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Penalty-box attendants have a thankless task

Tuesday, 04.21.2009 / 7:56 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"It's fun, because you feel like you're a part of the game," he told NHL.com. "You get to hear what they're saying and they ask you, 'Did you see that?' You just shrug your shoulders and say, 'I wasn't looking."
--
Bill Acchione, who works the home penalty box at the Wachovia Center

They have some of the best seats in the house, but they're not for the faint of heart.

The men who work as penalty-box attendants have one of the most thankless jobs in the NHL. They get yelled at, spit on and put in uncomfortable positions by angry, adrenaline-pulsing NHL players.

None of it on purpose, of course.

"Nothing is meant for them," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell told NHL.com. "They've got to be on their toes a bit when they're in there. I think they should have a pen and a paper, or a microphone in there, because I'm sure they've heard some funny stuff throughout the years."

Bill Acchione, who works the home penalty box at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, agrees.

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