Three Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams swept the “Icebreaker Tournament,” which was held at CONSOL Energy Center over Labor Day Weekend.
The second annual Icebreaker Tournament hosted by the Pens Elite presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, featured three age groups (2001, ’02 and ’03 birth years) and 11 teams from cities across North America.
The 2001 Pens Elite team went undefeated with victories over the Atlanta Fire and Exton Bulls. Former Stanley Cup winning Penguin Mark Recchi was an assistant coach for the 2001 Pens Elite, and his son plays for the team.
The 2002 Pens Elite squad went 3-0-1 over the weekend and won the Icebreaker championship with a 6-5 win against Victory Honda. The other teams that competed in the age bracket were the Washington Little Capitals and Atlanta Selects.
The 2003 Pens Elite team completed the trifecta by defeating the Ohio Blue Jackets (2002 AA) in the championship game. They finished 3-0-1 in a bracket that also featured the Tampa Bay Jr. Bulls and Steel City Renegades (2002 AA).
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite are a Tier I Elite league program that features fourteen teams (nine boys and five girls). Former Penguin player and coach Randy Hiller is the skill development/coaching consultant for the organization.