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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Ronald Petrovicky is a Pittsburgh Penguin.


And, he won't be afraid to let opposing defensemen and forwards know it.


"I am very excited. Hopefully, I will fill my role and play the style they want me to play and help the team win," he said. "I like to get on the forecheck and try to get the puck down low and make defensemen and opposing forwards pay the price - make sure they know hockey hurts; bring energy and spark the team."


Petrovicky, a gritty right winger and Slovakia native, racked up eight goals and 12 assists last season with the Atlanta Thrashers. However, he's happy to come to Pittsburgh.


"For sure. It's a new challenge for me - to prove I can play in NHL again. I am very excited," he said. "I know it's a young, talented team now and they're trying to build a good team. Hopefully, I will help out."


Penguins fans should quickly embrace Petrovicky's blue-collar approach on the ice. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder is not afraid to assert himself. He racked up 62 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Thrashers last year. In his five-year NHL career, he has 401 penalty minutes in 311 career games.


"That's the role I have to fill," he said. "I am pretty sure I am the same type of player like [new Penguins winger] Jarkko [Ruutu] and hopefully we can do our job and spark it up and hopefully we'll be tough to play against."


While the Penguins have been busy carving out a new identity off the ice under new General Manager Ray Shero, Petrovicky wants to bring a new personality to the Penguins.


"They want to make a new statement and bring young blood into the team and organization - to spark it up," he said. "I want us to be tough to play against - teams coming in have us on their minds a little bit. They won't be happy to play against us because we will be tough to play against and make them pay the price for the length of the hockey game."


Petrovicky looks forward to being on the ice with Penguins rookie sensation Sidney Crosby, too.


"For sure. He's one of the best players in the NHL. I am excited to meet him and play with him," he said. "Every time you get a chance to watch these kinds of players on a regular basis, it's great. I get to see what they do right and wrong and learn from them and maybe try to help them. Hopefully, I will be helpful for him. I am very excited to meet him and play with him."


And, help Crosby establish the Penguins as a force in the NHL.


"We want to make a new statement in the league that the Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to play hard and be one of top teams in the NHL," he said.


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