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12.20.10 • GAME 18 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS. PHOENIX COYOTES


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PENGUINS VS. COYOTES GAME 18

IN THIS ISSUE Penguins vs. Coyotes . . . . . . . . . . . 2 NHL Standings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 League Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Around the NHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Front Office Bios . . . . . . . . . . . 10-16

TONIGHT’S SCORE

2010.11 Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . Our New Home

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Staff Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Gam e No te s. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Trib Total Media All-Time Team . . . . . .

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Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network. . . . .

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Community Update . . . . . . . . . . .

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StarKist Shootout . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Winter Classic Community Ice Rink at Stage AE Public Skating Sessions. . . . . .

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Prospect Profile: Ryan Craig . . . . . . . .

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Seating Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Concessions Guide . . . . . . . . . . .

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PensGear Winter Classic Apparel. . . . . .

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Penguins Headshots. . . . . . . . . . .

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Penguins By the Numbers . . . . . . . .

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Team Rosters

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Coyotes By the Numbers . . . . . . . . .

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Coyotes Headshots . . . . . . . . . . .

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Penguins Game Vault . . . . . . . . . .

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Ice Crew Presented by Highmark . . . . . .

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2010.11 Critical Dates . . . . . . . . . .

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2010.11 Promotional Items . . . . . . . .

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2010.11 WB/S Penguins Schedule . . . . .

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2010.11 Wheeling Nailers Schedule

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NCAA on Display . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Iceburgh Calls the Penalties . . . . . . . . 107 On-Ice Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Pens Profile: Max Talbot . . . . . . . . . 113 Players Brave the Cold for Power Play Street Hockey . . . . . . . . . 1 2 0 Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation . . . . . . 125 Winter Classic History . . . . . . . . . . 127 pittsburghpenguins.com . . . . . . . . . 129 PensGear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

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Jeffrey’s AHL Success Translates at NHL Level 137

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Frozen in Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Upcoming Opponents . . . . . . . . . . 144

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PENGUINS VS. COYOTES 2010-11 Record: 14-8-6; Fifth place, Pacific Division, 18th overall 2010 Playoff Record: Lost to Detroit, 4-3 in WCQF 2010-11 Top Scorer: Ray Whitney (26gp, 4-16-20) All-time scorer vs. Pittsburgh: Dale Hawerchuk (27gp, 18-31-31) All-time Pittsburgh scorer vs. Phoenix: Mario Lemieux (26gp, 19-34-53) General Manager: Don Maloney Assistant General Manager: Brad Treliving Head Coach: Dave Tippett Associate Coach: Ulf Samuelsson Assistant Coach: Dave King Assistant Coach: Doug Sulliman Goaltending Coach: Sean Burke

Longest Phoenix win streak vs. Pittsburgh: 6, Jan. 12, 2000-Mar. 4, 2003 Longest Pittsburgh win streak vs. Phoenix: 9, Oct. 10, 1979-Dec. 2, 1981 Longest Phoenix undefeated streak vs. Pittsburgh: 6, Jan. 12, 2000-Mar. 4, 2003 (6-0-0) Longest Pittsburgh undefeated streak vs. Phoenix: 9, Oct. 10, 1979-Dec. 2, 1981 (9-0-0) Last Phoenix win at home: Oct. 30, 2008 (4-1) (0-0-1 since last win) Last Pittsburgh win at home: Dec. 3, 2007 (3-1) (0-1-0 since last win) Last Phoenix win at Pittsburgh: Oct. 7, 2009 (3-0) (0-0-0 since last win) Last Pittsburgh win at Phoenix: Nov. 6, 2010 (4-3 SO) (0-0-0 since last win) Most goals by Phoenix vs. Pittsburgh: 7, Jan. 20, 1989 (Phx, 7-3); Jan. 21, 1985 (Phx, 7-6) Most goals by Pittsburgh vs. Phoenix: 9, Mar. 5, 1996 (Pgh, 9-4); Dec. 18, 1990 (Pgh, 9-2) Most goals by both teams: 12, Mar. 5, 1996 (Pgh, 9-4); Jan. 21, 1985 (Phx, 7-6) Last Phoenix shutout vs. Pittsburgh: Oct. 7, 2009 (3-0) – Ilya Bryzgalov Last Pittsburgh shutout vs. Phoenix: Feb. 16, 1996 (1-0) – Tom Barrasso Last Phoenix hat trick vs. Pittsburgh: Jan. 21, 1985 – Dale Hawerchuk Last Pittsburgh hat trick vs. Phoenix: Mar. 5, 1996 – Petr Nedved (4) Last Pittsburgh trade with Phoenix: Feb. 27, 2007 – Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh for Daniel Carcillo and a third-round selection in the 2008 Entry Draft Overtime record vs. Pittsburgh: 3-3-2

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NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS ATLANTIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

PHILADELPHIA

32

20

7

5

45

108

78

11-5-2

9-2-3

6-1-3

PITTSBURGH

32

21

9

2

44

103

74

10-5-1

11-4-1

9-1-0

NY RANGERS

32

18

13

1

37

96

83

7-8-1

11-5-0

6-4-0

NEW JERSEY

29

8

19

2

18

53

88

4-7-2

4-12-0

3-7-0

NY ISLANDERS

28

5

18

5

15

59

98

3-7-2

2-11-3

1-7-2

NORTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

MONTREAL

30

18

10

2

38

78

61

11-4-2

7-6-0

5-4-1

BOSTON

28

16

8

4

36

81

56

7-5-3

9-3-1

5-3-2

OTTAWA

32

13

16

3

29

71

96

8-8-2

5-8-1

3-5-2

TORONTO

30

12

14

4

28

69

87

8-6-3

4-8-1

4-5-1

BUFFALO

30

12

14

4

28

78

84

6-9-1

6-5-3

5-4-1

SOUTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

WASHINGTON

32

18

11

3

39

98

92

12-4-2

6-7-1

4-5-1

ATLANTA

31

17

11

3

37

99

91

9-6-1

8-5-2

8-2-0

TAMPA BAY

30

16

10

4

36

94

106

7-2-2

9-8-2

5-3-2

CAROLINA

28

12

12

4

28

78

87

6-5-1

6-7-3

3-3-4

FLORIDA

28

13

15

0

26

71

72

6-5-0

7-10-0

4-6-0

CENTRAL

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

DETROIT

29

19

7

3

41

96

78

11-4-2

8-3-1

6-3-1

NASHVILLE

29

15

8

6

36

76

70

7-1-5

8-7-1

6-1-3

CHICAGO

32

16

13

3

35

101

96

8-8-0

8-5-3

6-3-1

COLUMBUS

29

16

11

2

34

76

79

8-7-1

8-4-1

3-5-2

ST. LOUIS

28

14

9

5

33

72

75

9-2-2

5-7-3

4-4-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

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NORTHWEST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

VANCOUVER

28

16

8

4

36

91

74

9-3-2

7-5-2

6-3-1

COLORADO

30

16

10

4

36

108

95

8-4-1

8-6-3

4-3-3

MINNESOTA

29

13

12

4

30

71

86

7-6-2

6-6-2

3-5-2

CALGARY

31

13

15

3

29

84

91

8-6-0

5-9-3

5-4-1

EDMONTON

30

11

14

5

27

78

105

5-8-2

6-6-3

6-3-1

PACIFIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

DALLAS

30

18

10

2

38

86

82

11-3-1

7-7-1

7-2-1

ANAHEIM

33

16

13

4

36

87

98

11-6-1

5-7-3

6-3-1

LOS ANGELES

28

17

10

1

35

78

65

11-2-1

6-8-0

5-4-1

SAN JOSE

30

15

10

5

35

90

87

8-4-3

7-6-2

5-4-1

PHOENIX

28

14

8

6

34

81

77

6-4-4

8-4-2

6-3-1


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NHL LEAGUE LEADERS POINTS RNK NAME

GP

G

A PTS

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

32

26

27

53

15

25

123

21.1

8

8

1

2

Steven Stamkos, TB

30

24

20

44

8

24

114

21.1

11

10

0

0

3

Martin St. Louis, TB

30

11

26

37

2

8

104

10.6

1

17

0

0

Alex Ovechkin, WAS

32

12

24

36

8

25

140

8.6

2

12

0

0

Daniel Sedin, VAN

28

16

20

36

7

12

82

19.5

8

7

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

4

0

GOALS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Sidney Crosby, PIT

32

26

27

53

15

25

123

21.1

8

8

1

2

Steven Stamkos, TB

30

24

20

44

8

24

114

21.1

11

10

0

0 0

3

Alexander Semin, WAS

32

18

15

33

7

43

107

16.8

6

7

1

0

4

Rick Nash, CBJ

28

17

8

25

-1

10

112

15.2

3

3

0

0

Patrick Sharp, CHI

31

17

14

31

-8

10

134

12.7

5

8

2

1

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

ASSISTS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Henrik Sedin, VAN

28

5

30

35

6

14

56

8.9

2

10

0

0

2

Sidney Crosby, PIT

32

26

27

53

15

25

123

21.1

8

8

1

0

3

Martin St. Louis, TB

30

11

26

37

2

8

104

10.6

1

17

0

0

4

Pavel Datsyuk, DET

29

11

25

36

9

11

71

15.5

2

7

1

0

5

Alex Ovechkin, WAS

32

12

24

36

8

25

140

8.6

2

12

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

POWER PLAY GOALS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Steven Stamkos, TB

30

24

20

44

8

24

114

21.1

11

10

0

0

2

Daniel Sedin, VAN

28

16

20

36

7

12

82

19.5

8

7

0

0

Sidney Crosby, PIT

32

26

27

53

15

25

123

21.1

8

8

1

0

4

Ryan Malone, TB

30

9

15

24

-11

30

96

9.4

7

7

0

0

Jonathan Toews, CHI

32

13

15

28

2

10

102

12.7

7

8

0

0

GP

G

+/- PIM SOG

SPCT

PLUS/MINUS RNK NAME

A PTS

PPG PPA SHG SHA

1

Andrej Meszaros, PHI

31

1

10

11

19

8

48

2.1

0

1

0

2

Rostislav Klesla, CBJ

29

1

6

7

18

12

25

4.0

0

0

0

0

Sean O’Donnell, PHI

32

0

6

6

18

30

13

0.0

0

0

0

0

Toni Lydman, ANA

29

2

9

11

18

12

48

4.2

0

1

0

0

Nathan Horton, BOS

28

11

12

23

17

27

67

16.4

3

1

0

0

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The Anaheim Ducks rewarded head coach Randy Carlyle for a 16-13-4 start to the 2010-11 season by giving him a one-year contract extension on Dec. 14. Carlyle, who has the Ducks sitting in second place in the Pacific Division, two points behind first-place Dallas, led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007. Under Carlyle’s tutelage the Ducks have won 34 postseason games, third-most since the lockout behind Randy Carlyle Detroit (48) and the Penguins (38). “Randy has done a terrific job for us over the last six seasons,” Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray said. “His record speaks for itself and we are pleased to have him leading our club going forward.”

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QUITE THE DEBUT Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Linus Omark made quite the debut when he starred during the Oilers’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 10. The 5-foot-9 Swede recorded his first NHL point — an assist — in regulation, then scored a spectacular shootoutclinching goal to cap his evening. In the shootout, Omark, 23, picked up the puck at center Linus Omark ice and promptly did a 360 spin as he skated over the blue line. When he got between the circles, Omark faked a slap shot to get Lightning netminder Dan Ellis out of position, before tossing the rubber between his legs for the game-winner. Omark joins fellow freshmen Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi in what is shaping up to be one of the best collections of rookies on one team in recent memory.

While we all wait with great anticipation for the Penguins and Washington Capitals to do battle in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day, the NCAA played a little outdoor hockey of their own on Dec. 11 when the University of Michigan played host to its archrival, Michigan State University, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. A world-hockey record crowd of 113,411 packed Michigan Stadium the ‘Big House’ to watch the Wolverines pound the Spartans, 5-0, in a contest billed as the “Big Chill in the Big House.” “It was a big risk when they undertook this,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. “You never knew if fans would support it, what the weather would be like or what the game would be like. But everything turned out all right and couldn’t be better.”

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RON BURKLE Ron Burkle has now added a new arena — Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center — to his tremendous list of accomplishments in the business world. Burkle, widely recognized as one of the preeminent investors in retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, is in his 12th season as co-owner of the Penguins. Among Burkle’s many significant contributions to the Penguins was his role in negotiations for the new arena deal. Burkle founded the Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Alliance Entertainment, Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Food4Less. Ron is co-chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA and is broadly involved in the community. He is a trustee of the Carter Center, the National Urban League and the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. He has received numerous awards, including the AFL-CIO’s Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Federation Man of the Year and the Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year award.

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


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

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

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


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DAN BYLSMA In just one-plus seasons behind the bench, Dan Bylsma has already become one of the most successful coaches in Penguins’ history. After being promoted to Penguins head coach in February 2009, Bylsma, 40, directed the team to its third Stanley Cup in franchise history — a feat previously accomplished by legendary coaches “Badger” Bob Johnson and Scott Bowman. In the process Bylsma became the 14th rookie head coach, and just the fourth in the past 50 years, to capture the Stanley Cup. Of those 14, only Montreal’s Al MacNeil (1970-71) took over mid-season. Bylsma played nine NHL seasons as a right winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim from 1995-2004. He played 429 NHL regular-season games, recording 19 goals and 62 points, and also played in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final with Anaheim. Bylsma was an assistant coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two seasons from 2006-08 and was named head coach at the start of the 2008-09 season. He went 35-16-1-2 in 54 games with WB/S before being promoted to Pittsburgh. He played four seasons of college hockey at Bowling Green. Dan and his wife, Mary Beth, have one son and reside in the North Hills.

TONY GRANATO Tony Granato, 46, begins his second season on the Penguins’ coaching staff. Granato, among his many responsibilities, works with the Penguins’ forwards and penalty killing units. He oversaw the NHL’s ninth-ranked penalty killing group with an 84.1-percent success rate, and second best on the road at 85.3 percent. Prior to joining the Penguins, Granato spent six seasons behind the bench for the Colorado Avalanche and served two stints as Avalanche head coach from 2002-04 and 2008-09. Granato compiled a 215-104-17-16 record and led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in 2003. Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with the NY Rangers, Los Angeles and San Jose. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming a near career-ending brain injury. In 773 career games, the feisty forward posted 248 goals, 492 points and 1,425 penalty minutes. He appeared in 79 career postseason games and helped lead Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1993. Granato played four years at the University of Wisconsin and was inducted into the Badgers’ Hall of Fame in 2000. Granato also played for the U.S. National team in 1987-88 and represented his country in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. Tony and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four children and reside in the South Hills. For extended bios please visit pittsburghpenguins.com 16


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GAME NOTES Tonight the Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes meet for the second and final time this season. Pittsburgh earned a 4-3 shootout victory in Phoenix on Nov. 6 after falling behind, 2-0, in the first period. Goals by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin tied the game in the second period, and after the Coyotes regained the lead, Chris Kunitz tied it again with a late second-period goal. Mark Letestu won the game by converting his first NHL shootout attempt. . . Eric Belanger and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. . . This is the first time the teams have met twice in one season since 2002-03, when the Coyotes won both games against the Penguins. . . Pittsburgh has won four of the last six games between the teams after losing the previous six games. . . The Penguins killed all four Phoenix power plays in the November game, the first time in seven games the Coyotes had failed to convert a power play chance against the Penguins. . . Phoenix has scored first in three straight games against Pittsburgh Mark Letestu converted his first shootout attempt for the win in Phoenix on Nov. 6. . . . The Penguins have lost three of their last four home games against Phoenix, the only win coming on Dec. 3, 2007 (3-1). In those four games, the Penguins have scored a total of five goals. . . Phoenix beat the Penguins, 3-0, in their last game in Pittsburgh on Oct. 7, 2009 as Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Radim Vrbata scored one goal and set up another. . . Phoenix has scored a power-play goal in five straight road games against the Penguins, going 6-for-23 (26.0 percent). . . The Penguins’ records for fewest shots allowed in a home game and a road game were both set against Phoenix. The Coyotes managed only 11 shots here against the Penguins on Dec. 11, 1999, and they managed just 13 shots at home against the Penguins on Dec. 12, 1998. . . Pittsburgh is 37-26-3-0 all-time against Winnipeg/Phoenix, including 21-11-0-0 at home.

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THE PENGUINS This is the middle game of a three-game homestand for the Penguins, who opened it last Wednesday against the New York Rangers. Outside of the break for the NHL All-Star Game, this is one of just two four-day breaks for the Penguins. The other comes March 16-19. . . Pittsburgh will host Florida on Wednesday night and then travel to Washington on Thursday for its first meeting with the Capitals this season. . . The Penguins had a 12-game winning streak snapped, the second-longest in their history, when they fell 3-2 in Philadelphia last Tuesday. . . The Penguins, of course, hold the NHL record with 17 consecutive victories March 9-April 10, 1993. . . Pittsburgh was also trying to set a team record by winning its eighth straight road game that night in Philadelphia. . . The Penguins had won seven straight home games and were 8-0-1 in their last nine home games before facing the Rangers here last week. . . Sidney Crosby took an 18-game points streak into the game against the Flyers. It was the fourth-longest in team history at that point, surpassed only by his own 19-game streak in 2007-08 and Mario’s two longest streaks, 28 games in 1985-86 and 46 games in 1989-90. . . Evgeni Malkin missed four straight games before returning from injury to score twice against the Flyers on Dec. 14 . . . Marc-Andre Fleury had won a career-high 11 straight games and was 13-0-1 in his last 14 decisions before facing the Flyers. During that 14-game streak, Fleury had a goals-against average of 1.69 and a save percentage of .940. . . Dustin Jeffrey scored one goal and set up another in his first game with the Penguins this season, a 5-2 win at Buffalo on Dec. 11.

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THE COYOTES Phoenix is coached by Dave Tippett, who played for the Penguins during the 1992-93 season, scoring six goals and 25 points. He finished his NHL playing career the following season in Philadelphia. . . The Coyotes had won two of their last three games and three of their last five before starting their current six-game road trip in New Jersey last Tuesday. They played in New York against the Rangers last Thursday and on Long Island Saturday. Phoenix will conclude the trip with games in San Jose on Thursday and Dallas on Sunday. . . This trip begins a 15-game stretch in which Phoenix plays 11 road games. . . Ray Whitney was leading the Coyotes in scoring with 20 points through the team’s first 28 games. No Coyote had more than eight goals prior to their game in New Jersey. . . The Coyotes began the road trip six games over .500 but were fourth in the Pacific Division, two points behind first-place Dallas.

Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett played for the Penguins during the 1992-93 season, recording six goals and 25 points.

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66 MARIO LEMIEUX

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10 RON FRANCIS Center, 1991-98

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Right Wing, 1990-2001

19 JEAN PRONOVOST Right Wing, 1968-78

TOM BARRASSO Goaltender, 1988-2000

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

17 RICK KEHOE

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77 PAUL COFFEY Defense, 1987-92

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30 LES BINKLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAMERAS Cameras are permitted into CONSOL Energy Center for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games and most events. If allowed, CONSOL Energy Center building policy states only small personal still cameras equipped with three (3) inch lens or smaller be brought into the building. Cameras with detachable lenses or flashes are not permitted. Video, audio and professional camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited in the building. continued on page 55

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

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

ALL-STAR DINNER PACKAGE Pre-game event and game tickets for forty to one hundred and sixty guests.

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

Please call for pricing & availability.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT THE PREMIUM SEATING DEPARTMENT:

412.642.PENS premiumseating@pittsburghpenguins.com 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


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For all other non-hockey events, camera policies will vary. Please check the individual event page for further information.

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

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

DOORS OPEN Doors generally open one (1) hour prior to the start of an event at CONSOL Energy Center, including Pittsburgh Penguins games. Please check the individual event page for further information. CONSOL Energy Center has a no re-entry policy; once you leave the building during an event, you will not be permitted to return.

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

ENTRANCES AND EXITS There are four (4) points of entry into CONSOL Energy Center: American Eagle Gate (Fifth Avenue and Washington Place), Trib Total Media

Gate (Centre Avenue Lower Entrance), Verizon Gate (Centre Avenue Upper Entrance), and a private parking garage entrance for suite ticket holders.

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

FOOD AND BEVERAGES No food or beverages of any kind are permitted to be brought into CONSOL Energy Center. Concession stands located throughout the arena sell a wide variety of food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Patrons requesting to bring in outside food or beverage due to health conditions should contact Guest Services in advance at info@consolenergycenter.com. Pennsylvania State Law prohibits the sale of alcohol to all persons under the age of 21. Guests are required to show proper identification and proof of age when purchasing alcoholic beverages.

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

PENSGEAR PensGear, the official team store of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is located in the lobby of CONSOL Energy Center, inside the Trib Total Media Gate. Store hours vary. Please call 412.553.8553 for more information. Refer to page 133 for additional store locations through out CONSOL Energy Center. continued on page 56

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

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

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

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

SMOKING POLICY Smoking is not permitted inside CONSOL Energy Center.

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

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TAG-A-KID In the event a parent and child might be separated at a CONSOL Energy Center event, parents can register their child with the Tag-A-Kid program. A wristband with the parent’s seat location and contact number will be given to the child. Registration is available at the Guest Services office located outside section 104.

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

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

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


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CLUB LOGE BOXES

PNC LEGENDS LEVEL SUITES

UPPER LEVEL SEATING

LOGE BOXES

CLUB SUITES

LOWER LEVEL SEATING

PARTY SUITES

CLUB SEATING

ACCESSIBLE SEATING

A

GARAGE ENTRY

B

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS GATE

C

TRIB TOTAL MEDIA GATE

D

VERIZON GATE

P P P P

PENSGEAR STORES

FIRST NIAGARA ATM

TRIB TOTAL MEDIA GATE

1

TRIB TOTAL MEDIA ALL-TIME TEAM ZONE AND INTERACTIVE STANLEY CUP DISPLAY

2

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS BOX OFFICE AND WILL CALL

LOWER CONCOURSE

3

FIRST NIAGARA CLUB

4

GUEST SERVICES

MEN’S RESTROOMS

UPMC FIRST AID

WOMEN’S RESTROOMS

5

HIGHMARK WALL OF CHAMPIONS AND HIGHMARK KIDS ZONE

FAMILY RESTROOMS

6

CAPTAIN MORGAN CLUB

PNC LEGENDS LEVEL

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LEXUS CLUB

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PNC ATM

UPPER CONCOURSE

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UPMC FIRST AID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING EVENTS BOX OFFICE During the hockey season, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Sundays with the exception of game days. On an event day, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office hours vary. Hours are subject to change as a result of event times, holidays or inclement weather. Please call 412.642.1800 for more information. In the off-season, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays with exception of event days. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office is located inside the Trib Total Media Gate.

UPCOMING EVENTS Harlem Globetrotters December 26, 2010 1:00PM and 6:00PM WWE SmackDown December 27, 2010 • 7:00PM

For ticket information, additional events and times visit consolenergycenter.com.

Your Satisfaction at CONSOL Energy Center is our ultimate goal! Have a question or concern during an event? Text GOAL followed by your location and issue to 69050. Standard message rates may apply.

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Pascal Dupuis 9

Mark Letestu 10

Chris Kunitz 14

Dustin Jeffrey 15

Mike Rupp 17

Chris Conner 18

Matt Cooke 24

Max Talbot 25

Craig Adams 27

Eric Godard 28

Marc-Andre Fleury 29

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Arron Asham 45

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G

A

PTS

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PPG PPA

SHG

SHA

SOG

SPCT

Sidney Crosby

32

26

27

53

15

25

8

Kris Letang

32

5

22

27

17

38

1

8

1

0

123

21.1

7

0

1

86

5.8

Evgeni Malkin

27

10

14

24

-4

14

4

6

0

0

123

8.1

Chris Kunitz

31

8

12

20

10

19

3

1

0

1

56

14.3

Alex Goligoski

32

6

11

17

15

10

3

6

0

0

54

11.1

Pascal Dupuis

31

7

8

Mark Letestu

32

6

8

15

9

24

0

0

1

1

69

10.1

14

E

6

2

2

0

0

67

9.0

Paul Martin

32

3

11

14

8

4

2

5

0

0

38

7.9

Matt Cooke

32

5

8

13

8

42

0

0

2

2

41

12.2

Tyler Kennedy

31

5

8

13

2

20

0

3

0

0

83

6.0

Max Talbot

32

5

4

9

3

21

0

0

1

0

35

14.3

Arron Asham

21

4

4

8

3

25

0

0

0

0

31

12.9

Craig Adams

30

1

6

7

2

22

0

0

1

1

26

3.8

Brooks Orpik

26

1

6

7

10

22

0

0

0

2

21

4.8

Mike Rupp

31

3

4

7

4

56

0

0

0

0

25

12.0

Mike Comrie

16

0

5

5

-4

18

0

2

0

0

21

0.0

Zbynek Michalek

23

0

5

5

-3

8

0

2

0

0

25

0.0

Deryk Engelland

27

2

3

5

-1

69

0

0

0

0

20

10.0

Chris Conner

16

2

2

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

25

8.0

Ben Lovejoy

15

0

3

3

E

22

0

0

0

0

13

0.0

Dustin Jeffrey

2

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

50.0

Eric Tangradi

9

1

1

2

-1

6

0

0

0

0

12

8.3

Andrew Hutchinson

5

0

1

1

-3

6

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

Eric Godard

11

0

1

1

3

33

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

TEAM TOTALS

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276

96

522

23

42

6

8

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10.1

GOALIES

GP

W

L

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

TSA

Marc-Andre Fleury

23

14

7

2.35

556

0.910

1

52

608

6

1

Brent Johnson

10

7

2

2.00

271

0.930

1

20

291

0

1

TOTALS

33

21

9

2.24

827

0.920

2

72

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Player

POS HT

WT

#

Player

1

Brent Johnson

G

6-3

3

Alex Goligoski

4

POS HT

WT

199

24

Matt Cooke

LW

5-11 205

D

5-11 180

25

Max Talbot

C

5-11 190

Zbynek Michalek

D

6-2

210

27

Craig Adams

RW 6-0

5

Deryk Engelland

D

6-2

202

28

Eric Godard

RW 6-4

6

Ben Lovejoy

D

6-2

215

29

Marc-Andre Fleury

G

6-2

180

7

Paul Martin

D

6-1

190

44

Brooks Orpik

D

6-2

219

9

Pascal Dupuis

RW 6-1

205

45

Arron Asham

10

Mark Letestu

C

5-11 195

48

Tyler Kennedy

C

5-11 183

14

Chris Kunitz

LW

6-0

193

58

Kris Letang

D

6-0

201

15

Dustin Jeffrey

C

6-1

205

71

Evgeni Malkin

C

6-3

195

17

Mike Rupp

C

6-5

230

87

Sidney Crosby

C

5-11 200

18

Chris Conner

RW 5-8

180

197 214

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Player

POS HT

WT

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Player

1

Jason LaBarbera

G

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230

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Lee Stempniak

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Keith Yandle

D

6-1

195

23

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

6

David Schlemko

D

6-1

201

28

Lauri Korpikoski

8

Scottie Upshall

LW

6-0

200

30

11

Martin Hanzal

C

6-6

230

33

12

Paul Bissonnette

LW

6-3

220

13

Ray Whitney

LW

14

Taylor Pyatt

LW

17

Radim Vrbata

18

Sami Lepisto

19

Shane Doan

20

Eric Belanger

POS HT

WT

RW 6-0

201

D

6-2

190

LW

6-1

200

Ilya Bryzgalov

G

6-3

213

Adrian Aucoin

D

6-2

217

38

Vernon Fiddler

C

6-0

202

5-10 180

52

Nolan Yonkman

D

6-6

253

6-3

226

53

Derek Morris

D

6-0

215

RW 6-1

197

55

Ed Jovanovski

D

6-3

221

6-0

195

86

Wojtek Wolski

LW

6-3

215

RW 6-1

230

91

Kyle Turris

C

6-1

185

D

C

5-11 185

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COYOTES BY THE #S PLAYER

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

Ray Whitney

26

4

16

Keith Yandle

28

5

13

Radim Vrbata

28

6

Lee Stempniak

28

Wojtek Wolski

SHG

SHA

SOG

SPCT

20

2

12

1

18

-4

32

2

9

0

0

51

7.8

9

0

1

70

7.1

10

16

4

6

2

3

0

0

92

6.5

8

7

15

5

4

2

1

0

0

72

11.1

26

4

10

14

-3

6

0

1

0

0

46

8.7

Lauri Korpikoski

28

8

6

Eric Belanger

28

4

10

14

8

2

0

0

2

0

36

22.2

14

-1

8

1

2

0

0

41

9.8

Shane Doan

18

4

8

12

-4

25

3

2

0

0

50

8.0

Scottie Upshall

28

8

4

12

1

16

0

0

0

0

70

11.4

Adrian Aucoin

26

0

11

11

8

22

0

1

0

0

34

0.0

Ed Jovanovski

25

4

7

11

7

25

1

1

0

1

44

9.1

Martin Hanzal

22

7

3

10

3

20

3

0

0

0

56

12.5

Taylor Pyatt

28

6

3

9

5

10

1

0

0

0

39

15.4

Kyle Turris

19

4

3

7

-2

2

0

0

0

0

34

11.8

Vernon Fiddler

28

3

4

7

3

23

0

0

0

1

39

7.7

Derek Morris

25

2

3

5

-3

19

1

0

0

1

39

5.1

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

17

0

5

5

3

16

0

1

0

0

21

0.0

David Schlemko

19

0

5

5

E

14

0

2

0

0

19

0.0

Sami Lepisto

17

2

2

4

2

9

0

0

0

0

11

18.2

Petr Prucha

11

0

1

1

E

4

0

0

0

0

10

0.0

Andrew Ebbett

6

1

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

7

14.3

Nolan Yonkman

9

0

1

1

2

8

0

0

0

0

6

0.0

Garrett Stafford

2

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

Paul Bissonnette

12

0

0

0

2

20

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

TEAM TOTALS

28

80 132

212

39

311

17

32

3

4

891

9.0

GOALIES

GP

W

L

GAA

SV

SV%

SO

TGA

TSA

Ilya Bryzgalov

25

12

5

2.54

730

0.920

2

62

792

2

1

5

2

3

3.08

127

0.910

0

12

139

0

0

30

14

8

2.61

857

0.921

2

74

931

2

1

Jason LaBarbera TOTALS

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David Schlemko 6

Scottie Upshall 8

Martin Hanzal 11

Paul Bissonnette 12

Ray Whitney 13

Taylor Pyatt 14

Radim Vrbata 17

Sami Lepisto 18

Shane Doan 19

Eric Belanger 20

Lee Stempniak 22

Oliver Ekman-Larsson 23

Lauri Korpikoski 28

Ilya Bryzgalov 30

Adrian Aucoin 33

Vernon Fiddler 38

Nolan Yonkman 52

Derek Morris 53

Ed Jovanovski 55

Wojtek Wolski 86

Kyle Turris 91

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THE PENGUINS GAME VAULT JANUARY 27, 2007 • PENGUINS 7, COYOTES 2 JOBING.COM ARENA Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has dealt with comparisons to Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League’s all-time scoring leader, since his early teenage years. Gretzky, in fact, helped fuel those comparisons by stating that if a player will every break his scoring records, it will be Crosby. The two met for the first time in the NHL on Jan. 27, 2007 when Crosby’s Penguins visited the Gretzky-led Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Not surprisingly, the ‘Next One’ put on quite the show in front of the ‘Great One’, scoring a highlight-reel goal and adding three assists in a 7-2 Penguins’ rout. The victory, which was Pittsburgh’s third straight during a span where they would win six consecutive, completed a perfect sweep of the team’s first annual ‘Dads’ Trip’. Led by Mark Recchi’s 500th career goal, the Penguins were coming off of a 4-3 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars the previous night. In front of a sellout crowd in Glendale, Crosby and Co. began their assault of Mikael Tellqvist just 24 seconds into the opening period as Crosby and Recchi, who had a goal and three assists as well, teamed together to set up Ryan Malone to give the Penguins the early 1-0 advantage. Phoenix scored two of the game’s next three Sidney Crosby led the Penguins to a 7-2 goals on tallies by Shane Doan and Steven victory over the Coyotes on Jan. 27, 2007. Reinprecht to knot the game at 2-2 midway through the contest. But from that point forward it was all Crosby and the Penguins. Crosby picked up his second assist less than three minutes later when he set up Ryan Whitney’s power-play goal and Jarkko Ruutu added another score later in the frame to put the Penguins ahead, 4-2, entering the third period. Crosby then took center stage from there, firing a backhander over the shoulder of Tellqvist as he fell to the seat of his pants at the 4:48 mark in one of the top goals of the 2006-07 campaign. “I tried to pull the puck in and fell back,” Crosby said. “I just tried to get a shot off. I just tried to stay with it. You can’t go out there and try to do things like that. You just have to react. I was lucky enough to get my stick there.” Ronald Petrovicky and Recchi capped the scoring as Crosby and the Penguins made their dads proud by skating away with a 7-2 shellacking of Gretzky and the Coyotes.

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Opening Day of Rookie Camp

14

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (New York, NY)

17

Opening Day of NHL Training Camps

21

Pre-season schedule begins

28

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

OCTOBER 1

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month

6

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

7

Opening Night — 93rd NHL Regular Season begins

7

NHL Face-Off (Toronto)

7

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

7

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

8

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

8

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

9

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

9

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

9

Stanley Cup Banner Raised — Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

10

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

21

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

28

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

30

Busiest Day in NHL season — 28 teams play

NOVEMBER 6

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

7

Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic

8

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

8-18

2010 Subway Super Series (CHL)

9

NHL General Managers Meeting (Toronto)

11-13

U20 4 Nations Cup

26

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

DECEMBER 1

Signing deadline for Group 2 free agents

6-7

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Palm Beach, FL)

19-27

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JANUARY 1

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

17-19

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

27-31

NHL All-Star Break (no games played)

28

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Raleigh, NC)

29

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

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

FEBRUARY 1

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NHL Regular Season Schedule Resumes

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

18-20

Hockey Weekend Across America (USA Hockey)

20

Hockey Day in America

20

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

28

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

MARCH 14-16

NHL General Managers Meeting (Boca Raton, FL)

APRIL 7-9

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

10

Last day of 2010-11 regular season

13

Stanley Cup Playoffs begin

14-24

IIHF U18 World Championship (Germany)

29-May 15

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

30

2011 RBC Royal Bank Cup (Edgeworth Centre, Camrose, AB)

MAY 20-29

2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup (Hershey Centre, Mississauga, ON)

29-June 4

NHL Combine (Location: TBA)

JUNE 17/18

Last possible day for 2011 Stanley Cup Final

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22

2010 NHL Awards (Las Vegas, Nevada)

24-25

NHL Entry Draft (St. Paul, MN)

JULY 1

Free Agency period begins

5

Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5:00 p.m. ET)

6

Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5:00 p.m. ET)

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Oct. 9 Oct. 12 Oct. 15 Oct. 17 Oct. 22 Oct. 23 Oct. 29 Oct. 30 Nov. 5 Nov. 6 Nov. 7 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 27 Nov. 28 Dec. 1 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 12 Dec. 15 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 26 Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Jan. 1 Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 8 Jan. 14

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Hershey Adirondack Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Hershey Binghamton Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Syracuse Wilkes-Barre Binghamton Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Norfolk Wilkes-Barre Binghamton Albany Wilkes-Barre Rochester Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Binghamton Adirondack Toronto Wilkes-Barre Norfolk Wilkes-Barre Abbotsford Abbotsford Wilkes-Barre Albany Syracuse Hershey Norfolk Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Bridgeport Providence Wilkes-Barre

@ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Charlotte @ Charlotte @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Adirondack @ Hershey @ Rochester @ Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester @ Wilkes-Barre @ Worcester @ Albany @ Wilkes-Barre @ Hershey @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Binghamton @ Wilkes-Barre @ Springfield @ Albany @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Norfolk @ Wilkes-Barre @ Albany 1 @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Syracuse @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre 2 @ Wilkes-Barre @ Charlotte @ Charlotte @ Wilkes-Barre @ Wilkes-Barre @ Providence

Jan. 15 Jan. 16 Jan. 19 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. 23 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Feb. 5 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 26 Feb. 27 Mar. 4 Mar. 6 Mar. 8 Mar. 11 Mar. 12 Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Mar. 19 Mar. 20 Mar. 23 Mar. 25 Mar. 26 Mar. 27 Mar. 30 Apr. 1 Apr. 2 Apr. 3 Apr. 8 Apr. 9 Apr. 10

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Oct. 15 7:30

Toledo

@ Wheeling

Jan. 15

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Oct. 16

7:00

Wheeling

@ Toledo

Jan. 18

7:30

Wheeling

Oct. 22

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Jan. 21

7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Oct. 23 7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Jan. 22

7:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Oct. 24 5:00

Trenton

@ Wheeling

Jan 23

4:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Oct. 28 11:00 am Reading

@ Wheeling

Jan 28

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Oct. 29 7:30

Reading

@ Wheeling

Jan. 29

7:30

Trenton

@ Wheeling

Oct. 30

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Jan. 30

5:00

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Nov. 6

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Feb. 2

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Nov. 7

5:00

Elmira

@ Wheeling

Feb. 4

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Reading

@ Wheeling

Feb 5

8:00

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

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

Trenton

@ Wheeling*

Feb 11

7:05

Reading

@ Wheeling*

Nov 14

7:00

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Feb 12

8:05

Toledo

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Nov.18

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Wheeling

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7:00

Wheeling

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Feb 14

Nov. 19 7:30

Wheeling

@ Greenville

Feb. 18 7:30

Reading

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Nov. 21 TBA

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Feb. 19

7:00

Wheeling

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Nov 24 7:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Feb. 20

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Wheeling

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Nov. 27 7:30

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Feb. 23

7:00

Wheeling

@ Toledo

Nov. 28 7:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Feb. 25

7:30

Wheeling

@ Elmira

Dec. 2

7:00

Trenton

Feb 27

5:00

Greenville @ Wheeling

Dec. 3

7:30

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Mar. 2

7:00

Wheeling

Gwinnett

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Mar. 4

7:30

Cincinnati @ Wheeling

Dec. 10 7:30

@ Wheeling

@ Elmira

Dec. 11 7:30

Gwinnett

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Mar. 5

7:00

Wheeling

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Dec. 15 7:30

Wheeling

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Mar. 6

5:00

Wheeling

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Dec. 17 7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Mar. 11 7:30

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Wheeling

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Mar. 12

7:30

Wheeling

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Dec 19

7:35

Reading

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Mar. 13

4:00

Wheeling

@ Kalamazoo

Dec 26

5:00

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Mar. 16 7:00

Toledo

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Dec. 28 7:00

Wheeling

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Mar. 19 7:35

@ Wheeling

Dec. 29 7:00

Wheeling

@ Gwinnett

South Carolina

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Wheeling

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Mar. 20 5:00

Kalamazoo @ Wheeling

Jan. 2

TBA

Wheeling

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Mar. 23

7:30

Wheeling

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Jan. 8

7:30

Reading

@ Wheeling

Mar. 25

7:30

Wheeling

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Jan 9

5:00

Toledo

@ Wheeling

Mar. 26

7:30

Wheeling

@ Florida

Jan. 12

7:00

Wheeling

@ Trenton

Mar. 30

7:00

Wheeling

@ Reading

Jan. 14

7:30

Wheeling

@ Cincinnati

Mar. 31 7:00

Toledo

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Apr. 2

Toledo

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NCAA ON DISPLAY The Robert Morris Colonials enjoyed their first trip to the CONSOL Energy Center so much they’re coming back for an encore visit. Robert Morris will take on Atlantic Hockey Association rival and 2010 Frozen Four participant RIT at 3 p.m. on Dec. 30, the first game in an NCAA-AHL double-header that will also feature the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins taking on the Hershey Bears at 7:30 p.m. The NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic will take place two days later when the Penguins and Capitals collide at Heinz Field. Robert Morris defeated Air Force, 3-2, in its first appearance at CONSOL back on Oct. 17. “It’ll be a great experience to be involved in the Winter Classic,” RMU head coach Derek Schooley said. “Any time you can associate yourself with a high-profile event like that it’s extremely exciting. The Penguins have been tremendous in including us and we’re very thankful for that. “We also have to remember this is a huge league game for us. We can’t get caught up in the festivities. We can enjoy the festivities, hopefully, after we take care of business.” Robert Morris entered last weekend at 10-4-2 overall and leading the AHA at 7-4-2 (16 points). The Colonials were scheduled to entertain Colgate in a two-game, non-conference series at the Island Sports Center. RIT was 8-7-2 overall and second in the AHA at 7-3-1 (15 points) prior to last Friday night’s scheduled AHA game against Canisius. The two teams met at RIT on Oct. 29 (RIT won, 3-2, in overtime). This time the Colonials were hoping to take advantage not just of their home-ice advantage but their home-town advantage. Seven players on Robert Morris’ roster this season are from Western Pennsylvania. “One of our stated goals is to keep the best Pittsburgh kids at home,” Schooley said.

HERE’S A RUNDOWN ON THE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PLAYERS AMID THE ROBERT MORRIS CONTINGENT THAT WILL REPORT TO CONSOL ON DEC. 30: No. 44, Denny Urban, senior defenseman, 5-foot-10, 168 pounds, from Pittsburgh: Through his first 16 games Urban was leading the nation in scoring among defensemen (6+15, 1.31 points

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energy and competes hard. His work ethic and will to win are huge. He has a very high competition level and he plays with a lot of grit and determination.” No. 25, Furman South, junior forward, 6-2, 198, Sewickley: South had seven points (3+4) and a plus 5 rating through 16 games. SCHOOLEY’S TAKE: “He’s really taken on

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the role of energy forward. He has a big shot but he’ll also block any shot that’s thrown at him. That allows him to play a lot of key roles. He uses his energy and his size to his advantage.” No. 22, Brendan Jamison, sophomore defenseman, 6-0, 190, Pittsburgh: One of the defenseman heavily relied upon in killing penalties and one of Robert Morris’ most improved players. One of his two goals (2+1)

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through 16 games was a game-winner. SCHOOLEY’S TAKE: “A very solid stayat-home defenseman who has really made progress from his freshman to his sophomore year. He’s taken big steps and he plays in key defensive situations.” No. 33, Andrew Blazek, sophomore defenseman, 6-1, 180, Pittsburgh: He was converted from spare forward to defense to continued on page 103

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help plug a hole on the blueline at mid-season last season and has taken to his new role. Blazek isn’t a big scorer (1-3-4 after appearing in 14 of RMU’s first 16 games) but he helps jump-start the offense. SCHOOLEY’S TAKE: “Being a newcomer to the position he’s going to hit some speed bumps, but his ability to skate the puck and push it up ice is one of his strengths. He’s taken on the challenge and he’s gotten himself into the lineup

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every day.” No. 7, Colin South, freshman forward, 6-2, 195, Sewickley: Furman’s younger brother had three points (2+1) after appearing in 14 of the Colonials’ first 16 games. SCHOOLEY’S TAKE: “He also has a good shot. As a young player he’s learning his way but he’s doing a good job and he has some upside.” No. 8, Josh Jones, junior defenseman, 6-1, 187, Scenery Hill, PA.: Jones appeared in three of the

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Colonials’ first 16 games. SCHOOLEY’S TAKE: “He’s a great kid, the locker room loves him. And he’s an overall solid

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HOLDING Using hands on an opponent or his equipment.

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

KNEEING Using the knee to impede an opponent.

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

BOARDING Driving the opponent into the boards.

CHARGING Taking three or more strides before checking an opponent.

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

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

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

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For Max Talbot, 2009-10 was a lost season. Limited by groin and shoulder problems, the Penguins’ Stanley Cup hero of 2009 played just 45 games. He scored twice. Talbot skates and hits. That’s his game. It’s tough to skate fast with a bad groin. Difficult to hit hard when you’re nursing a bum shoulder. But Talbot never complained. Never made excuses. Never used the injuries as a crutch. He still won’t. “I don’t like to talk about last year,” Talbot said. “I’m doing good now. Let’s talk about that.” So be it. Talbot came out flying in 2010-11. Talbot had five goals and four assists in his first 31 games while reestablishing the bold, abrasive style that’s made him a fan favorite since the day he first donned a Penguins uniform. Talbot is also a big part of the Penguins’ elite penalty-killing unit. The Penguins’ PK ranked No. 2 in the NHL as of Dec. 12, foiling 88.2 percent of opposition power plays. Most important, Talbot played excellent two-way hockey to help the Max Talbot had five goals and four assists in Penguins put together a winning streak his first 31 games while reestablishing his bold, abrasive playing style. that had reached 12, second-best in club history, as of their 5-2 victory at Buffalo on Dec. 11. “It’s fun,” said Talbot, 26. “It’s a good streak. It’s fun to go out on the rink and play. It’s all about the next game. “We’re playing better and better. It’s a process. You won’t just get success because you want success. You’re going to get success by working, by getting chemistry, by everybody being on the same page. We had new guys coming in. It was tough at times. A little adjustment here and there. “It got better and better. Now, everyone is on the same page. Everyone is willing to sacrifice their body and do the little things that make us successful. It’s a mental thing. If you know you’re going to win, it’s huge.” The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Montreal native feels good. It’s one reason he’s playing well, though Talbot always sports his share of bumps and bruises. “As a hockey player, you’re never really 100 percent healthy,” Talbot said. “But there’s a difference between being 90-95 percent healthy — let’s say you have a charley horse, continued on page 117

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something you can play with — and being 60-65 percent healthy. It’s a huge factor. Right now I’m feeling great. It’s definitely easier for me than last year.” Talbot’s energy is a big part of the Penguins’ very aggressive PK. “You always say the goalie is your best penalty killer, and I think that’s right,” said Talbot. “[Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson] have been making big saves when we need them. You’re a man short. You’re obviously going to give up some quality chances. You just try to cut the chances in half and give them the easiest shot to stop. “Penalty-killing is just trust in each other. We have 4-5 forwards rotating out there. The defensemen have our backs. It’s trusting each other and trusting the system.” The Penguins’ PK pressures the puck quite a bit, and attacks when possible. “That’s when you’re a confident bunch,” said Talbot. “But the first thing is always to kill the penalty. If you achieve that, it’s going to give your team momentum. “But sometimes you’re going to have some chances. You’re going to be able to skate the puck out of your zone and take some shots. Goals on the PK can provide huge momentum. That comes with confidence.” Talbot netted a monstrous short-handed goal Nov. 17 against visiting Vancouver. Talbot and Matt Cooke got two two-onones on the same shift; Talbot converted the second, wrapping around his own rebound for a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-1 victory, the first of the Penguins’ epic streak. Exhausting work, Talbot confirmed, “But when your legs are burning a little bit, you have to have mental strength.” Talbot has never been short on fortitude. He proved that in 2009 amid the pressure of Game Seven at Detroit, scoring twice to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory and the Stanley Cup. But Talbot always looks ahead. Right now Talbot netted a monstrous short-handed his main focus — beyond the next game is the goal Nov. 17 against visiting Vancouver. Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field against the Washington Capitals. Talbot missed the 2008 Winter Classic at Buffalo with an injury. “Everyone is really excited about it,” said Talbot. “You don’t focus on it, because we have so many games to go before that. But it’s going to be something exciting for all of us, and it’s a second chance for me and Fleury. In Buffalo, we both had ankle problems and didn’t have a chance to play. “Playing outside, in front of your fans, 70,000 people at Heinz Field. . . I’m a big Steelers fan, so that’s going to be special. Hopefully the weather is going to be awesome, and the Penguins are going to prevail and win the game.” Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

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PLAYERS BRAVE THE COLD FOR POWER PLAY STREET HOCKEY Over 300 dedicated street hockey players battled through sub-freezing temperatures, snow and ice to compete in the Penguins Power Play Street Hockey Tournament hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Dek hockey Center in Penn Hills Dec. 4-5. The two-day tournament pitted 37 teams broken into six divisions. Youth teams competed for a chance to participate in the Penguins’ “Winter Classic” Street Hockey Tournament to be played at the Brighton Heights Street Hockey Complex on December 27. Though snow and ice had the rinks looking like an ice hockey surface, the players weathered the storm and put on an excellent show for those bold enough to watch the outdoor games. “They’re definitely a hearty bunch,” said tournament director Mark Madden of WXDX-FM. “But playing outside is a look back at the beginnings of the sport. Nobody starts out playing inside. They start out on a tennis court, in their driveway or out on the street.” In the first of the three youth finals, all of which were played Sunday, the first scheduled matchup was between the Team Pittsburgh Sharks and the Penn Hills B team. The Sharks managed to put two goals behind Penn Hills netminder Tyler Fischetti, who moved up a level for this tournament. The Sharks held on to their two-goal lead and kept Penn Hills from scoring, finishing with a 2-0 win. Outstanding Players for the game were Tyler Fischetti and Cal Bertram. The 10-12-year-old final matched the Penn Hills A team against the Team Pittsburgh Knights. Both teams fought hard but, playing in his age group, Fischetti proved too much for the Knights, posting a shutout as Penn Hills A rolled to a 3-0 win.  Fischetti’s blank job again earned him Outstanding Player honors alongside Ray Kemmler of the Knights. In the youngest division, ages 7-9, Penn Hills A played Franklin Regional Street.  In the closest final, Penn Hills managed to edge Franklin Regional by the narrowest of margins, 2-1. Ryan Matthews of Penn Hills and Austin Lapiana of Franklin Regional earned Outstanding Player kudos. Other teams qualifying for the “Winter Classic” street hockey tournament were: DekStar and Penn Hills A in the 13-15 age bracket, Franklin Regional Street and Butler in 10-12, and Justice and the Team Pittsburgh Warriors in 7-9. “It’s snowing just like it did at the Winter Classic,” Fischetti said. “It feels like were playing in the same weather as those guys did.”

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the goal. [His line then] got a huge goal with three minutes left. They got to the offensive zone and had guys in the blue paint. That one sealed the deal for us.” Jeffrey, who anchored the team’s fourth line between Rupp and Craig Adams, was quick to praise his veteran linemates for allowing the unit to combine for five points (2G-3A) in the victory. “Our line played well all night,” Jeffrey said. “Our play all night was to get pucks behind their defense. They like to jump up on the rush. I think we took advantage of that. We kept pucks below the goal line and put pucks to the net.” Getting pucks to the net — and into the net — is something that Jeffrey has done with a lot more regularity the past year and a half. Prior to last season, Penguins management told Jeffrey, who was used as a checking-line center during his rookie campaign in 2008-09, that they wanted to move him to left wing with the hope of watching his game take on more of an offensive flair during his second season. Jeffrey responded to the challenge in a big way, leading WB/S and ranking 11th in the AHL with 71 points (24G-47A) in 77 games. He was rewarded by being named to the AHL Canadian All-Star Team. But as good as his season was statistically, and it ranked among the highest-scoring totals in franchise history, the Penguins still had one more area they wanted to see Jeffrey’s game grow — away from the puck. When Jeffrey, who has since been shifted back to his natural center position, was returned to WB/S for a third season as one of the final training camp cuts in September, he vowed to continue improving in this area. The fact that he was able to do so was paramount to him earning his promotion. “This year he has been significantly better than last year,” Bylsma said. “Last year he was getting the points, but this year his all-around game has been better in every area of the game: work ethic level; penalty kill; power play has been outstanding; five-on-five. … this is a guy we’ve heard a lot of great things about his play away from the puck, leadership, and this is a call-up he’s earned.” While Jeffrey doesn’t know how long this stint will last, he hopes to do all of those little things that will stand out to the coaches and allow the red-hot Penguins to keep adding tallies to the ‘W’ column. “These guys are doing really well here, so you just kind of want to come in and you don’t want to stir the pot too much,” he said. “You just kind of want to play your game and hopefully I’ll help Last season, Dustin Jeffrey led the WB/S the team.” Penguins with 71 points and ranked 11th in the AHL. continued on page 141

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