The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite International Bantam Tournament starts Wednesday with three games at CONSOL Energy Center -- another unique event in the week-long celebration of hockey leading up to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The youth tournament features two Pittsburgh teams as well as teams from Sidney Crosby
’s hometown (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and Evgeni Malkin
’s hometown (HC Metallurg from Magnitogorsk, Russia). Also competing are the Washington Little Caps and Sun County, Ontario.
Wednesday’s games will be:
1 p.m. - HC Metallurg vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite-Empire.
2:30 p.m. - Sun County, Ontario vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.
4 p.m. - Little Caps vs. Cole Harbour, N.S.
Admission is free, and fans may enter through the Trib Total Media gate.
The tournament moves to Harmarville Bladerunners on Thursday before shifting to the outdoor Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE on Friday and Saturday.
One featured game at the outdoor rink will be Cole Harbour vs. HC Metallurg at 2 p.m. on Friday. The tournament’s championship games will be played Saturday morning at the Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE.