The Pittsburgh Penguins
set a new team record for television ratings with an 8.17 rating on FSN Pittsburgh in 2009-10 – a 17 percent increase over last season’s record rating of 6.98.
The Penguins led all U.S.-based NHL teams in local television ratings.
The Penguins also sold out every game at Mellon Arena for the third straight season. The team's sellout streak is now at 159 games, counting playoffs, heading into tonight's Stanley Cup playoff opener against Ottawa at 7 p.m.
"Our fans are the foundation of this franchise," said Penguins president David Morehouse, "and the passion, pride and dedication our fans continue to show for Penguins hockey is both exhilarating and humbling to us. We promise you that we will continue to work hard for your support. The best thing we can say is, 'Thank you.'"