QUOTE OF THE DAY
The Pens practiced at Toyota Sports Center after landing in Los Angeles. Brooks Orpik returned to the ice after having a maintenance day on Tuesday. The only missing player at Wednesday's practice was Kris Letang, who had a maintenance day.
Head coach Dan Bylsma also noted that forward Zach Sill, who was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Jan. 23, had wrist surgery and will be out for approximately 8-12 weeks.
Coach Bylsma pointing for the next drill
FLIGHT TO LA
The Pens and their moms took an early morning flight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, the group headed to the Kings' practice facility for an afternoon skate. Here's a look at their early adventure.
Jussi behind his mom Maria
Jeff and Kristina Zatkoff
Rob and Leslie Scuderi
Trina leads her son Sidney down the steps
Fleury helps France with her luggage
Neal with his mom Deborah
Fleury again with France
Crosby and mother Trina
Mary Ann Vitale with son Joe
Beverly Martin and her Olympic son Paul
FIRST MOMS' TRIP STARTS TODAY!
It’s finally the moms’ turn.
After six Dads’ Trips under Penguins general manager Ray Shero, this year the team decided it was time to treat the moms – who have been waiting patiently for their opportunity to travel with their sons.
“I know my dad was a little disappointed, but I think he’s been spoiled pretty good the past few years,” grinned goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “So my mom (France) is really excited.”
The moms will follow their sons through every step of their two-game trip through Los Angeles (Thursday) and Phoenix (Saturday), starting by flying out with them from Pittsburgh on Wednesday and continuing at team meals, bus rides to and from the arena, practices and team meetings. The only time they won’t be with their kids is during the actual games, where they’ll watch from a suite.
“(My mom Christiane) is really excited, obviously,” defenseman Kris Letang said. “Following me around in my childhood, playing in every little rink, now she has a chance to be part of a big trip at the NHL level. So it’s going to be fun for her.”
For more on the Pens talking about the first-ever Moms' Trip, click here. For some awesome quotes from the guys reflecting on the amazing women who raised them, click here.
After years of Eric Clapton's "My Father's Eyes" and James Taylor's "Cat's in the Cradle" for the dads, it's time for more mom-appropriate music. Here's Boyz II Men's "A Song for Mama." Enjoy!
--Sam Kasan and Michelle Crechiolo