

-

3

Jordy Bellerive/Lethbridge (WHL)

2

1

1

2

4

+1

1

0

0

12

Jan Drozg/Shawinigan (QMJHL)

2

0

2

2

0

-1

0

0

0

8

3

1

1

2

0

+1

0

0

1

5

1

0

0

0

2

E

-

-

-

_

GP

G

A

2

0

1

1

0

-1

0

0

0

8

5

1

1

2

0

+4

-

-

-

-

GP

W

L

T

Patrick Ehelechner/Sinupret (GER)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Alex D'Orio/Saint John (QMJHL)

2

1

0

1

121

9

0

Alexander Pechurskiy/Magnitogorsk(KHL)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Kasper Bjorkqvist/Providence (HE)

Liam Gorman/St. Sebastien's Filip Hallander/Timra (SHL) Nikita Pavlychev/Penn State (BigTen) Dominik Uher/Fischtown (DEL)

DEFENSEMEN Niclas Almari/HPK(SM-Liiga)

PTS PIM +/- PPG SHG GW S

Ryan Jones/Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC) Zach Lauzon/Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Antti Palojarvi/Lukko (SM-Liiga Jr) Clayton Phillips/Minnesota (Big Ten) Will Reilly/RPI (ECAC)

GOALTENDERS

81

MIN GA

SO

GAA SV% -

-

4.45 0.878 -

-


WBS PENGUINS

S C H E DU LE Oct. 6 Oct. 11 Oct. 13 Oct. 17 Oct. 19 Oct. 20 Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Nov. 2 Nov. 3 Nov. 4 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 28 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 12 Dec. 15 Dec. 16 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 26 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Dec. 31 Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Jan. 11 Jan. 12

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Springfield at Cleveland at Cleveland Hershey at Lehigh Valley Lehigh Valley Hershey at Hershey Hartford Hartford at Bridgeport at Providence at Hartford at Providence at Springfield Charlotte Charlotte at Springfield Hershey Providence at Hershey at Rochester at Toronto Cleveland Bridgeport at Hershey at Springfield Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport Bridgeport at Hershey at Syracuse Lehigh Valley Hershey at Lehigh Valley at Binghamton Grand Rapids Milwaukee at Charlotte at Charlotte

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GAME

NOTES BY BOB GROVE

THE SERIES

VS WA S H I N GTO N C A P ITA LS Capitals on the road in 1975 (4-2), at home in 1986 (5-4), on the road in 1988 (6-4) and 1990 (7-4) and at home in 2016 (3-2 SO). These opening games have also produced some memorable performances, as Randy Cunneyworth had a hat trick in the 1986 victory and Kevin Stevens set an NHL record for points on opening night by going 2-4-6 in the 1990 win. . . The Penguins are 108-92-5 with 16 ties all-time against Washington, including a record of 6-4-0 in their last 10 regular season games

Tonight the Penguins open their 2018-19 season against the team that ended their season just five months ago, the Washington Capitals. The Capitals’ six-game Eastern Conference Second Round series win over the Penguins was just their second playoff win over Pittsburgh in 11 all-time series. . . The Penguins are 5-0-0 in season openers played against Washington, beating the 85

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opponent for Pittsburgh’s home opener,

against the Capitals. . . Pittsburgh has won 16 of its last 25 regular season games against Washington and nine of its last 13 regular season home games against the Capitals. . . The Penguins have won each of the last four regular season games between the teams that was decided after regulation; the last such Washington came here on Oct. 13, 2011 (3-2 OT). . . While the teams split their four-game series least season, there was a noticeable difference in their special teams. The Penguins went 6-for-19 on the power play (31.5%) while the Capitals went 2-for-18 (11.1%). . . The Penguins are 4-0-0 all-time when the Capitals are the

the victories coming in 1975 (7-5), 1986 (5-4), 1988 (8-7) and 2016 (3-2 SO), with Mario Lemieux collecting a hat trick in the 1988 win. . . The teams will meet in Washington on Nov. 7 and Dec. 19 before finishing the season series here on Mar. 12. . . Alexander Ovechkin has been held without a goal in five of his last six regular season games here. . . Evgeni Malkin has points in five of his last six regular season games against the Capitals (6G–4A), while Sidney Crosby has multiple points in three of his last four regular season home games against the Capitals (1G–7A).

THE PENGUINS Pittsburgh is 7-3-2

openers. . . The Penguins host Montreal on Saturday and Vegas one week from tonight before playing their first road game of the season at Montreal on Oct. 13. . . Pittsburgh plays four games in the opening 12 days of the season; it had six games in the first 11 days of the 2017-18 season. . . The last two times the Penguins played their first game against the team that had eliminated them in the previous season’s playoffs, they lost both games (0-5 @ NY Rangers, Nov. 11, 2014 and 0-3 vs. NY Rangers, Feb. 10, 2016). . . Forward Matt Cullen, signed as a free agent in July for his second stint with the Penguins, is the NHL’s oldest active player at 41 years and 336 days. He is set to become the oldest player in Penguins’ history

in its last 12 home openers and 6-2-1 in its last nine season

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JACK JOHNSON time early in training camp. . . Daniel Sprong, who turned 21 last March, was expected to be the youngest player on the Penguins’ season-opening roster. Sprong, the Penguins’ second-round draft pick in 2015, had two goals and three points in eight NHL games last season.

(42 years, 89 days), surpassing Tim Horton, when he plays on or after Jan. 30, when the Penguins host Tampa Bay. Cullen will become the oldest player to score a goal for Pittsburgh when he gets his first goal this season; that mark is currently held by Gary Roberts, who was 41 years and 321 days old when he scored vs. Ottawa on Apr. 9, 2008 in the playoffs. . . Defenseman Jack Johnson was expected to make his Penguins debut tonight after signing as a free agent in July from Columbus. . . Pittsburgh concluded its six-game preseason schedule last Friday night at Columbus and thus has had five days to prepare for this game. . . The Penguins are 18-2-1 in their last 21 regular season home games, with one of those three losses coming to the Capitals Apr. 1 (1-3). . . Riley Sheahan (lower body) and Derick Brassard (illness) both missed

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03.16.19

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P E N G U I N S F O U N DATI O N

AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO H I G H S C H O O L G R A D UATE S Program Includes All Pittsburgh Public Schools and Allegheny County

On Aug. 7, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins Foundation honored the 18 high school graduates who received 2018 Penguins Foundation Scholarships. In partnership with UPMC, and with the strong support of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), the Penguins Foundation awarded 18 educational-

Department of Education — Division

based scholarships in 2018. Over the

of Food and Nutrition.

past five years, the Foundation has

Each scholarship is valued at

awarded a total of 98 scholarships.

$1,500 for the student’s first year of

To be eligible, students must

college, and an additional $1,000 is

attend a Pittsburgh Public School

awarded for the student’s second

or an Allegheny County high school that provides substantial aid to

year of college if a 3.0 GPA is

students for reduced-cost or free

maintained and a minimum of 24

lunch programs per the National

credit hours are earned. The scholarship was created

School Lunch Program (NSLP), which is administered by the Pennsylvania

in 1992 and has been presented

$262,000 THE AMOUNT THE PENGUINS’ ORGANIZATION HAS AWARDED

OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS IN ACADEMICALLY-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS TO PITTSBURGH-AREA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES.

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annually to high school seniors for

The Pittsburgh Penguins,

academic excellence, extracurricular

the Penguins Foundation and

school activities and community

UPMC celebrated the honorees achievements at the late summer

service. Over the past 26 years, the

luncheon with the scholars,

Penguins’ organization has awarded

their family members, officials

over $262,000 in academically-based

from their high schools, AIU3

scholarships to Pittsburgh-area high

officials and Pittsburgh Public

school graduates.

Schools representatives.

THE PENGUINS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2018 ARE AS FOLLOWS: STUDENT

HIGH SCHOOL

COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY

CAPA

Slippery Rock University

McKeesport Area

Temple University

Leanne Boody

Penn Hills

University of Pittsburgh

Renee Cebula

Highlands

Chatham University

Olivia Cindrich

Carlynton

Lebanon Valley College

Taylor Allderdice

University of Pittsburgh

Cera Dickerson

Highlands

Penn State University (main)

Jennifer Gustafson

Highlands

Penn State University

Kathleen Hanchett

Woodland Hills

Gannon University

Timothy P. Hoolahan

Penn Hills

Community College of Allegheny County

Alyssa Lucas

Penn Hills

Kent State University

Marissa Matts

Brashear

St. Vincent College

Brogan McCutcheon

Springdale

Grove City College

Victoria Ruth Oberst

Northgate

Waynesburg University

South Allegheny

Penn State University

West Mifflin

Daemen College

Obama Academy

Robert Morris University

CAPA

University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Andrews Jessica Lynn Bereksazi

Halley Cook

Sara Pribanic Kayleigh Proud Chandler Maria Searcy Giovanna Varlotta

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K EY DATE S (SUBJECT TO CHANGE – AS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2018)

OCTOBER 2018

17-24 Hockey Week Across America 23 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers

6 2018 NHL Global Series™ 22 NHL Alumni Awards Gala

(Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.)

NOVEMBER 2018

25 2019 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)

1-30 Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month 1-2 2018 NHL Global Series™ 9 Hockey Hall of Fame Game 12 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 13 NHL General Managers’ Meeting 23 2018 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown™ 26 NHL Founders Day (1917)

MARCH 2019 4-6 NHL General Managers’ Meeting 29-31 NCAA Regionals

APRIL 2019 6 Last day of 2018-19 regular season (15 games)

10 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin 11-13 NCAA Frozen Four Week of 15th NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings release 18-28 IIHF Under-18 World Championship TBA 2019 NHL Draft Lottery

DECEMBER 2018 1 Signing deadline for Group 2 free agents (5 p.m. ET) 12 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction 19 101st Anniversary of League’s first games played 19-27 Holiday roster freeze in effect 24-26 Holiday break

MAY 2019

(no scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed)

10-26 IIHF World Championship 17-26 2019 CHL Memorial Cup 27-June 1 2019 NHL Scouting Combine

26-Jan. 5 IIHF World Junior Championship

JANUARY 2019 JUNE 2019

1 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® 8 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Week of 21st NHL Central Scouting Mid-Season Rankings release 23 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 24-27 NHL All-Star Break (no games played) 24-26 No scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed 25 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ 26 2019 NHL All-Star Game 27-28 2019 AHL All-Star Classic 28 NHL regular season resumes

15 Last possible day for 2019 Stanley Cup Final TBA 2019 NHL Awards™ (Las Vegas, Nev.) 20 NHL General Managers’ Meeting 21-22 2019 NHL Draft™ (Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.)

JULY 2019 1 Free agency begins (12 p.m. ET) 5 Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET) 6 Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET) 20-Aug. 4 Salary arbitration hearings held

FEBRUARY 2019 AUGUST 2019

9 Hockey Day in Canada 9 19th Annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

6 Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered

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I N F O R M ATI O N ATM Machines

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.

For the convenience of our fans, ATMs are available in the arena: KeyBank - 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

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 the arena, the designated driver will receive a coupon redeemable for a complimentary soft drink during the game.

Banners and Signs Banners and signs are permitted for most events, providing they are appropriate, as deemed by building management.

Emergency Evacuation In the event of an emergency, the arena 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.

Cameras Cameras are permitted into the arena for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games and most events. If allowed, 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

First Aid There are two (2) First Aid Stations presented by UPMC, one on each level of the arena. First Aid is located adjacent to the Guest Services office outside section 104 and behind the concession stand at section 232. 99

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Lost and Found

Smoking Policy

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.

Smoking is not permitted inside the arena.

TAG-A-KID In the event a parent and child might be separated at an arena 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.

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.

Video Cameras Use of video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. The arena 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 the arena. Please see an arena employee to assist with wheelchair transportation.

Questions For general questions, please call 412.642.1800.

Re-Entry Policy Exit and re-entry is not permitted at the arena.

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. 100


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N H LÂŽ F A N C O D E O F

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. NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. Š NHL 2018. All Rights Reserved.

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PENGUINS

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017

CHAMPIONSHIPS STANLEY CUP

1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017

PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY

1993

5

1

PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY

1991, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017

DIVISION TITLES

1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013, 2014

6

8

NHL AWARD WINNERS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY

Mario Lemieux

1991, 1992

2

Evgeni Malkin

2009

1

Sidney Crosby

2016, 2017

2

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ray Shero

2013

1

Jim Rutherford

2016

1

Mario Lemieux

1988, 1993, 1996

3

Jaromir Jagr

1999

1

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2013

2

Evgeni Malkin

2012

1

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY

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Mario Lemieux

1985

1

Evgeni Malkin

2007

1

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NHL AWARD WINNERS CONTINUED TED LINDSAY/LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD

Mario Lemieux

1986, 1988, 1993, 1996

4

Jaromir Jagr

1999, 2000

2

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2013, 2014

3

Evgeni Malkin

2012

1

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY

Ron Francis

1995

1

JAMES NORRIS TROPHY

Randy Carlyle

1981

1

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY

2007 2010, 2017

1981

1

Ron Francis

1995, 1998

2

NHL PLUS/MINUS AWARD

MAURICE “ROCKET” RICHARD TROPHY

Sidney Crosby

Rick Kehoe

2

Mario Lemieux

1993

1

Ron Francis

1995

1

Pascal Dupuis

2013

1

JACK ADAMS AWARD

ART ROSS TROPHY

Dan Bylsma

Mario Lemieux

1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997

6

Jaromir Jagr

1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

5

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2014

2

Evgeni Malkin

2009, 2012

2

2011

1

BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY

Lowell MacDonald

1973

1

Mario Lemieux

1993

1

2012

MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

Sidney Crosby

2010

1

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O FFIC IALS ON AND OFF-ICE

REFEREES

LINESMEN

Anderson, Reid*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Blandina, Brandon* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Brenk, Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Charron, Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chmielewski, Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dunning, Mitch*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dwyer, Gord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Furlatt, Eric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Halkidis, Beaudry*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hanson, Trevor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Hebert, Ghislain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Hebert, Jean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joannette, Marc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kozari, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Lambert, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 L’Ecuyer, Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Lee, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Luxmore, Thomas John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 MacDougall, Peter* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Markovic, Michael* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 McCauley, Wes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 McIsaac, Jon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Meier, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Morton, Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Nicholson, Kendrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 O’Donnell, Conor* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 O’Halloran, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 O’Rourke, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Peel, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pochmara, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Pollock, Kevin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Rank, Garrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rehman, Kyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rooney, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Schlenker, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Skilliter, Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 South, Furman* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Schrader, Brandon*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 St-Laurent, Francois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 St. Pierre, Justin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sutherland, Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Syvret, Corey* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Walsh, Ian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Watson, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

NHL OFF-ICE OFFICIALS

Alphonso, Shandor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Amell, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Baker, Tyson* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Barton, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Berg, Devin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Brisebois, David. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Cameron, Lonnie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cherrey, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cormier, Michel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Daisy, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Devorski, Greg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Driscoll, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Galloway, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Gawryletz, Brandon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Gawryletz, Travis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Gibbons, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Gibbs, Darren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Knorr, Trent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Kovachik, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Mach, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 MacPherson, Matt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Marquis, Jesse*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Miller, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Mills, Bevan* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Murchison, Kiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Murphy, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Murray, Jonny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Nagy, Kory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Nansen, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Nowak, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Pancich, Bryan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Racicot, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Rody, Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Sericolo, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Smith, Andrew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Shewchyk, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Suchanek, Libor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Tobias, James* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 * Minor league officials

Dan Aubele Read Connolly Danielle DiBacco Jim Duss Joe Ferraro Todd Gally

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Bob Moretti Leo Rudzki Keith Schreiber Phil Spano Eugene Susi Dan Wagner

Jim Weaver Jeff Stuart Andy Tumas Dennis Lohr


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MIKE

LANGE

PENGUINS RADIO NETWORK PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER

One of the most unique broadcasters in professional sports, Mike Lange is calling games in his 44th 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 playby-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, CA, 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 16th 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 Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. 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 WPXITV’s coverage of Penguins hockey. 113


JOSH

GETZOFF

RADIO BROADCAST HOST AND PENSTV HOST

Josh Getzoff is in his fourth season as a radio broadcast host and PensTV host with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He joins the Penguins after spending the previous two years as the sports director for FOX Champaign in Champaign, IL. While in Champaign, Getzoff covered the University of Illinois and Big Ten athletics, local high school athletics, and various professional teams in the region. In June of 2015, he was named the Television

Sportscaster of the Year by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. In addition to his time in Illinois, Getzoff has also worked as a sports anchor/reporter at WENY-TV and radio update anchor at 1410 WELM ESPN Radio in Elmira, NY, and served as a member of the on-site production team during NBC’s coverage of Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in Ithaca, NY.


ICEBURGH

C A L L S T H E P E N A LT I E S

SPEARING

SLASHING

ROUGHING

Using the stick like a spear

Swinging the stick at an opponent

Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving

ELBOWING

KNEEING

HOOKING

Using the elbow to impede an opponent

Using the knee to impede an opponent

Using the stick or blade to hook an opponent

BOARDING

HOLDING

TRIPPING

Driving the opponent into the boards

Using hands on an opponent or his equipment

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

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CHARGING

HIGH STICKING

MISCONDUCT

Taking three or more strides before checking an opponent

Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent

Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike conduct

WASHOUT

ICING

CROSS CHECKING

Disallowing of a goal when signaled by a referee. No offside or icing when used by a linesman

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

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

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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

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P E N G U I N S STA F F

D I R E CTO RY OWNERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pittsburgh Penguins LP

EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS Co-owner/Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mario Lemieux Co-owner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Burkle CEO/President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Morehouse Executive Vice President and General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Rutherford COO/General Counsel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Travis Williams Senior Vice President, Sales and Broadcasting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Kalna Senior Vice President, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Hart Vice President, Communications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom McMillan Senior Vice President, Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Santilli Vice President, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chad Slencak Director, Events and Hospitality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kat Smerdel Executive Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Carper, Nicole Schaaf, Molly Trunzo Coordinator, Shipping and Receiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brett Hart Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Hart

KEVIN HART

Senior Vice President, Finance

TOM MCMILLAN

Vice President, Communications

HOCKEY OPERATIONS Assistant General Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Guerin, Jason Karmanos Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Sullivan Assistant Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin, Mark Recchi Goaltending Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Buckley Video Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy Saucier Director, Player Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Young Player Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Kostopoulos Goaltending Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andy Chiodo Skills Development Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ty Hennes Director, Team Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Britt Director of Hockey Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Ventura Manager Hockey Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Heasley Executive Assistant to EVP/GM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michele Colaianni

JAMES SANTILLI

Senior Vice President, Marketing

CHAD SLENCAK

SCOUTS

Vice President, Ticketing

Director, Professional Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Clancey Professional Scouts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan Bowness, Al Santilli Director of Amateur Scouting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrik Allvin Amateur Scouts . . . . . . . . Colin Alexander, Brian Fitzgerald, Luc Gauthier, Frank Golden, Jay Heinbuck, Jamie Huffman, Dan McLean, Wayne Meier, Reine Rauhala, Casey Torres, Warren Young European Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petri Pakaslanti, Tommy Westlund Special Assignment Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gilles Meloche, Kevin Stevens

DAVE SOLTESZ President, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

EQUIPMENT/TRAINING STAFF Head Equipment Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Heinze Assistant Equipment Managers. . . . . . . . . . . . Paul DeFazio, Danny Kroll, Jon Taglianetti Head Athletic Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Stewart Director of Sports Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Curtis Bell Assistant Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Steidle Head Team Physician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, M.D. Assistant Team Physician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Melissa McLane, D.O. Director, Sport Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy O’Brien Strength and Conditioning Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Trinca Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexi Pianosi

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COMMUNICATIONS

PARTNERSHIP SALES/MARKETING

Sr. Director, Communications. . . . . Jennifer Bullano Ridgley

Sr. Director, Partnership Sales and Media . . . . . Mark Turley

Director, Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Seidling

Sr. Director, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Ross Miller

Executive Producer, Penguins Radio. . . . . Wayne Anderson

Sr. Director, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Tipton

Radio Broadcasters . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Bourque, Mike Lange

Sr. Manager, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brett Baur

Radio Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Getzoff

Manager, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darryle Bajomo

Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Steigerwald

Director, Partnership Operations . . . . . . . . . . . Lori Wineland

NEW MEDIA

Sr. Managers, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . Devin Beahm, Paige Hancher, Erin Lockwood, Jim Meyer

Director, Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Kasan

Manager, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . . . . Matt Dentinger

Manager, Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Crechiolo

Liaison, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pierre Larouche

Director, New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andi Perelman

FINANCE

Coordinators, New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jonathan Kabana, Jamie Louden, Evan Schall

Director, Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark R. Kuczinski Sr. Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Troy Ussack

MARKETING

Financial Analyst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Bacon

Sr. Director, Creative Services and Publications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barb Pilarski

Payroll Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrea Winschel Accounts Payable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tawni Love

Sr. Director, Digital Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . Leo McCafferty

TICKETING

Manager, Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Halley Manager, Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Scheponik

Sr. Director, Premium Seating . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Magness

Graphic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jen Navari

Sr. Director, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Murphy

Director, Fan Development and Special Events. . Jill Shipley

Managers, Premium Seating . . . . . .Kyle Lux, Jon Seelnacht

Manager, Fan Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Spencer

Manager, Premium Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Ivery

Manager, Youth Hockey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Chiasson

Managers, Group Sales . . . . . . . .Mike Zatchey, Ashley Smith

Local Manager, Learn to Play Program . . . . Rocky Saganiuk

Manager, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Rudy

TECHNOLOGY

Sr. Ticket Sales Account Executives . . . . . . . George Birman, Jeff Blizman, Bonnie Golinski

Systems Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Henry

Ticket Sales Account Executive. . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Fischer

Junior Systems Administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Lange, Justin Mellor, Alex Navarette

Inside Sales Representatives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Devine, Dani McSweeney

Manager, CRM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Walczak

Managers, Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Gabany Manager, Box Office Operations . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Onufer

GAME ENTERTAINMENT AND PRODUCTION

Box Office Assistant Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kirsten Burkes Director, Customer Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Davis

Sr. Director, Production and Game Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rod Murray

Customer Service Representative. . . . . . . . . . Holly Bandish

Director, Event Presentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Wareham

Sr. Director, Database Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Exley

Director, Production Operations. . . . . . . . . . .Mike Davenport

Manager, Database Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Gardner

Producers, In The Room . . . . . . . Andrew McIntyre, Jon Otte

PENGUINS FOUNDATION

Producer, PensTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Cottington Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meghan McManimon

President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Soltesz

Manager, Motion Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aaron Spiegel

Director, Foundation Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Susko Manager, Foundation Programs . . . . . . . . . . Abbey Braddock

Producers, Motion Graphics Design . . . . . . . . . .Dave Distilli, Ethan Mansberger

Program Coordinators . . . . .Madison Connelly, Darya Snozik

Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celina Pompeani

Director, Community/Alumni Relations. . . . . . . Cindy Himes

Public Address Announcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Mill

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After 12 seasons in the NHL, Jack Johnson has yet to win a Stanley Cup and wants that coveted trophy more than anything. So on July 1, the veteran defenseman signed a five-year contact with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the franchise that has won two of the NHL’s last three championships. “It just seemed like a perfect fit in every which way,” he said. “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be here. My wife and I say it checks all the boxes for us – great place to bring the family, great opportunity for hockey. I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better opportunity here. It’s always great to come into a team that has high expectations. That’s what you want, that’s what any athlete wants coming into a team. “I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better opportunity here.” Johnson, whose deal has an annual average value of $3.25 million, comes to the Penguins after spending the last five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Throughout his tenure with the Jackets, Johnson served as an alternate captain, including this past year.

JACK JOHNSON Johnson anchored the Jackets’ blueline and was critical in establishing Columbus as a perennial postseason contender. During the 2014 First Round series against the Penguins, Johnson led Columbus with seven points (3G-4A) in the six-game series. In his 23 career playoff games with the Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings, Johnson recorded 21 points on five goals and 16 assists. The Penguins want to involve their blue line into the offense, an area where Johnson excels. And they feel that Johnson will bring more balance, something general manager Jim Rutherford felt was lacking last season. 139

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The team views Johnson as a good puck-moving defenseman who has a lot of poise, and with a frame of 6-foot-1 and 227 pounds, he brings plenty of physical prowess as well. “I think they’re going to want me to join the offense as much as I can,” Johnson said. “That’s just kind of how the league is. It’s always suited more of my style of play. I’ve always been a guy that wants to skate and go.” Johnson is a versatile player, as the left-handed shot can play either side and both special teams. He isn’t concerned about who his partner will be, as the 31-year-old is mature and seasoned enough to complement anyone while still showcasing his individual strengths.   “I try not to let anything change my game,” Johnson said. “I think you go into it thinking you have to change your game, but I think you just learn tendencies and stuff like that. You learn

each other’s tendencies and that’s how you kind of grow together as a pair.” Johnson was originally drafted by Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes with the third-overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft, two picks after the Penguins chose Sidney Crosby first overall. But the pair’s friendship dates back to their time at boarding school and hockey powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota. During the 2002-03 season, Crosby and Johnson led their team to the 2003 USA Hockey Tier I AAA U18 Midget National Championship. “For a while I never imagined we’d be playing together again,” Johnson said. “I figured I’d see him in playoffs or international games and that was about it. We’d catch each other in the hallway or after games. It’s been great. I’ve leaned on him a lot since I’ve gotten here.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 145

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“He seems like an awesome guy,

Whether it’s advice on where to get a haircut, eat sushi or just getting

always smiling,” Murray said. “That’s

acquainted with the city, Crosby has

the exact kind of guy you want on your

extended his support to Johnson and

team, so I’m super excited to work with

his family. And while Crosby has enjoyed

him, personally. We’re very lucky to have

reconnecting with his old friend, the

him on our team.” Johnson selected No. 73 after joining

captain isn’t satisfied with last season’s result and is eager to continue excelling

the Penguins. He combined his former

this season with the help of new

numbers of No. 3 (worn in Los Angeles)

additions like Johnson.

and No. 7 (worn in Columbus), both of which were already taken by new

“Jim is always trying to find ways to

teammates Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen.

improve us,” Crosby said. “It’s always

“To be honest, I just thought No. 73

good to bring in new guys. I think guys

looked better than No. 37,” Johnson said.

that are just excited to be here and

The Johnson family is settling in.

bring that energy. That — combined with

And slowly but surely, Pittsburgh is

youth — helps a lot.” For Penguins goalie Matt Murray, the

beginning to feel like home. Johnson is

addition of a defenseman like Johnson

thrilled for his newest chapter and the

is encouraging to have in front of him.

future that awaits as a Penguin.

There’s a lot of established guys here that have been leaders on this team for a long time. I’m not looking to compete on any of that. I’m just coming in to be myself, be part of the group, fit in with the guys and help the team win. JACK JOHNSON

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The roster changes from month to month and from season to season, by design and out of necessity. But the way Sullivan wants his Penguins to play never waivers, and hasn’t since he was named the head coach on Dec. 12, 2015. He’s broken that down often since, including back on May 3 after the 3-1 victory in Game 4 that evened last season’s Washington series at two games apiece. “When you look at our team, we’re wired for offense,” Sullivan explained. “When you look at the core players that we have, they’re playmakers, goalscorers, guys that want to play with the puck, that want to make plays.

When they were last seen in action, who the Penguins are was on full display in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Capitals. Their ability to lock down a game by becoming a hard team to score against was evident in Game 4, as it had been with regularity while the Penguins had been in the process of capturing backto-back Stanley Cup championships the previous two seasons. And their vulnerability on those occasions when they succumbed to temptation and became too much of a high-risk team was likewise apparent in Game 6 of that Capitals series, the one that ultimately denied Mike Sullivan’s team a chance at a three-peat. 153

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“I know this coaching staff never wants to take the stick out of our team’s hands because we think that’s what separates our team from others.” Days later the Penguins tried to make a play that either wasn’t there or wasn’t executed. And a turnover in the neutral zone led to the breakaway goal in overtime that ended Game 6 and the Penguins’ season. “It’s a discipline or a diligence to make sure that we don’t force plays at the wrong areas of the rink or at the wrong time of the game that puts our team in difficult situations,” Sullivan maintained again last spring. “We’ve shown a lot of discipline. When we play well, we make good decisions. When we tend to get away from that, that’s usually the root of the issue.” They begin again in 2018-19 trying once again to play on the right side of that fine line. They’ll start by following the lead of captain Sidney Crosby. “I just think he’s the best player in the game,” Sullivan has often observed. “He plays his best when the stakes

“When you get into a playoff environment, sometimes there’s no ice to play on. Sometimes, it’s hard to make a play. And if you force something in the wrong area of the rink that’s not there, then you potentially feed [the opponent’s] transition game and you put your team in a vulnerable position. It’s the discipline of recognizing when the opportunity is there, when we have numbers, when we have speed, when we have ice.

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It’s that ability to recognize what’s required and to consistently deliver the right play at the right time that, among other things, perhaps personifies what Sullivan envisions from his Penguins. “If we need a center to take a faceoff and defend a one-goal game when it’s a 6-on-5 situation, he’s the guy,” Sullivan said. “If we need a goal and there’s a face-off in the offensive zone, he’s the guy. That’s the player that he is for us. I think that’s what separates him form every other player in the game.

are high. He plays at both ends of the rink. We rely on him to defend as much as we rely on him to score goals and create offense, and he’s really good at both. He’s done it since I’ve been his coach, that’s been my experience with him. “I just have so much respect for the type of person that he is, the type of player that he is, the care factor he has for the team and winning. He always elevates his game, whatever our team needs.”

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