The Pens’ 2016 Stanley Cup championship run provided many dramatic moments and memories for its fan base.
Riley Isaac of Allison Park will always remember Sidney Crosby’s overtime game-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. A goal that evened the series and may have saved the Pens’ championship aspirations.
“I was at that game,” Isaac said. “It was pretty awesome. That was really cool.”
Isaac and many other Pens fans had a chance to relive that moment and the team’s entire title run during the premiere of the official championship video titled “Stanley Cup Champions 2016: Pittsburgh Penguins” on Wednesday night at Stage AE.
“The whole film was fantastic,” said Cryscal Kitchener of Plum, who was sporting several Pens tattoos on her right arm, including a visage of the Cup and the four-winning seasons next to it. “I’ve never seen anything like that (film). This was unbelievable.”
The video was a joint effort between the Penguins, NHL Original Productions and Cinedigm that showcased every moment from the season and title run with behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with the team’s biggest names, including Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray, head coach Mike Sullivan and many more.
Brian Van Horn of Castle Shannon rated the film as “excellent.”
Van Horn, a season-ticket holder, added his five favorite moments from the postseason.
“The first three handshakes at the end of the first three rounds,” he said. “The last one was seeing it on TV watching them clinch (the Cup). The fifth was the parade downtown.”
Before the premiere of the film former Pens player and current Penguins Radio Network contributor Colby Armstrong conducted a Q and A with fans. Also the Prince of Wales and Conn Smythe trophies were present for fans to take pictures.
A limited number of tickets were available to the public with the proceeds benefiting the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Of course, Pens fans gobbled them up very quickly.
“It’s always good to be with fellow lunatics,” Van Horn said.