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For devoted, passionate fans, not much else beats sharing a Penguins game with loved ones. On the evening of Oct. 6, four generations of family members united at PPG Paints Arena to watch the Penguins play the Montreal Canadiens.
Sherry Beatty brought her 95-year-old mother, Gladys Blazabich; her niece, Carly Krizmanich; and Carly's son, Nicky Krizmanich; all from Indiana, PA. Beatty grew up a Pens fan as long as she can remember, something her mother instilled early on.
"I've been a Pens fan forever," Beatty said. "She was one before me and then probably (again) in the late 80s when we got serious about it."
The family sat in their usual upper bowl seats, where Beatty is a half-season ticket holder. Despite Montreal winning the game 5-1, the family cheered on the Pens as Nicky held up a sign that said, '4 generations Penguins Fans' and then listed each of their ages written out as jersey numbers.
Beatty was very grateful for the opportunity to share the experience with her mother, her niece and her grandnephew. She knows moments like these are precious.
"To have her come is very important," Beatty said. "She keeps reminding us that her window is getting very narrower. She's gone to a NASCAR race this year, she's come here, we're trying to do all of these things with her while she can still do them."
Blazabich still loves watching the Pens, especially in person. She even spent her 90th birthday at PPG Paints Arena.
"I love it," Blazabich said. "I've been a Penguins fan since way back when Mario Lemieux came on board. I used to stay up all night watching the Penguins game and then go to work at 4 o'clock the next morning. I never missed a Penguins game. I'd stay up if it was early."
Blazabich's love for hockey has expanded outside of the pros as of recently. Eight-year-old Nicky has started playing with Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn to Play program. Blazabich takes him to every practice and goes to every game.
As far as the Pens go, Krizmanich said he doesn't have a favorite player or position, he just enjoys the game and watching in person.
Hockey has an amazing way of uniting people and among a packed arena rooting for the Pens, a family of four generations had the opportunity to create a lasting memory formed around their enthusiasm for the Penguins.