The Pens are in Johnstown for a game at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and in the allure of the classic hockey film Slap Shot, Patric Hornqvist was trying to capture the spirit of the thing.
No, he didn’t put on the foil. But Hornqvist did put on the black-rimmed glasses made famous by the Hanson brothers in the movie. And then he convinced his linemates – Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Plotnikov – to join him.
"Might as well, we’re here," Hornqvist grinned of donning the frames. "Have fun with it. That’s what it’s all about."
The trio took the ice for warmups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA game with the eyewear to the delight of the crowd. But that was only after posing with the original Hanson brothers in the locker room.
"It’s a good memory," Malkin said of meeting the trio. "You watch them on TV and after 30 years you meet them in life, it’s unbelievable. I have a couple pictures with these guys, and I'll show my parents, too. It’s unbelievable."