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July 22, 2012: Fan of the Day - Bonnie D.

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Bonnie D.
Butler, PA

How long have you been following the Pens and how did you become a fan?
I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area so it's kind of in my blood. I was always a very casual fan as a child. You know, rooting for whatever team my parents rooted for. But, somewhere in middle school, I became a super fan all of the sudden. The fandom has just been growing ever since. Now, I live in Los Angeles and I feel like I'm a bigger fan than ever. I'll post news about the Pens on Facebook and Twitter and it'll be the first time my Pittsburgh friends hear about a certain event. I still catch most games out here too. There's a great Pittsburgh following in this side of the country for whatever reason and I embrace that. Anytime the boys are in LA or Anaheim, I am most certainly there. This year was kind of a epic experience at the Pens/Kings game as we got to see the warm ups, found out Staal was playing from Bylsma himself, and then won in a shootout. With every game I watch, I become a bigger fan because they make me love the game more and more.

Who is your favorite Penguins player (past or present)?
Martin Straka

Tell us about your favorite Penguins memory.
It's a two-parter. I was fortunate enough to get tickets to the Eastern Conference Final game in 2008 when we killed the Flyers and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. So, obviously that was a wonderful game to go to. Then just a couple weeks later, I got tickets to Game 3 of the finals. I would classify this as a very magical night. We were shutout of the first two games, so there were some fair weather fans selling their tickets for a decent price and I snagged them up. My friend and I were sitting behind the net where we scored first. This was amazing. It was not just the first goal of the game, or the first goal on home ice....but it was the first goal that we scored for the series. The game went on to have that incredible shift by Brooks Orpik where he had something like 4 hits in 20 seconds and the arena was seriously shaking because we were going nuts. And we ended up winning. As were walked out of the igloo totally elated, fireworks were going off and there couldn't have been a better way to top off the night. It was one of the greatest nights of my life! :)

On a game day I usually...
Well, out here it's a little different. I have to plan my day way different because the games start at 4:00pm. I always have a Pens shirt on all day though. I'll usually run into someone from Pittsburgh that points out my shirt and makes a comment. Then I get home and hook my computer up to the TV and watch the game. I never eat during a game and I never sit comfortably on a chair. I'm usually either on the edge of the arm of the chair or sitting on the floor. My cat will try to snuggle wherever I am and then she gets scared when we score and I cheer! Sometimes, I'll go to a bar to watch the game....which is especially great if other Pens fans are there. And there are usually one of two. If I have to work, I'll listen to part of it on the radio and then follow the rest on my phone at work. My co-workers have learned that I will be completely side-tracked for a few hours on game days! :)

Congratulations, Bonnie!


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