How long have you been following the Pens and how did you become a fan?
I can't remember NOT being a Pens fan. My parents were born and raised in Pittsburgh, so I was brought up loving the Penguins! I remember the excitement surrounding the back-to-back cups in the early 90s, the magic of Mario Lemieux and the dark days of the early 2000s (though I never left a game early). This team has undeniable character, spirit and class, and I'm proud to be a lifelong fan.
Who is your favorite Penguins player (past or present)?
Tell us about your favorite Penguins memory.
Among many great memories, a more recent favorite is Sid's comeback game in November. My mom and I were SO excited for that game, and the team didn't disappoint. The energy and the feeling in the building is one that only those there could describe. Being there, knowing we were witnessing history was awesome, and it was even better to experience that moment with my mom, whose the real reason I'm such a big hockey fan. Rooting for the Pens has always been a huge part of my family. Grandparents, parents, siblings and extended family... it's part of who we are, and thinking back on favorite Penguins memories is inherently associated with fond memories of being with my family.
On a game day I usually...
If I'm going to the game, I head down and park under the UPMC building and either grab dinner with my mom or a drink with a friend and head into the arena just before the national anthem (I hate missing Jeff). I usually enjoy the game from Section 230, where we sit by the same people that have had season tickets around us since the Civic Arena days. If the Pens are away or somehow I didn't get my hands on some tickets, Carson City is a great place to be with friends and enjoy some awesome drink specials... unless it's playoffs. Then I tend to be too nervous to be out in public for the game and watch at home with some friends. I may or may not yell at the TV...
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