Youth will be served on Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center as the Penguins host their fourth annual “Free Game For Kids” against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 4 p.m.
The Penguins have donated 18,000 free tickets to young people of the region, as well as parents of younger children and chaperones for youth hockey teams and other kids’ groups.
All tickets have been distributed.
“It makes for a unique and amazing atmosphere for an NHL pre-season game,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “The ‘Free Game For Kids’ is one of our most exciting events of the year. Some of the kids involved have rarely had the opportunity to see a professional sporting event in person. The feedback we’ve gotten over the years from children, parents and youth organizations has been tremendous.”
Among those receiving the free tickets were the Tickets For Kids Foundation, members of the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL), the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL), Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, the Mighty Penguins sled hockey team, the Pittsburgh ICE inner-city program, the Steel City Icebergs special needs team, and players from area dek hockey and inline programs. Youth hockey players have been encouraged to wear their jerseys. Dick’s Sporting Goods also distributed hundreds of tickets at four store locations earlier this week.
The Children’s Festival Chorus will sing the national anthem.
The game will be televised locally on WPCW, with Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey calling the action, and carried nationally on NHL Network.
It will also air on WXDX-FM (105.9).