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Fans show their passion on Hockey Day in America

Social media ablaze with support across United States @NHL

Youth players join the Penguins

DET@PIT: Youth players from Pittsburgh join the Pens

Prior to the start of the game, several youth hockey players from Pittsburgh join the Penguins on the ice for the national anthem

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Sunday is Hockey Day in America, and fans are celebrating hockey in the United States from coast to coast with the #HDIA.

Sunday featured 10 games featuring 18 NHL teams, and NBC spent the afternoon in Pittsburgh, highlighting stories of USA hockey players and teams. 

Tweet from @usahockey: 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Dan McCoy & @MightyPenguins exec dir Michele Humphreys talking sled hockey w/ @Jeremy_Roenick. #HDIA #HWAA

Tweet from @NickFoligno: Thank you @NHLonNBCSports for helping share our story and raise awareness for #CHD. Happy #HDIA to everyone!

#HDIA trended on Twitter for much of Sunday as enthusiastic hockey fans used social media to show how they were enjoying the annual celebration of hockey in the states.

Tweet from @KingSeba92: @NHLonNBCSports #HDIA my little guy has been playing since before he could walk

Tweet from @KristieRees: Happy Hockey Day in America! #HDIA

Tweet from @JenniBurke5: My 8yro daughter with a goal today on hockey day in America! She put her own rebound in!!! #HDIA Her team had two shutouts! Go lady Liberty!

Tweet from @jhizzle10: All day NHL #HDIA @NHLNetwork @NHLonNBCSports @NHL

Even pets joined the hockey-loving fun.

Tweet from @jgrecs15: @NHLonNBCSports born and raised @BuffaloSabres fans. #HDIA

Tweet from @newyorkbelieve: .@NHLonNBCSports #HDIA Randy and Mika are die hard #NYR fans �������������

Tweet from @gdoodle70: @NHLonNBCSports Stanley getting ready to watch his beloved Preds continue their quest for the Cup he is named for. #HDIA #gopredators

Tweet from @JaneInSD: @NHLonNBCSports @StlouisBlues Cora loves her Blues!! Let's Go BLUES!! #Stlblues #HDIA #LGB

Hockey Day in America typically caps Hockey Weekend Across America, but to mark the 10th anniversary of the first HWAA, USA Hockey is using HDIA to kick off the first Hockey Week in America. Hockey Week in America, started in 2008, to celebrate hockey and those involved and expose the game to new audiences.

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