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Penguins make a special delivery

Tuesday, 03.24.2009 / 5:06 PM / News

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"My dad is a construction worker, so I can really relate to these guys. It was nice to meet the guys that are working on the rink and everything."
-- Max Talbot

Max Talbot knows a thing or two about construction, which is why he was so excited to visit the Consol Energy Center construction crew on Tuesday.

"My dad is a construction worker, so I can really relate to these guys," Talbot said. "It was nice to meet the guys that are working on the rink and everything."

Talbot, along with Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy provided the Consol Energy construction crew a lunch of Pizza Hut pizzas, Shearers snacks and Penguins purified water at the construction site across the street from the Mellon Arena.

The neon-vested crewmembers crowded around the hockey players to chat and get autographs. Many of the workers show their support for the team by displaying Penguins stickers on their hard hats, which some workers had the players autograph.

"I know where center ice is going to be," one crew woman boasted to Staal as he talked with a small group.

Many of the workers who asked for autographs didn't even want the signatures for themselves, but for family members. "You just made me a hero," one worker said to Talbot as he signed a jersey for the man's nephew.

"I really love the Penguins and this is just an extra bonus to meet the players," Shawn Horne, a steel worker of 18 years, said. "We're working on their new home and it's nice to see they're interested to see how we're all doing. It's really good for morale and I'm sure all of the gentleman here really appreciate (the visit)."

During the visit, Dupuis was given the opportunity to operate the backhoe and he learned that construction work is harder than it looks.

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