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Penguins Players Honor #TheRealHeroes on National Nurses Day

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Penguins players and coaches honored nurses and other frontline medical personal by taking part in the #TheRealHeroes social media campaign today, on National Nurses Day.

The #TheRealHeroes program is a combined effort of athletes and coaches from across world coming together to honor medical workers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penguins players and coaches crossed out their own names on game jerseys and replaced them with the names of nurses or other frontline medical workers. Some players honored family members and friends in the medical profession. Nine others saluted nurses from UPMC hospitals in the region. The nurses were chosen to represent the many nurses throughout UPMC Nurses who were on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. The localized initiative recognizes the commitment, perseverance, and compassion of UPMC Nurses as the driving force guiding our communities through this challenging time.

Photos were then posted on social media, including on the Penguins' social accounts.

Penguins taking part were Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, Jared McCann, Justin Schultz, Tristan Jarry, Brian Dumoulin, Chad Ruhwedel, Dominik Simon, Jason Zucker, assistant coaches Mark Recchi, and Sergei Gonchar, general manager Jim Rutherford, and 2009 Stanley Cup champion Tyler Kennedy.

 Instagram from @matt30murray: Thank you to a real hero, RN Britta Link from the medical/surgical ICU at UPMC Shadyside. I am proud to wear your name on my back! The bravery you are showing in the face of covid19 is inspiring. Join me and the sports world, and show your thanks to a healthcare hero you know by making a jersey in their honor and share it using #TheRealHeroes ❤️❤️❤️ 

Instagram from @jaredmccann: Today and every day I am thankful for the healthcare workers on the front lines- especially my friend Brittany Paton! You are all appreciated! #TheRealHeroes#NationalNursesDay 

Instagram from @du24theboyz: Thank you to all the nurses battling on the frontlines to help keep people healthy and safe especially my sister in law @k_ermold who works in the OR at Maine Med. #therealheroes #thanklessjobs

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