Youth will be served on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena as the Penguins host their seventh annual preseason "Free Game For Kids" against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Fans are reminded that the starting time of the game has been moved back one hour to 4 p.m.
The Penguins have donated 18,000 free tickets to young people of the region, as well as parents of younger children and chaperones for youth hockey teams and other kids' groups. All tickets have been distributed.
Penguins players will wear green skate laces during Saturday's game in support of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation's "Sports Matter" program, which raises awareness about the importance of youth sports. Penguins coaches and broadcasters will wear green shoe lace "Sports Matter" lapel pins.
The South Hills Children's Chorus will sing the national anthem, and there will be youth hockey participation in both intermissions.
The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation also is making a $25,000 contribution to local youth hockey through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. 500 pairs of tickets to Saturday's game were given away last weekend at four DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in the region.
The game will be televised locally on AT&T SportsNet. Radio coverage will be provided by 105.9 The X, with Hall of Famer Mike Lange handling the radio play by play for the first time of the preseason.