However, the residue of those championships and the players who made it all possible ultimately had a profound impact on Saad and a few other Pittsburgh area hockey players.
"There have been a bunch of stars in Pittsburgh, including Mario (Lemieux) and Sid (Crosby), and they all helped in really promoting the game in this area," Saad told NHL.com. "As I got older, more people from the area began paying more attention to the sport, and for guys like me, we just had a lot of fun with it."
Saad was like any other adolescent growing up in Gibsonia, Pa., playing baseball, soccer, football and, of course, hockey. He had a special gift for the latter, once starring for Pine Richland High School in the Penguins Cup championship at Mellon Arena. Now he's become one of the more intriguing prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft while playing for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.