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Pens Elite's Sawyer Commits to Ottawa 67's

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Defenseman Teddy Sawyer of DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite has committed to the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 6-foot, 165-pound defenseman was selected by Ottawa in the third round of the recent OHL draft.

Sawyer split time with the Penguins Elite 15U and 16 U teams this season, producing 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points.

"Teddy is a defender who is an excellent skater and plays an aggressive style," said 67's general manager James Boyd. "We are pleased that the Sawyers chose the 67's for the next phase of Teddy's development and we welcome them to the organization."

Sawyer is the second Penguins Elite player to commit to an OHL team in the past week, joining goaltender Aidan Campbell (Erie Otters).

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NHL Executive Suite Podcast: Jim Rutherford

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Penguins Podcast

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford joins Deb Placey on the NHL's Executive Suite Podcast to talk about a variety of different topics ranging from his playing days to his career as an executive. 

Highlights Include:

  • The evolution of NHL goalies (new masks, off-ice training/eating, coaching)
  • Where his negotiating prowess comes from
  • How he met Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan many years ago
  • What it's like working with Mario Lemieux
  • Jim talking about switching goalie masks when he was traded from Pittsburgh to Detroit
  • Jim Rutherford's son, James, designs his own goalie masks (Pacman and Fortnite themes)

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

Jim Rutherford on getting a new paint job on his goalie mask in Detroit: "When I played in Pittsburgh, I had a blue mask. I got traded from Pittsburgh to Detroit. The first game was in Toronto, Hockey Night in Canada game. So the guy who made my mask in those days, I told him to meet me at the airport. When you are traded, you are always setback and disappointed. So I said to him you know, 'please just paint my mask white. Don't paint it red, just paint it white. Okay?' He came in for the morning skate and he pulled it out of the box and it was white, but he had wings painted over the eyes and I was really upset. We won that night and that was the talk of the game - the wings over the eyes - and so it just carried on from there."

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Pens honor memory of fallen Marine

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Penguins remember Benjamin Hines

NYI@PIT, Gm4: Pens pay tribute to Benjamin Hines

R1, Gm4: The Penguins honor marine Benjamin Hines by having his brother, Brandon, as the hometown hero of the game during the national anthem

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Whenever Phil Kessel would score a goal, Ben Hines would send his brother Brandon the meme of his Team USA headshot surrounded by American flags and bald eagles.

"We just love him," Brandon said. "My brother always wore American flag stuff and he just thought of him as a true American. He was a big fan of his."

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Team Pittsburgh Wins America's Showcase - Again

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

"Team Pittsburgh," featuring twenty players from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, beat Team Texas, 9-2, to win its second straight America's Showcase tournament last week in St. Louis.

Team Pittsburgh went 6-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents, 54-5.

Members of the team were Richie Karapandi (North Allegheny), Danny Stauffer (Pine Richland), Jordan Adams (Cathedral Prep), JC Bele (Bethel Park), Ryan Brown (Connellsville), Tanner Daniels (General McLane), Nicholas Frantz (Meadville), Wyatt George (Mt. Lebanon), Jared Gerger (Hempfield), Jake Kruszewski (Cathedral Prep), Hunter Partsch (Westmont Hilltop), Corbin Ragno (Westmont Hilltop), Oldrich Virag (Franklin Regional), Vincent Vituccio (Bethel Park), Tyler Duderstadt (North Allegheny), Dustin Geregach (Montour), Andrew Jacobs (Conneaut), Jeremy Jenkins (Beaver Area), Jordan Rosenbaum (Pine Richland), and Ross Zofcin (Baldwin).

The head coach was Paul Bonetti (Chartiers Valley) and assistants were Justin Glock (Baldwin) and Clay Shell (Montour). Gina Colligan was general manager.

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Penguins Sign Forward Oula Palve to a One-Year, Entry-Level Contract

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Oula Palve (pronounced OH-la Pal-VAY) to a one-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

His entry-level deal is for the 2019-20 campaign and it is a two-way contract.

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Pens Elite's Campbell Signs With Erie Otters

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Less than two weeks after helping the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U team to the USA Hockey national championship, goaltender Aidan Campbell has signed with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Campbell, 16, from Cranberry Township, stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead Pens Elite to a 2-1 victory over Yale in the national championship game on April 8. In 28 regular season games, he posted a 0.69 goals-against average and .944 save percentage with eight shutouts.

The 6-foor-4, 181-pound prospect also played two games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team. He was Erie's 12th round draft pick in 2018.

"Aidan has progressed nicely over the course of the season and experienced a great deal of success with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U program," said Erie general manager Dave Brown. "Aidan is blessed with great physical tools and combines it with an unmatchable determination, which has allowed him to continue his development at a rapid pace. He has succeeded at every challenge he's faced and done so in impressive fashion, culminating with his team's national championship."

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Rutherford and Sullivan 2019 Locker Cleanout Transcript

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Rutherford & Sullivan (04.18.19)

Rutherford and Sullivan speak to the media

General Manager Jim Rutherford and Head Coach Mike Sullivan speak with the media

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Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Sullivan met with the media on locker cleanout day. Here is the full transcript of their remarks.

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State of the Team

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Sullivan met with the media following the team's locker room clean out day. Here are the biggest takeaways from that session…

* Rutherford will take time to assess the roster before making any changes

* Rutherford believes the team has tradable assets if needed

* Rutherford doesn't think this locker room ever came together as a team 

* Rutherford believes the Pens lacked eagerness, determination against Islanders

* Rutherford thought the team played its best in March

* Sullivan, coaches will assess strategy, style and tactics in offseason

* Sullivan felt team's biggest flaw was inconsistency in being hard to play against; believes that's the missing part of team identity

* Sullivan's goal is to get 100-percent buy-in on that portion of team identity

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Inside Scoop: Locker Cleanout Day 2019

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' locker cleanout day on Thursday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex...

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Snap Shots: Isles 3, Pens 1

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Thoughts, musings, and observations from the Pens' 3-1 loss against the Islanders in Game 4.

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