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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and five other Penguins prospects will attend the team’s orientation camp this week.

It will be the first trip to Pittsburgh for Crosby, the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft on July 30.

The prospects will meet with Penguins coaches and hockey staff members and undergo medical exams and fitness testing. They will arrive in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and go through their testing procedures on Thursday and Friday. The fitness testing will be conducted at the UPMC Sports Medicine facility on the South Side.

“We did this for the first time in the summer of 2003, and we believe it’s a good way for some of our young prospects to come into town and get to know a little bit about our organization and our city before training camp,” Penguins general manager Craig Patrick said. “We’ll put them through a series of tests, and they’ll also have a chance to meet with our coaches and trainers.”

The Penguins will have media availability for the players on Thursday.

In addition to Crosby, others scheduled to attend the orientation are center Ryan Stone (2nd round, 2003), defenseman Noah Welch (2nd round, 2001), defenseman Ryan Lannon (8th round, 2002), center Jordan Morrison (7th round, 2004) and defenseman Jean-Philippe Paquet (6th round, 2005).

Stone finished second in the Western Hockey League in assists (66) and points (99) in 70 games with Brandon this season. Welch was a first-team All-American as a senior at Harvard.


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