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Sept. 18, 2012 - Fan of the Day - Meredith R.

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Meredith R.
Poland, OH

How long have you been following the Pens and how did you become a fan?
I have been following the Penguins since 2006. My dad had just got a new job and his boss gave us tickets to a Penguins game. I had a huge test the next day, but we made the hour drive into the city to go to the game and it was AMAZING. I was so mesmerized by the entire experience, being in the Igloo and everything. My dad wanted to leave early to beat the traffic, but I refused and we stayed until the end of the game. The Pens lost, but I was just so excited about the Pens and hockey. I started watching the games on television and following the team. The next year they were much improved, so it was really easy to totally immerse myself in Penguins hockey.
Who is your favorite Penguins player (past or present)?
Sidney Crosby

Tell us about your favorite Penguins memory.
My favorite Penguins memory is a game I attended during 2008. It was the Eastern Conference finals against Philadelphia, and at the end of the second period the Pens were in the offensive zone and pressuring the Flyers like crazy. Then, Malkin broke his stick and the Pens had to carry on with the power play without Malkin having a stick, so the team didn't score, but I could feel the Igloo shaking because everyone was so excited. It was one of my favorite moments at a hockey game. After the period ended, some fan texted to the big screen, ''Flyers best defense is Malkin's broken stick.'' I'll never forget that quote. I'll never forget that game. It was the only playoff game that I've ever attended in person, but it was one of the best Penguins games that I've ever attended. I couldn't believe the energy and the excitement in the building. It was the best.

On game day I usually...
Wear one of my Penguins shirts and a pair of Penguins earrings, make plans to watch the game and rearrange my schedule so that I'm in front of the television when the game starts! LET'S GO PENS!

Congratulations, Meredith! 

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