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Pittsburgh Penguins Report For Training Camp Friday, Sept. 16

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin the 2011-12 season by reporting to training camp on Friday, Sept. 16, and will hit the ice for their first practice on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Penguins’ first two practice dates – Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 – will be open to the public at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins will play six preseason games, beginning with a home contest against the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh will also play host to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.

The Penguins will hold the team’s second annual “Free Game for Kids” when they face Minnesota. For that game the Penguins are distributing 18,000 free tickets to kids aged 5-21 in an effort to reach out, thank young fans and continue to expose them to Penguins hockey.

Pittsburgh will have three road preseason games, including a neutral site contest against the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. The Penguins will also visit Chicago on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. and conclude their exhibition slate at Detroit on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.

In addition to their six exhibition games, the Penguins will also play a Black and Gold Game at Mohegan Sun Arena – home of the team’s top minor-league affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – on Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

The Penguins open the regular season on Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. against the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks and play their home opener at CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 11 against the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

Individual game tickets for all regular-season home games will go on sale Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

Below are the 2011 preseason and training camp schedules.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 22. CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24 MINNESOTA 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 vs Los Angeles^ 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Detroit 5 p.m.
     ^ In Kansas City

Friday, Sept. 16 7:30-11am Medicals/Testing at CONSOL Energy Center
*Saturday, Sept. 17 9-9:45 a.m. Practice – group A (CONSOL Energy Center)
10-10:45 a.m. Scrimmage groups A & B
11-11:45 a.m. Practice – group B
12-1:30 p.m. Practice –  group C
*Sunday, Sept. 18 9-9:45 a.m. Practice – group B (CONSOL Energy Center)
10-10:45 a.m. Scrimmage groups B & C
11-11:45 a.m. Practice – group C
12-1:30 p.m. Practice – group A
Monday, Sept. 19
9:30-10:30 a.m. Practice – Team Black (CONSOL Energy Center)
10:30-11:30 a.m. Practice – Team Gold
11:30-1:30 p.m. Non-game group practice

7 p.m. Black vs. Gold Game (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
Tuesday, Sept. 20 9-9:45 a.m. Practice – group C (CONSOL Energy Center)
10-10:45 a.m. Scrimmage groups C & A
11-11:45 a.m. Practice – group A
12-1:30 p.m. Practice – group B
Wednesday, Sept. 21 10:30-11:30 a.m. Practice – game group
11:15-1:30 p.m. Practice – non-game group
7 p.m. Game vs. Detroit
Thursday, Sept. 22 11-12 p.m. Practice – game group (CONSOL Energy Center)
7 p.m. Game vs. Chicago
Friday, Sept. 23 10-11:30 a.m. Practice – group 1 (Southpointe)
11:30-1:30 p.m. Practice – group 2
Saturday, Sept. 24 10-11:30 a.m. Practice – non-game group (CONSOL Energy Center)
3 p.m. Game vs. Minnesota
Sunday, Sept. 25 10-11 a.m. Practice group 1 (CONSOL Energy Center)
11-11:20 a.m. Scrimmage groups 1 & 2
11:45-1 p.m. Practice group 2
Monday, Sept. 26 10-11 a.m. Practice group 2 (CONSOL Energy Center)
11-11:20 a.m. Scrimmage groups 1 & 2
11:45-1:00 p.m. Practice group 1
Tuesday, Sept. 27 10:30-11:30 a.m. Practice – game group (CONSOL Energy Center)
11:30-1:30 p.m. Practice – non-game group
7 p.m. Game vs. Los Angeles (in Kansas City)
Wednesday, Sept. 28 DAY OFF
Thursday, Sept. 29
11-1 p.m. Practice (CONSOL Energy Center)
Friday, Sept. 30
10-11 a.m. Practice – game group (CONSOL Energy Center)
11:15-1 p.m. Practice non-game group
7:30 p.m. Game at Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 1
2-4 p.m. Practice @ Joe Louis Arena
Sunday, Oct. 2 9:30-10:30 a.m. Practice – non-game group
5 p.m. Game at Detroit
Monday, Oct. 3 11 a.m. Practice (CONSOL Energy Center)
* Practice open to the public. Click for details


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