The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Team, a local travel squad comprised of the top amateur players from Pittsburgh at the 1996 birth year, recently opened up its season by capturing the title in the first of five ’96 Super Series held throughout the season. The tournament was hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sept. 24-26.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, a joint venture between the Pittsburgh Hornets and Amateur Penguins, is coached by Penguins Owner & Chairman Mario Lemieux.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite secured the championship in dramatic fashion Sept. 26, defeating the hosting Tampa Bay Lightning squad, 5-4, in overtime on a Davis McNulty goal.
The win gave the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite a 4-1 overall tournament record, and allowed the team to avenge an earlier loss in the tournament to the Lightning.
During the round-robin portion of the tournament, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite posted victories over the Dallas Stars Elite 96 (4-1) and 96 Syracuse Nationals (3-2), while dropping a 7-3 decision to the Lightning.
Pittsburgh Elite advanced to the championship matchup by defeating the Stars Elite a second time, 3-2, in the semifinal round.