So, it’s an exciting week for the Penguins.
Yesterday was the awards show, which Malkin brought some nice hardware back to Pittsburgh, the draft is going on tomorrow at the Consol and the 2012-2013 schedule has been released!!Forward Evgeni Malkin has added some rather impressive trophies to the growing collection at the Heinz History Center. He scored a figurative hat trick at the awards show last night when it was announced he won the Ted Lindsay award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson award, is awarded annually to the National Hockey League‘s most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. It has been awarded 40 times to 23 different players since its beginnings in 1971. It is a companion to the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the League’s Most Valuable Player, as judged by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association; also the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross trophy, is awarded to theNational Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season.
Congratulations Malkin, you’ve made Pittsburgh proud!
Draft day. A big day in hockey. Pittsburgh, of course, is involving fans and making it a big to-do.
A Penguins Draft Day Party, free public skating on a synthetic ice rink and a special red-carpet entrance by the top prospects will highlight fan activities when the 2012 NHL Draft comes to Pittsburgh and CONSOL Energy Center on Friday.
The Draft Day Party, presented by 84 Lumber and FedEx Ground, will be held in the South Parking Lot (across Centre Avenue from CONSOL Energy Center) from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Friday. The party will feature barbecue and other food, a beer garden, interactive games, tents with hi-top tables and a big screen. Music will be provided by the band Lovebettie, and the event will be hosted by Abby from 105.9 The X.
The Penguins also will erect a synthetic ice rink in the plaza outside the American Eagle Gate, near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place. Skating is free, and 200 pairs of free rental skates will be available (because the ice is synthetic, fans are asked NOT to bring their own skates). The public skating sessions will be held from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m-6 p.m. on Saturday.
Pittsburgh youth hockey players will play a game on the synthetic rink from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Friday, leading up to the draft.
Really, how much more can fans be involved in this draft day? It’s going to be exciting, full of fun and awesome food. Not to mention we get to see the future Penguins being drafted!! If you have time, stop down and join in the festivities and cheer on your Pens!
The 2012-2013 schedule has finally been released!
Since they play over 80 games, I’m sending you HERE to see who and when they play.
Get excited folks! These are just the first steps to the next season! I am holding out high hopes for this year. Crosby is 100%, Malkin is probably a happy camper, we’re getting new players, possibly getting rid of a few loose ends, hopefully resigning some strong ones and only 3 MONTHS away from regular season!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On a side note, I took the boys to this rinky dink playground down the street from our house…they were NICE to each other. They had fun being sweaty, smelly boys!