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Pens' Third Jersey a Hit Among Players, Staff

by Joey Sykes / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Friday morning that the club will don black and “Pittsburgh Gold” third jerseys for 12 matchups during the 2014-15 regular season.

The team is set to wear their newest attire for 11 home games and one away game beginning on Oct. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers. When the team faces off against Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center that Wednesday, it will mark the first time the squad has worn the “Pittsburgh Gold” since the 2001-02 season.

The jerseys are reminiscent of the early 1990s Penguins team that won two Stanley Cups in 1991 and ‘92. For 20 years, the Penguins wore the infamous black and gold before switching over to Las Vegas-gold in 2002.

Assistant coach Rick Tocchet likes the new design as well as the fact that they will bring a sense of nostalgia to the ice.

“When your sports team has different jerseys from the past, it brings back great memories,” Tocchet said. “I hope they’ll bring us a lot of luck and there’s another Stanley Cup in that jersey, but like I said, it’s always fun to wear different jerseys.”

Former Penguins player and current ROOT Sports Color Analyst, Bob Errey, agrees with Tocchet.

“I’m pretty fired up about it,” Errey said. “It reminds me of the old Penguins years when we were winning Cups. I’m looking forward to the new jerseys.”

The Penguins sported a blue and white getup from their admittance into the league in 1967 until the 1980-81 season when the club converted to the colors of the Pittsburgh flag, which they shared with the other two major professional sports teams in Pittsburgh.

Current Penguins like Rob Scuderi and Pascal Dupuis like the fact that the black and gold (or yellow) look is making a comeback to the city’s hockey team.

“I like the throwback, the retro look,” Scuderi said. “It’s something that, when I grew up, that’s what I thought of the Penguins. It’s kind of cool for me as a guy that grew up watching hockey all the time. I think the black and yellow is always a staple of Pittsburgh and something you associate with.”

“It’s really nice with the throwback there,” Dupuis said. “Obviously they’re the right colors for this city and I think the logo looks great and the yellow on it looks great.”

Kris Letang likes how the colors channel the team’s inner “Mario Lemieux.”

“I think they’re pretty cool,” Letang said. “Every time you see highlights of Mario, you see that jersey, so it’s going to be exciting.”

Even offseason acquisition Patric Hornqvist, who hasn’t played a single game in a Penguins uniform, is still pretty pumped to get a hold of on the new sweaters.

“It’s sick,” Hornqvist said. “Its really nice. It’s looking good, a little old school, and hopefully we play good in it.”

The Pens will open up their third jersey schedule at home against the Flyers as well as close out it out against their in-state rival. They will play one game on the road in the throwbacks when they head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers on Dec. 8. They will also face eight other NHL clubs in their third jerseys including the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The full schedule can be found here.

The jerseys are now on sale at the PensGear stores in CONSOL Energy Center and at the SouthSide Works.

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