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More Than 50 Former Penguins To Return Thursday To Celebrate Final Regular Season Game At Mellon Arena

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
More than 50 former Penguins, covering every era of the team’s history since its inception in 1967, will be on hand to celebrate the final regular season game ever at Mellon Arena Thursday night, when the Pens take on the New York Islanders.

Fans are asked to be in their seats for the pre-game ceremony by 7:20 p.m.

Among those in attendance will be Hockey Hall of Famer Andy  Bathgate, who scored the first goal in Penguins history in a 2-1 loss to Montreal on Oct. 11, 1967 – in a building that was then known as the “Civic Arena.”

Thursday’s game will be the 1,667th and last regular season game at the arena, before the Penguins move across the street to the spectacular new Consol Energy Center next season.

Also on hand will be the three Penguins who have won the MVP award at the NHL All-Star Game – Mario Lemieux, Syl Apps and Greg Polis – as well as Hockey Hall of Famers Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, Craig Patrick and Larry Murphy and fan favorites such as Jean Pronovost, Dave Burrows, Pierre Larouche and Bryan Watson.

The esteemed list of alums includes the four men who were both players and head coaches for the Penguins – Eddie Olczyk, Rick Kehoe, Ken Schinkel and Gene Ubriaco.

The alums will attend the Penguins’ morning skate on Thursday, then take a tour of the Consol Energy Center construction site in the afternoon.

Thursday also will be Fan Appreciation Night, and current Penguins players will give 20 lucky fans the “Shirts Off Our Backs’ following the game.

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