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.