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Letang shoots puck into basketball hoop at Penguins outdoor practice

Pittsburgh scrimmaged at Valley Ridge Community Association in Calgary

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Kris Letang is good at shooting pucks into nets, no matter what kind.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman hit a long-distance shot into a basketball net during their outdoor practice at Valley Ridge Community Association's outdoor rink in Calgary on Wednesday.

Tweet from @penguins: LeBron.Letang.Le-swoosh.Attn: @KingJames pic.twitter.com/pvTY3dXxcv

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan held a surprise 4-on-4 scrimmage outside where the players took hockey back to its roots. Chad Ruhwedel scored to end the decisive third game, giving Team Black a series win against Team Gold.

Tweet from @penguins: Hockey in its purest form. pic.twitter.com/v7h16tYMxj

Letang's epic trick shot was impressive, but forward Jake Guentzel apparently knows the true tale. 

Tweet from @jakenbake20: What about the 100 tries before?? @Letang_58 #bricks

The venue and format added some levity to the practice while also making the players feel nostalgic.

"It was fun. Just being outdoors lightens the mood a little bit," Guentzel told the Penguins website. "You don't get to skate outdoors much anymore. … For all of us it brings back a lot of memories."

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