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Penguins Report: West Point (Day 1)

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The only absent players from practice were Brooks Orpik, Derrick Pouliot, Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Vokoun. Head coach Dan Bylsma had the following notes on each player.

  • Orpik is day-to-day with a lower-body injury
  • Pouliot did not skate because they wanted to dress only eight D-men
  • There is nothing new to report on Vokoun

--Sam Kasan

A lot of amazing quotes from the Pens players and coaches about their unique experience at West Point so far...

--Michelle Crechiolo

Before the Pens hit the ice at Tate Rink for practice, they shot some hoops to loosen up the limbs.

Malkin from the free throw line

Kunitz for the win...

Letang with the no-socks layup

Crosby whips the puck on goal

Team meeting at the boards

Corner gathering

Fleury stands tall

Center ice at Tate Rink

Malkin is denied by Zatkoff

Kunitz gets up ice

Fans take in the action

--Sam Kasan

After touring the facility, the Pens went to the mess hall to eat with the Army hockey players and other cadets.

The second-most cared for lawn in the US

The Pens get instructions on the steps of the Mess Hall

Cadets in formation

Crosby signed a few autographs, including one on the inside of a cadet's hat

Pens players ate in the Mess Hall with Army hockey players

Pens hockey players and Army hockey players pose on the Mess Hall steps

Pens captains and Army captains meet and pose for a photo

--Sam Kasan

The Pens took an early-morning flight to West Point and opened their visit with a tour of the athletic facilities.

Holleder Center

Michie Stadium

Basketball court

Driving in style

The Class of 1956 Walkway

Army logo

The team checks out the historical walkway


The hockey section of their athletic shrine

Legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski

Army has had three Heisman trophies

Vince Lombardi was an Army assistant coach

The Earl "Red" Blaik Gallery

Army weight room

The Pens get a talk from Army's strength coach

The Pens pose for photos with some Army football players

'56 motorcycle

Team's locker room

The players pass the time with some foosball

Coaches' office

Ice at Tate Rink

Entrance to the locker room

Derek Hines is a fallen soldier who played on Army's hockey team. A stall in the change room honors his memory

--Sam Kasan

Good afternoon hockey fans. The Pens began their weekend jaunt to West Point Friday morning. The Pens' visit will focus on leadership development and team bonding with three on-ice practice sessions at Tate Rink, home of Army's NCAA Division I men's hockey team.

This is the third time that the Pens have visited West Point during training camp, previously visiting in 2006 and '07. Army men's ice hockey head coach Brian Riley will oversee the team's visit.

Stay tuned throughout the weekend for behind-the-scenes photos, videos and updates.

--Sam Kasan

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