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Pens surprise fans on social media for Fan Appreciation Night

by Christa Eaton / Pittsburgh Penguins

Throughout the year, the Penguins have received requests through the team's social media accounts for items ranging from signed jerseys to tickets. There was no better time to make some of those wishes come true than on Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday.

And they did it without announcing it - a total surprise for the best fans in hockey.

"We are very fortunate to have an incredible, passionate fan base," said Penguins Senior Vice President of Marketing James Santilli. "Whether in person at PPG Paints Arena, or following the Penguins on TV, radio and social media, our fans are always there to support us. This is just a small way of showing our appreciation for what they do for us."

Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending just before puck drop against the New York Rangers, the Penguins picked one fan on Twitter at the top of the hour and hooked them up with whatever prize or item they had requested.

"We thought this year we would take what the fans asked for throughout the season and reward some of those requests," said Penguins Director of New Media Andi Perelman, who oversees the team's social media accounts. "We just want to surprise and delight the fans and give back to people that really love the team."

Fan reactions, needless to say, were amazing.

For Jacob Hunziker, his wish of shadowing either Penguins' in-arena host Celina Pompeani or Penguins Radio Network and PensTV host Josh Getzoff will come true.

Tweet from @penguins: Hey Jacob! We're going to hook you up with a shadowing opportunity with @PensJG or @CelinaPompeani next season!We'll DM to coordinate. Happy Fan Appreciation Night! 👍 https://t.co/V4YJt1acJC

Josh Eurich received the amazing birthday gift of box tickets for the first home game of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tweet from @penguins: How about two box tickets to Round One, Home Game 1? 🙌Happy Fan Appreciation Night!We'll DM for a will-call name. https://t.co/I3olauERrg

Leanne McLaughlin couldn't bring her son to the game tonight, so the Penguins are sending her home with a signed Sidney Crosby pennant and Evgeni Malkin bobblehead. 

Tweet from @penguins: We have something for you! How does a signed Crosby pennant for his room and a Geno bobblehead sound?Happy Fan Appreciation Night!We will DM for your seat location. 👍 https://t.co/3NfIeS9Vk5

"The main point is that we want to give back to the fans," Perelman said. "And this is a cool way of doing it."

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