The Pittsburgh Penguins will report to training camp at CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday, September 18, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Penguins players will spend their first day undergoing physicals and attending meetings before participating in their first official practice under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Johnston the following morning on Friday, September 19 at CONSOL Energy Center.
Fans will have an opportunity to attend a practice that will be open to the public and free of charge on Saturday, September 20 at CONSOL Energy Center. Practice begins at 9 a.m., with gates opening at 8:30 a.m.
More details on the open practice will be released next week.
The Penguins also announced today that 57 players (34 forwards; 17 defensemen; 6 goaltenders) have been invited to training camp.
Pittsburgh’s training camp roster is highlighted by captain Sidney Crosby, the reigning Hart Trophy (NHL MVP), Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player) and Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion) winner; two-time NHL scoring champion Evgeni Malkin; and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, whose 39 victories last season were second-most (tied) in the NHL.
Other familiar faces on the Penguins’ training camp roster are Chris Kunitz, the NHL’s eighth-leading goal scorer (35 goals) from a season ago; Kris Letang, who established a career high with 11 goals despite playing less than half the season due to injury and illness; 2014 U.S. Olympian Paul Martin; and versatile veteran Pascal Dupuis.
The Penguins have many new faces this season, including forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, both acquired from Nashville in June; defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, a veteran of 692 NHL games and a former 50-point producer with the Vancouver Canucks; forwards Blake Comeau and Steve Downie; and goaltender Thomas Greiss, who posted a .920 save percentage last year with the Arizona Coyotes.
Pittsburgh’s roster also includes Daniel Carcillo, who will be attending camp on a professional tryout contract. Carcillo, who has played in three of the last five Stanley Cup Finals (winning the Cup with Chicago in 2013), was originally a Penguins’ draft pick in 2003.
Click here for a complete camp roster.
The Penguins play their first preseason contest on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center in a game that will be broadcast locally on the CW.
A complete preseason schedule is below.
|Penguins 2014 Preseason Schedule |
|Date ||Opponent ||Time ||TV Broadcast |
|Monday, Sept. 22 ||DETROIT ||7:00 p.m. ||WPCW |
|Tuesday, Sept. 23 ||at Columbus ||7:00 p.m. ||None |
|Thursday, Sept. 25 ||MINNESOTA ||7:00 p.m. ||None |
|Saturday, Sept. 27 ||COLUMBUS ||4:00 p.m. ||WPCW |
|Monday, Sept. 29 ||at Minnesota ||8:00 p.m. ||ROOT Sports |
|Wednesday, Oct. 1 ||at Detroit ||7:30 p.m. ||ROOT Sports |
|(All times Eastern) |