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Penguins and Discover to Host 'Hockey Day in America' at Sunday's Game

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Discover are teaming up to host "Hockey Day in America" when the Penguins take on the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.

All fans in attendance will receive gold "Hockey Day in America" rally towels, courtesy of Discover.

The special game-day event is a celebration of all levels of Pittsburgh amateur hockey, including sled hockey, special hockey, blind hockey and the Pittsburgh Warriors Disabled Veterans Hockey Team.

There will be six "DICK'S Sporting Goods Junior Starters," representing Southpointe Grizzlies Special Hockey, Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey, Pittsburgh Rhinos Blind Hockey, Pittsburgh I.C.E., DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and the Little Penguins.

In addition, Damien Gabis, a member of the Pittsburgh Warriors Disabled Veterans Hockey Team, will be honored before the game. Damien, who received a Purple Heart after being seriously injured in Afghanistan, returned from his army service to earn a college degree at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently employed as a social worker.

The Highmark Hallway at PPG Paints Arena will have displays and representation from Steel City Icebergs Special Hockey, Pittsburgh Emperors Special Hockey, Southpointe Grizzlies Special Hockey, Hockey Sticks Together, Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey, Pittsburgh Rhinos Blind Hockey, Pittsburgh I.C.E., the Pittsburgh Warriors, AbleGamers and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

NBC, NBCSN and the NHL are celebrating Discover Hockey Day in America on Sunday with three nationally-televised games - Penguins-Red Wings at 12:30, Boston-NY Rangers at 3:30 p.m. and St. Louis-Nashville at 6 p.m.

As part of the Discover Hockey Day in America celebrations, Discover and the NHL will also be hosting a community event with the Pittsburgh I.C.E. teams on Saturday, Feb. 15. Former Penguin Tyler Kennedy and former NHLer Christian Hanson will serve as guest coaches for two Pittsburgh I.C.E. practice sessions at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center, followed by lunch and Hockey Day in America giveaways.

Discover Hockey Day in America is part of the Penguins' season-long "Hockey is for Everyone" campaign, supporting inclusion and diversity in the sport. The Pens will also host "Her Hockey Day" on Sunday, March 22 vs. Washington and "Pride Night" on Tuesday, March 24 vs. Carolina.

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