Well, Pens fans, the season didn’t turn out quite the way we’d all hoped for, however, there is still a lot we are grateful for that happened this season. The Penguins will compete for another title just as assuredly as the Ice Crew will return next year to perform their in-game duties. Let’s take a look back over the last five months at some of the cool things the Ice Crew got to do.
After gearing up for the season in our annual training camp, the Ice Crew took to the CONSOL Energy Center ice with a renewed vigor. Along with the 10 returning team members from last season, the Ice Crew welcomed five new members into our family; Alyssa, Emily, Lee, Matt and Rhiannon. These five individuals all brought their personalities and skating abilities making a great addition to the team.
“Everything this season was phenomenal,” said Rhiannon, “but I’d have to say the playoffs were my favorite memory. I’d never been to a playoff game before and the crowd was even more incredible than usual.” Watching Geno win the scoring title, witnessing Flower have another 40 win season and seeing Sid come back after his absence were all memories and experiences none of us will soon forget. The ten goals the Pens hung on Philly in game 3 was a new team record, and along with many of you, the Ice Crew and some friends watched that game in front of the big screen outside of CONSOL.
Game 5 was the loudest any of us had ever heard CONSOL Energy Center get. The atmosphere was electric, and you the fans, were the Penguins 6th man. CONSOL Energy Center was amazing that night - an experience that none of us will forget!
Off the ice, the Ice Crew continued its community involvement from last season. We participated in the Pink Ribbon Run at Club One Fitness in Shadyside to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Not long after that, we took a trip to the McGuire home in Moon Township to visit with the residents there. We attended and showed our support at the sixth annual Operation Troop Appreciation Veterans Day 5K run in Hampton Township. To say that we enjoy these types of events would be an understatement; although the main part of our job is to clean the ice during games, the events we get to take part in off of the ice are some of the most fulfilling.
With next season only a few short months away, we’ll be continuing the blog throughout the summer to keep each one of you updated on everything the Ice Crew gets into. Look for us at the NHL Draft taking place June 22-23 and other Penguins events as well. The Penguins will be back, fans, and once again we’ll cheer them all the way until the end, no matter if it’s bitter or sweet. Till next time, Pens fans, take care, have a good summer, and as usual; LGP.