With a big assist from the Make-A-Wish foundation Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford "signed" five youngsters to special one-day contracts during a press conference today at PPG Paints Arena.
Signing up to be Penguins for a day were young fans Wyatt Hunt, Jastin "JJ" Darts, Noah Turner, Jacob Bradley and Tyler Palmer.
"These five young men are inspirations to us all," Rutherford said. "It's an honor for our entire organization to have them become Pittsburgh Penguins for a day."
Per the terms of their one-day contracts, they were treated to a breakfast in the locker room with Penguins players and watched practice from Suite 66 with their families. Those children who were able to do so joined select players on the ice following practice. All five will attend tomorrow afternoon's home game against the Florida Panthers.
Wyatt Hunt, 8, comes to the Penguins from his hometown of Revloc, Pennsylvania, where he roots every game for his favorite Penguins players, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Jastin "JJ" Darts, 11, adds more goaltending depth to the Penguins lineup. During his time with the team, the Russell, Pennsylvania native hopes to get some goaltending tips from Marc-Andre Fleury and wants Crosby to teach him to block a shot.
Tyler Palmer, 14, further deepens the Penguins' pipeline in goal, as the Pittsburgh native is a veteran of both the ice and dek. His skills will only be enhanced working with Fleury and taking shots from Crosby.
Noah Turner, 15, gives the Penguins more speed and versatility, which is no surprise considering that the Clinton, Pennsylvania resident enjoys watching Malkin and Carl Hagelin the most among current Pens players.
Jacob Bradley, 17, made the long trek all the way from Missouri to become a Pittsburgh Penguin. Luckily for him, the long travel will be worth it when he gets to meet Malkin and Kris Letang.
The Penguins organization partnered with Make-A-Wish of Greater Pittsburgh and Southern West Virginia to fulfill Saturday's Make-A-Wish event.