Pittsburgh area youth hockey players will be transferring ice from their own community rinks to the ice surface at PPG Paints Arena in a joint promotion by the Penguins and corporate partner Evoqua Water Technologies. It's called "A Great Day for Our Ice."
Three-ounce branded vials were sent to local youth hockey associations in early September, and youth players collected ice-shavings from their home rinks. The vials containing the melted ice will be collected at the Saturday's annual Free Game for Kids between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena (4 p.m. faceoff). The collection area will be just inside the Highmark Gate.
After the game, the vials will be filtered through an Evoqua system, poured into the Evoqua Zamboni and smoothed into the PPG Paints ice surface.
Please note that five youth players, selected at random, will pour their vials onto the ice during the first intermission of Saturday's game.
For the original video about the program, please click: https://www.nhl.com/penguins/community/great-day-for-our-ice
"We know how much passion local youth hockey players have for the sport and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and this gives them a chance to infuse that passion into the ice surface where the Penguins play," said Snehal Desai, Chief Growth Officer at of Evoqua.
"Teaming up with Evoqua Water Technologies has helped us create a unique program that underscores the already very strong connection between the Penguins and youth hockey," said Terry Kalna, Senior VP of Sales and Broadcasting for the Penguins.
Later in the season, Penguins players will collect ice shavings from PPG Paints Arena in similar vials, and they will be delivered back to the community rinks - literally transferring the energy of the Penguins' home ice to local arenas.
Evoqua is an industry leader in mission-critical water solutions and is headquartered in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have already distributed 18,000 free tickets - many of them to local youth hockey players - for the ninth annual Free Game for Kids.