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Pens Travel Blog From Sweden - Day 1

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pens representatives will be providing an ongoing travel blog during the trip to Sweden and Finland for the Bridgestone Premeire. Check back for updates throughout the day, including photos and video.

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8:37am EST, Sunday Sept. 28th (2:57pm CEST - Central European Summer Time)
The Penguins hit the ice for practice at 2 p.m. Sunday (8 a.m. Pittsburgh time) at the old Hovet Arena in Stockholm. Hovet is next to the modern Globe Arena, where the Penguins will practice for the rest of the week, and where the games against Ottawa will be played Saturday and Sunday..

At least one member of the Penguins' traveling party is very familiar with Hovet - senior advisor Eddie Johnston  skated here as part of Team Canada in 1972, before their historic series with the Soviet national team.

After the long flight and a team meal, Coach Michel Therrien just wanted the players to get a light on-ice workout. Assistants Mike Yeo and Andre Savard ran the them through about 15 minutes of drills before having them play four-on-four.

3:57am EST, Sunday Sept. 28th (12:57pm CEST - Central European Summer Time)
The team landed in Sweden at 9:30 am Stockholm time (3:30 am Pittsburgh time) after a 10-and-a-half hour excursion that included a stop to refuel in Shannon, Ireland. Despite flying all night, the players will gather for a team meal after checking in at their hotel, then head to the rink for practice. The challenge of the first day in Europe will be overcoming jet lag and adjusting to the time change. More to come in a few hours ... .

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