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Penguins To Participate In Rookie Tournament Sept. 9-13 In Oshawa, Ontario

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins prospects will be competing against prospects from the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 Rookie Tournament Sept. 9-13 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

Penguins prospects will be in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9 to undergo physicals and fitness testing at CONSOL Energy Center before busing to Oshawa. Players will be available to the media that morning inside the Penguins locker room from 9-9:30 a.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine will oversee the tournament. Eric Tangradi, Simon Despres and 2011 first-round draft pick Joseph Morrow are among the 26 players taking part in the tournament.

All three games will air on Penguins HD Radio (WXDX FM HD-2 and streamed live on Steve Mears and two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Bourque will broadcast the action. Full tournament coverage can also be found at

Tangradi, 22, split the 2010-11 season between the Penguins and WBS. The Philadelphia, Pa. native made the Penguins’ opening-night roster and tallied three points (1G-2A) in 15 NHL games. He added 18 goals and 33 points in 42 AHL games with WBS.

Despres, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (30th overall) in 2009, enjoyed a stellar season in ’10-11. The 20-year-old blueliner tallied 41 points (13G-28A) and posted a plus-28 rating in 47 games for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to earn the Emile Bouchard Trophy as that league’s top defenseman. Despres helped the Sea Dogs capture the Memorial Cup championship in May, and helped Team Canada earn a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships in January.

Morrow, 18, was the highest-scoring blueliner for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, notching 49 points (9G-40A) in 60 games. The 23rd overall selection of the NHL Entry Draft in June, Morrow placed second among all WHL blueliners with 20 points (6G-14A) in 21 games while helping the Winterhawks reach the WHL final.

Pittsburgh Penguins veterans will report to training camp in Pittsburgh Sept. 16. Schedule details will be released prior to the opening of camp.

Following is a schedule for the Penguins’ 2011 Rookie Tournament:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2:00 p.m. Game vs. Ottawa

Sunday, September 11, 2011

7:00 p.m. Game vs. Toronto

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
2:00 p.m. Game vs. Chicago

Pittsburgh Penguins Rookie Tournament Roster

Patrick Killeen
Maxime Lagace

Robert Bortuzzo
Simon Despres
Alex Grant
Scott Harrington
Reid McNeill
Joseph Morrow
Joe Rogalski
Philip Samuelsson
Carl Sneep
Brian Strait

Jessey Astles
Brandon DeFazio
Stefan Fournier
Brian Gibbons
Tom Kuhnhackl
Nick Petersen
Zach Sill
Ben Street
Eric Tangradi
Daniil Tarasov
Paul Thompson
Dominik Uher
Keven Veilleux
Ian Watters
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