The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their training camp for the 2008-09 season on Tuesday for physicals, testing and meetings at the UPMC facility on the South Side. The first on-ice practice session will be Wednesday at 9:00am at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins will remain at Mellon Arena through Friday, Sept. 19 for camp sessions. Practices at Mellon Arena, Wednesday-Friday, will be open to the public and free of charge. Players will be on the ice in various groups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans may enter through Gate #1 starting at 8:45 a.m. Parking in arena lots will be based on availability and daily rates will apply on weekdays. Concession stands and PenStation, the Penguins official team store, will be open inside Mellon Arena.
The Penguins will open the preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Mellon Arena and will travel to Tampa Bay on Monday, Sept. 22 for the second game of the home-and-home series. The Penguins return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday, Sept. 24th before facing the Leafs in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 26. The Penguins will complete the preseason with an exhibition game against Finnish Club Jokerit on Oct. 2 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Penguins will open the NHL season against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 and 5 in Stockholm, Sweden, before returning to Mellon Arena for the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. the New Jersey Devils.
The players will be available to the media starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the UPMC facility on the Southside. The 2008-09 preseason and training camp schedules are listed below.
2008-09 PENGUINS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 20th vs. Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Monday, Sept. 22nd at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM Wednesday, Sept. 24th vs. Toronto 7:30 PM Friday, Sept. 26th at Toronto 7:30 PM Thursday, Oct. 2nd at Jokerit (Finland) 6:30 PM
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2008 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE MELLON ARENA - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICES:
Wednesday, Sept. 17 9:00-10:00am practice group A 10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B 11:30-12:30pm practice group B
Thursday, Sept. 18 9:00-10:00am practice group B 10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B 11:30-12:30pm practice group A
Friday, Sept. 19 9:00-10:00am practice group A 10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B 11:30-12:45pm practice group B