With practice complete, it is time for the families to take the ice at Citizens Bank Park.
As mentioned, it is always one of the highlights for the players. This year is proving to be no different.
Some youngsters are out there playing a bit of shinny, skating through other skaters treating the session as perhaps the greatest public-skating session of their lifes.
As always, there were indelible moments that won't be forgotten.
had several kids on the ice with them. Suffice it to say, they already have the Hartnell Down move down pat
Max Talbot, who enjoyed a family skate last season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins
in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, took him mom out for a twirl, holding her arm as she navigated the crowded ice surface.
Rookie Zac rinaldo
was out on the ice with his father, both men deep in conversation -- perhaps about all the early-morning ice sessions of Zac's youth.
Defenseman Brandon Coburn, meanwhile, was rocking a baby as he glided across the ice.
Other players posed for pictures with family and friends, talked on the phone with those that could not be on hand or just skated leisurely around, soaking in all the details of a picture-perfect morning.