Jeannie Baker, of Charleroi, was a special guest at Mellon Arena Friday afternoon to watch the Penguins’ morning skate prior to their banner-raising home opener against the New York Rangers.
Baker was the winner of the Penguins’ “Defy Ordinary” online contest. As well as attending the morning skate, Baker also won two 2009-10 full season ticket packages, which were delivered to her by Maxime Talbot while she watched practice. Baker also had the opportunity to pose with the Stanley Cup later that night at Mellon Arena.
“I knew I was going to meet someone. I didn’t know who,” Baker said. “It’s very exciting.”
A two-minute video ran on the team’s website. Fans entered the contest by watching the video and then filling out a form at its conclusion. Baker found out about the sweepstakes through the Penguins’ Twitter account
“I watched the video. It’s a great message to send out to fans, to the players, to the coaches,” Baker said. “At the end I put my name in and I was the lucky person to win.
“(The video) shows how Pittsburgh is up and coming. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place for opportunities.”
Baker’s friend, Tony Ciccini of Belle Vernon, came with her to collect the tickets.
“I’m excited,” Ciccini said. “It’s very cool.”
The newest season-ticket holder is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“I’ll be here every game,” Baker said. “Hopefully we win the Stanley Cup again.”
And so much for Talbot’s now-famous “superstar treatment.”
“I feel like a bigger superstar than him,” Baker laughed. “Thank you so much. You just made my life.”Watch the Defy Ordinary video here!