A four-year-old who can identify current Penguins superstars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin by their numbers is impressive. A four-year-old who can identify former Penguins like Ken Wregget and Sergei Fedorov? Now, that’s astounding.
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Macin DeFazio, a four-year-old Penguins fan from Verona, Pa., has garnered local media attention after a YouTube video titled “Pittsburgh’s biggest 4 year old hockey fan!!!” published May 5 went viral. In the video, his father, Scott DeFazio, rattles off each Penguin’s number and Macin recites the corresponding name with the precision of Mike Lange – or at least a four-year-old version of Mike Lange (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE).
“He sits around on the couch with me and watches all the games,” Scott said. “He just starts saying players’ names and he’ll ask me ‘Is that so-and-so?’ and I say ‘Yeah,’ and it just caught on and it’s really taken off.
“We didn’t think it was going to take off like this.”
Because of Macin’s love for the Penguins, the organization welcomed him and his parents, Scott and Lindsay DeFazio, to CONSOL Energy Center to attend Game 2 of Pittsburgh’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Ottawa Senators, marking the first time the young hockey fanatic was able to watch his favorite team in person.
Macin took the opportunity to prove his skills yet again as he identified Crosby (his favorite player), Matt Cooke, Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen by their numbers.
“I just thought it was going to be something where we just put a video on and see what happens,” Scott said. “We were pretty excited to come down here, not just for us, but for him with this being his first game. He gets to see all of his favorite players, so it’s pretty exciting.”
But more excitement was to come, as Iceburgh, the Penguins’ popular team mascot, greeted Macin near the big goalie helmet located in CONSOL Energy Center’s main concourse. Macin ran up to the ‘Burgh’s favorite Penguin with a wide smile, giving him an emphatic high five. Iceburgh then went around the goalie mask and brought out Macin’s special present, a set of Little Penguins hockey gear that included a Little Penguins jersey with Crosby’s name on the back, a helmet, stick and puck.
Macin put on his new gear and spent the next few minutes playing his own personal pickup hockey game with Iceburgh, consistently hitting the mascot’s five hole with the skill expected from a true young Penguins fan. He even broke down his game, which was quite impressive for such a little guy.
“I’m going to try to shoot the puck,” Macin said. “I just try to move the puck and the puck moves into the Penguin and then I shoot the puck.”
The diehard fan couldn’t pull himself away from the action, as he turned away from interviews just to put one last shot through Iceburgh’s legs, all the while calling his own play.
“Watch,” Macin said. “I get the puck and put it through the legs (shooting the puck past Iceburgh and sending the Pens’ mascot to the ground with a wicked shot) and I shoot and score!”
It’s safe to say that Macin has quite the affinity for hockey.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going to be playing ice hockey this year,” his dad laughed.