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Canadian Rock Band Hedley Stops By For A Visit

by Tony Jovenitti / Pittsburgh Penguins
Canadian rock band Hedley will perform at NHL Face-Off 2010 in Toronto Thursday night, but first, the band made a stop in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to meet some of their favorite hockey players.

Members of the Canadian rock band Hedley meet Matt Cooke and Eric Godard inside the Penguins locker room on Wednesday.
All four members of the Vancouver-based band are huge hockey fans, so the Penguins treated them to a tour of CONSOL Energy Center and a visit inside the locker room before they headed to the Strip District to perform at the Altar Bar.

“It’s amazing,” bass player Tommy Mac said. “This is the nicest arena I’ve ever been in.”

Wednesday night marks the first time Hedley has every played in Pittsburgh.

“We’ve been looking forward to coming here and seeing practice and seeing the new arena,” Mac said. “And I’m looking forward to meeting new people (at the show).”

“You guys have a great city,” guitar player Dave Rosin said.

Rosin is a big Sidney Crosby fan, which is partly due to Crosby’s gold medal-winning heroics at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Hedley played during the closing ceremonies in Vancouver, and Rosin said that Crosby is a great guy.

“He’s a good Halifax guy,” Rosin said. “The people on the east coast of Canada, if you ever have a chance to go or if you’ve ever had a chance to meet Sidney, are the real salt of the earth.

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“Everybody’s got a story, it’s very community based, and Sid’s a great example.”

In addition to meeting the Penguins inside the locker room, the band also shot a promotional scene with Matt Cooke for the NHL’s face-off events.

Drummer Chris Crippin said that being able to work with the NHL is a dream come true.

Hedley watches Wednesday's practice from the best seat in the house - right up on the glass.
“These kind of things that come up when we’ve been doing what we’re doing have been really special,” he said. “It’s like a landmark in your career.”

Lead singer Jacob Hoggard, who placed third on the reality show Canadian Idol in 2004, said it’s great whenever they get to do anything hockey-related.

“Any time you can play a gig that has to do with something you enjoy, it’s always a bit of a rush,” he said.

“Hockey unites people,” Rosin said.

Rosin enjoyed CONSOL Energy Center so much that he is looking forward to having the chance to play here some day.

“I can’t wait to come in here and light some pyrotechnics off and fly my singer around,” he said.

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