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Marc-Andre Fleury gifts Penguins-themed playground to Boys and Girls Club

Veteran goalie supplies brand new equipment and indoor hockey rink to give back to community

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Marc-Andre Fleury has done enough on the ice to endear himself to Pittsburgh Penguins fans forever. Winning three Stanley Cups will do that.

But for the kids of the Sto-Ken-Rox Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, Fleury's name will forever be attached to their brand new playground and indoor hockey rink.

The veteran of 13 seasons, who recently put forth a stellar effort as the Penguins rolled to the 2017 Cup, recently donated his time, money and effort to make the play area happen.

It began about three years ago with Fleury and his wife, Veronique, asking how they could make a difference in the community. And now it is a reality.

"The contribution that Marc and V have made to this community is unbelievable," Dave Soltesz, president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, said in a feature video on the team's website. "You see here today, an unbelievable investment on their part. It's no different than what Marc's done in the community all these years."

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The Fleury family, including daughters Estelle and Scarlett, were on hand for the opening. The couple proved useful with a socket wrench as well, helping assemble the black-and-yellow Penguins-themed jungle jim.

The playground dirt is adorned with Fleury's jersey number and the indoor facility is aptly-named "Rink 29." The Fleurys also stocked the indoor facility with a abundance of sports equipment and some rainy day entertainment like video game systems and a bubble hockey game.

Greeting the goalie's family was a large, colorful thank you in the form of a banner that read "Merci, Fleury."

"What we have now is we have this wonderful addition to our program and much-needed addition to our program," Mike Hepler, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, said in the same video. "We are just so thrilled. This is a great day for the kids."

"We were thinking about something to give back a bit," Fleury said in the video interview. "The people of Pittsburgh have been so, so good to me."

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