As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stood behind the podium inside the media room of Consol Energy Center, you could sense a feeling of pride emanating from within.
"It's a thrill to be here," Bettman said during a media gathering Thursday evening. "I was on a tour of the building when I was here over the summer for the Winter Classic and this building is every bit as magnificent as everybody has hoped it would be. This is marking the continuation of a great era for the Pittsburgh Penguins
and the city of Pittsburgh."
The Penguins went unbeaten in three preseason games at their new home that stands directly across the street from their former digs -- Mellon Arena. The club battled its in-state rival, the Philadelphia Flyers
, in their regular-season opener on Thursday.
"I looked at the Igloo (Mellon Arena) as we were driving by, but not longingly," Bettman said. "The building served this team and the community well, but it was time to move on.