PENS PLAYERS RECEIVE MILITARY RANKS
When head coach Dan Bylsma gathered his team at center ice at the beginning of Wednesday’s morning skate, it wasn’t just to go over the first drill with them. He was giving the players, wearing camouflaged Army jerseys and socks to honor military veterans, their individual “ranks.”
“I think they snapped to attention,” joked Bylsma, whose rank was, fittingly enough, Major.
The Penguins took a team-bonding trip to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York during training camp, and their experience there influenced what they did today with the special jerseys that they wore as well as the ranks Bylsma called out – which included Second Lieutenant Pascal Dupuis, Sergeant Major Craig Adams and Sergeant First Class Marc-Andre Fleury.
The full story is here.
LOCKER ROOM SOUND
Eleven military veterans attended the morning skate and received personalized jerseys in the locker room after, personally handed out by the team's American-born players.
Full story here. For a complete photo gallery click here.
Here are a few quick photos...
Coach Bylsma handing out a jersey
Orpik meeting with a veteran
The Pens had new name plates for the day
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few notes...
- Paul Martin skated prior to morning skate
- Marc-Andre Fleury starting in goal
- Rest of lineup is game-time decision
QUOTE OF THE DAY
The Pens are wearing camo jerseys at the morning skate and for warmups for tonight's game. Each custom Army jersey featured the player's for their years of service in the league and signified different units of the Army. They also had camo socks.
Coach Bylsma sports the Army hat
MORNING SKATE INFO
Defenseman Paul Martin was the only non-IR player absent from the morning skate. He's been listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Tanner Glass, who missed the past two days of practice, was back with the team.
The Pens used the following workflow...
The six D-men rotated with three on each side.
A PEEK IN(SIDE) THE ROOM
Get a quick behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Pens equipment staff (the best in the business) and some of their routines. These guys are tireless workers and can never receive enough credit for their dedication and commitment. I've been around this crew (slightly new this year) for over five years. True pros and even better people.
Katie O'Malley and Pens HD Radio Host Steve Kolbe talk about Deryk Engelland's switch to the forward position, Injuries and Crosby's point total this season.
From the time the gates open until the start of the first period, fans are encouraged to bring food or cash donations to any of the three main gates: American Eagle Gate, Trib Total Media Gate, and Verizon Gate. Each fan that makes a monetary or non-perishable food donation that evening will be eligible to win autographed Penguins’ memorabilia. Money and food donated during this food drive will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more information, please contact the Penguins Foundation at 412-255-1952.
SALUTE THE TROOPS
Tonight the Pens are honoring military veterans for their dedication, service and sacrifice with various initiatives. Eleven military veterans will be attending the morning skate and will receive personalized jerseys in the locker room following.
The team is wearing special camouflage jerseys during the warm-up, and those jerseys will then be autographed and auctioned at www.nhl.com. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, Austin’s Military Playroom at the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
The Pens have many more things planned to honor the military. For more details click here.
For a preview of tonight's Metro matchup click here. If you're going to the game please click here for important info on the night's festivites. And if you want a scouting report on the Flyers, watch Meesh below.
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens battle cross-state rival Philadelphia for the first time at home. The Pens won the previous matchup in Philly, 4-1. The game was closer than the score appears as Pittsburgh held a 2-1 lead until adding two late goals in the final three minutes of regulation.
Here are some tidbits on tonight's game...
- The Penguins begin a two-game homestand against the Philadelphia Flyers (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Tonight’s game begins a stretch where the Penguins will play 11 games in 18 days –including six on the road –from Nov. 13-30.
- The Penguins have a two-game home winning streak entering tonight.
- Pittsburgh enters tonight with a three-game winning streak against the Flyers; and they have won five of the past six meetings dating back to April 7, 2012.
- The Penguins are 6-2-1 in their past nine games against the Flyers. During those nine games the Penguins have scored 35 goals for an average of 3.89 per game.
- Pittsburgh has scored at least one power-play goal in six of its past seven games against Philadelphia (8-for-25; 32%).
Stick tap (Pens PR)
Great selection Matt! One of my favorite songs of all time. I feel like I'm in high school all over again.
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