The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 53 players to their 2015 training camp, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Penguins players will report to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for physical testing on Thursday, September 17, then hit the ice the following morning for the first official practice of the 2015-16 season.
Head coach Mike Johnston’s training camp roster includes 32 forwards, 17 defensemen and four goaltenders, and it is headlined by core mainstays Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang.
This year the Penguins have added several newcomers, led by five-time 30-goal scorer Phil Kessel. Also joining the club during the offseason were forwards Eric Fehr, Nick Bonino, Sergei Plotnikov and Matt Cullen; and a pair of blueliners who came via trade in Adam Clendening and Tim Erixon.
Pittsburgh has invited two skaters – defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forward Tom Sestito – on professional tryout contracts. Gonchar helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009 during his initial five-year run with the club that spanned 2005-10.
This year the Penguins will play eight preseason games, beginning with a visit to Columbus on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The next night Pittsburgh hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.
The preseason home opener against the Hurricanes on September 22 is the first of four Penguins’ exhibition games that will be televised, as that game can be seen on Pittsburgh’s CW (WPCW).
Pittsburgh will have its game on Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Detroit broadcast on regional rightsholder ROOT SPORTS; and the fifth annual ‘Free Game for Kids’ against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, September 26 at 4 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center will be shown by Pittsburgh’s CW (WPCW).
The Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will meet in the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest in Johnstown, Pa. on Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. That game will be nationally broadcast by NBC Sports Network.
All Penguins preseason games will be carried on radio by the team’s flagship station, 105.9 The X (WXDX-FM). Mike Lange and Phil Bourque will call the September 26 home game against Columbus, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play-by-play broadcaster Mike O’Brien and Bourque will call the other seven preseason games.
Below is the Penguins’ complete 2015 preseason schedule complete with television and radio information:
|Penguins 2015 Preseason Schedule |
|Date ||Opponent ||Time ||TV ||Radio |
|Monday, Sept. 21 ||at Columbus ||7:00 p.m. || ||105.9 The X |
|Tuesday, Sept. 22 ||CAROLINA ||7:00 p.m. ||WPCW ||105.9 The X |
|Thursday, Sept. 24 ||at Detroit ||7:30 p.m. ||ROOT SPORTS ||105.9 The X |
|Saturday, Sept. 26 ||COLUMBUS ||4:00 p.m. ||WPCW ||105.9 The X |
|Monday, Sept. 28 ||at Montreal (Quebec City) ||7:00 p.m. || ||105.9 The X |
|Tuesday, Sept. 29 ||TAMPA BAY (Johnstown, PA) ||7:00 p.m. ||NBCSN ||105.9 The X |
|Wednesday, Sept. 30 ||DETROIT ||7:00 p.m. || ||105.9 The X |
|Friday, Oct. 2 ||at Carolina ||7:00 p.m. || ||105.9 The X |
|(All times Eastern) |
BOLD = home games at CONSOL Energy Center