All the Pittsburgh Penguins earned an assist Thursday afternoon.
The team headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson for the annual Penguins Personal Shopping Day for Project Bundle-Up.
And while they may not have been on the ice, they still had a pretty big impact. In conjunction with The Salvation Army, the Penguins helped disadvantaged children pick out warm and comfortable clothing for the upcoming winter months.
“It’s good just to come out and see some kids. Everyone seemed really happy. The kids were happy, so it’s a great day,” Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It’s always fun. They are funny. Just to be around them is a good time.”
When the Penguins arrived, they enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by TGI Friday’s with the children. Then, each child was paired up with a Penguins player and the duo traveled around the spacious Dick’s Sporting Goods store in search of coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves and other winter essentials.
Fleury approved the winter wardrobe picked out by the little boy he escorted.
“It was good; I didn’t have to say too much,” said Fleury with a smile. “The kid had a great day. I just hung around and helped him out a little bit.”
Meanwhile, Penguins rookie Jordan Staal stuck to one theme for the little girl he helped – pink.
“She was into pink, so I just dressed her from head to toe in pink and that was about it. It wasn’t very difficult,” he said with a smile. “It’s always nice just to come out and hang around with the little kids and have some fun with them. We’re just trying to help out and have a good time.”
The Penguins seemed to have as much fun as the children. Smiles and laughter were in abundance. While the children left with their new winter clothing, they – and the Penguins – left with some great memories.
“I really enjoy doing this kind of stuff,” Staal said. “I had a lot of fun today and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.”