On Monday, September 28, the Pittsburgh Penguins teamed up with the Central Blood Bank to help save lives. The drive was held in the West Lounge of Mellon Arena and at local ice hockey rinks. The drive at all locations proved to be a great success. Registered donors received a custom-designed Penguins/Central Blood Bank t-shirt and the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia.
Penguins’ celebrities and team mascot Iceburgh were on hand to meet donors and sign autographs. Penguins’ color analyst Phil Bourque and FSN Pittsburgh’s Dan Potash went above and beyond as they rolled up their sleeves and made a blood donation!
Each year, the Score One For Life Blood Drive is scheduled at a time when blood donations typically drop to critically low levels. A long summer of low donation rates often culminates in a severe shortage of blood by September so that month is a good time to host a drive in an effort to shore up local supplies.
The one-day drive at Mellon Arena produced a total of 157 units of blood, which equals 471 lives saved. The collection total from Mellon Arena and local ice hockey rinks produced 247 units of blood or nearly half of a one day supply of blood to hospitals the Central Blood Bank serves.