Penguins fans packed the Allegheny Courthouse Courtyard on Wednesday afternoon.
They were there to cheer on the Penguins at a rally hosted by Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to support the team in its Stanley Cup playoff opener at Ottawa.
Food and music were provided at the event, which took place at noon. Penguins mascot Iceburgh was in attendance as well.
Mayor Ravenstahl proclaimed April 11 as Black & Gold Day:
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh,
I do hereby issue this proclamation honoring
BLACK & GOLD DAY
April 11, 2007
WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh celebrates April 11, 2007 as Black & Gold Day as a salute to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their spectacular 2007 season; and
WHEREAS, on Black & Gold Day fans are encouraged to wear black and gold when they come to cheer on the Penguins against the Ottawa Senators in the first Stanley Cup game of the season. Banners will be hung along Grant Street to mark the beginning of the celebration; and
WHEREAS, the Pittsburgh Penquins have improved by 47 points from 2005-06 to 2006-07, identified as one of the top four improvements from one season to the next in NHL history. They finished the 2006-07 season with 105 points, a year ago they finished with 58; and
WHEREAS, congratulations go out to - Sidney Crosby, youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion; Evgeni Malkin, first Penguins player to lead NHL rookies in scoring since Mario Lemieux in 1984-85; Jordan Staal, tied for second among NHL rookies in goals; Sergei Gonchar, second in scoring among NHL defensemen; Ryan Whitney, sixth in scoring among NHL defensemen; Marc-Andre Fleury, tied for third among NHL goaltenders; and Mark Recchi, who reached three significant scoring milestones during the season, recording his 500th goal, 800th assist and 1,300th point.
NOW THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh wish to thank the Penguins owners for their commitment to remain in Pittsburgh and all the Penguins fans for their steadfast support of the Penguins team. I do hereby declare April 11, 2007 "Pittsburgh Penguins Black & Gold Day here in the City of Pittsburgh.