Youth will be served on Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center as the Penguins host their fifth 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 an exciting and unique atmosphere to an NHL pre-season game,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “Some of these kids have rarely had an opportunity to see a professional sporting event in person. The feedback we’ve received over the years from children, parents and youth organizations has been tremendous.
And our players and coaches love the atmosphere.”
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 Might Penguins sled hockey team, the Pittsburgh ICE inner-city hockey 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 1,200 tickets at six store locations earlier this month.
The game will be televised locally by Pittsburgh’s CW (WPCW) and carried on radio by 105.9 The X.