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Penguins to honor military heroes

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:08 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Penguins to honor military heroes
PITTSBURGH -- A dozen wounded military veterans attended the Penguins' game-day skate, part of the team's Veterans Day tribute.
 
The veterans, seated near the glass during the skate, were greeted by Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux, who signed autographs for a group representing the Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Troop Appreciation and the Veterans Affairs department.
 
The veterans also were given a tour of the Penguins' dressing room, with numerous players coming up to shake hands and pose for pictures. Select members were given personalized Penguins jerseys.
 
During the pre-game skate before the Stars-Penguins game, the Pittsburgh players will wear special camouflage jerseys that they later will sign. The jerseys then will be auctioned on NHL.com, with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Troop Appreciation.
 
ROTC members will be stationed at all entry gates at Consol Energy Center, and selected military members will sit in suites purchased by Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. All fans will be given an American Flag Foundation wristband. Military veterans also will participate in Zamboni rides during the game.

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