The Pittsburgh Penguins and PPG announced today that they will host "Community Heroes" at each home game this season, honoring those who have worked so hard to keep us all safe during the pandemic.
The first honorees at Sunday's home opener against the Washington Capitals will be UPMC front-line healthcare workers Alicia Brown and Edana Peterson.
Game time is 12 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena (NBC national broadcast)
The Penguins also will honor select season ticket holders for their continued loyalty. Sunday's special guest will be Joe Welch, a teacher at North Hills Middle School and a season ticket holder since 2006, who was named Pennsylvania's 2020 "Teacher of the Year."
"These two groups - essential workers and season ticket holders - mean so much to the Pittsburgh Penguins," said Terry Kalna, the team's chief revenue officer. "This is a small way for us to say thank you - to essential workers for keeping us safe, and to season ticket holders for their continued loyalty. It will be our honor to host representatives of each group at every game this season at PPG Paints Arena."
The Penguins also are rolling out several other season ticket holder initiatives for this season. Season ticket holders will be contacted directly.
Safety regulations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently limit capacity for indoor arenas to 500. For Penguins games, that number includes players, coaches and hockey operations staffs from both teams; Penguins and PPG Paints Arena game-night staffs; and media, broadcasters and broadcast crews. The very limited remaining capacity will be restricted to family and friends of the players and team, as well as these honored guests.