Whether it’s driving seven hours or flying about 2,500 miles, Penguins fans will do whatever they have to in order to show support for their team.
Adam Caldwell of The Pensblog – a Pittsburgh Penguins blog which posts game day discussions, game recaps, Photoshops, NHL hockey news and commentary, among other things – joined forces with his blog co-founders to organize a group of Penguins fans to attend the Pittsburgh-New York Islanders contest at Nassau Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m.
They’re here to show support for their team after what happened the last time the Penguins and Islanders faced off in this arena.
“It’s more for support,” Caldwell said. “I hope nothing happens, especially this close to the playoffs. But we’re here for support. We didn't like the way they were treated last time up here. … We organized as many fans as possible. We definitely aren’t solely responsible for everybody here, but we got a pretty good group of people coming up.”
Caldwell and his Pensblog co-founders purchased 30 packages that had hotel rooms and tickets to the game through a broker, which sold out quickly to Penguins fans all over the country, primarily through Twitter.
Caitlin Harkenrider is a Penguins fan who lives in California. When she heard of The Pensblog’s plans to organize a group to head to the game, it was a no-brainer for her.
She flew from San Diego to Pittsburgh – a distance of about 2,500 miles – and joined Caldwell for the seven-hour drive from Pennsylvania to Long Island.
“I’m a reader (of the Pensblog), and kind of through Twitter,” Harkenrider said of how she found out about the movement. “I was like ‘Hey, I really want to go to this.’ After the game, I was really pumped and really wanted to be a part of this and show my support. Out in California, I don’t get to go to too many games.”
Caldwell – who was joined by blog contributer Eric Politowski – also noted there’s also a large contingent of New York-based Penguins fans who will be in attendance at the game.
He isn’t sure how many other fans donning the black and gold will be in attendance, but he’s certain it’s going to be a fair amount.
“There’s no way I could put an estimate on it, but there’s a good bit,” he said. “That means there’s a lot of Penguins fans up here.”