The Steel City Icebergs of the American Special Hockey Association held their first practice of the 2014-15 season along with a special guest.
Penguins goaltender Thomas Greiss, along with his girlfriend Brittney Palmer, took time out of their schedule to skate around RMU’s Island Sports Center Friday night as they offered pointers and tips to the special needs players.
“It was fun,” Greiss said. “It was awesome to get out there and play some hockey. It’s just a good cause and just seeing the kids having fun out there.”
Palmer, the 2014 Miss South Dakota, is trying to get acquainted with Pittsburgh and thought volunteering with the Icebergs was a great way to do just that.
“Us being new to the team, we want to really get out and make our presence known in the volunteering community,” Palmer said. Thomas and I will actually be donating our time, hopefully twice a month to the Steel City Icebergs.”
Stephanie Maust, who founded the Icebergs in 2007 after having an idea to bring the game of hockey to people suffering from mental disabilities, was thankful for Thomas and Brittney’s time Friday night.
“This has been so exciting,” Maust said. “I have hoped and prayed for so long that someone within the NHL would be interested in our little team, so Thomas and Brittney were an answer to our prayer.”
Maust wasn’t the only person excited to have Greiss on the ice with the players. Chuck Stover, stated how happy he was for his son, William, to be out on the ice with Greiss and his fellow teammates.
“It’s a great opportunity for my son,” Stover said. “ We’ve seen him come out of his shell more and gain confidence with the Steel City Icebergs. It’s the best way for the kids to learn. The pro-athletes know all the correct techniques and moves.”