Dubas' Decision: Penguins' Coach and Captain Key in President Hire
Conversations with Mike Sullivan and Sidney Crosby were 'paramount' in Kyle Dubas coming to Pittsburghby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
After meeting with Penguins ownership about coming to Pittsburgh, Kyle Dubas felt it would be beneficial to speak with two very important people in the organization: the coach and the captain.
He wanted to get a sense for where Mike Sullivan and Sidney Crosby felt the Penguins were at and where the Penguins were going, and those conversations were incredibly productive, as they ended up being paramount in Dubas' decision to come on board as president of hockey operations.
Timeline: How Kyle Dubas Ended Up In Pittsburghby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
After making changes to management April 14, the day after Pittsburgh's season ended, the Penguins immediately began searching for new leadership, undergoing a thorough process that cumulated with Kyle Dubas being named President of Hockey Operations.
"I think the process was a massive success, because we're sitting here right now with Kyle," said Co-Head of Fenway Sports Management and Pittsburgh Penguins Alternate Governor Dave Beeston. "So, we were really happy. We ran a robust search, as everyone was aware of. We took our time, because we wanted to get it right, not do it quickly. So, I think we're really, really happy with the way it ended up."
Here's how the home-run hiring came together.
The Penguins Got Their Guy
Kyle Dubas was impressive during his first media availability with Pittsburgh - here's what the new President of Hockey Operations had to sayby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
It has been a GREAT day for hockey here in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins got their guy.
The team was thrilled to announce that Kyle Dubas has been named President of Hockey Operations, a home-run hire for the organization after a robust search. He truly embodies all of the qualities valued in a leader at the Penguins and within Fenway Sports Group, starting with his intelligent, forward-thinking hockey mind that has earned him a stellar reputation in the league.
In this role, the 37-year-old will oversee all aspects of the Penguins hockey operations department, including establishing the strategic vision and philosophy for the franchise. Dubas spoke about that and more when he met with the media this afternoon at PPG Paints Arena. Below are some key takeaways.
Penguins Name Kyle Dubas President of Hockey Operationsby Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that Kyle Dubas has been named President of Hockey Operations. Dubas becomes just the second person to hold this position in the history of the franchise.
P.O Joseph and Team Canada Win Gold at the 2023 IIHF World Championshipby Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release
Penguins defenseman P.O Joseph and Team Canada took home gold at the 2023 IIHF World Championship in Sunday's 5-2 win versus Germany. This marked Joseph's first time representing Canada at an international level.
Amanda Kessel: Balancing Front Office Duties with Hockey Stardomby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
Right after Amanda Kessel helped lead Team USA to gold at the 2023 IIHF Women's World Championship, she was back in the office, resuming her duties as an Executive Fellow with the Penguins.
Balancing this role with her training as a professional women's hockey player over the past year has been a unique experience - one that's exciting, exhausting, and ultimately rewarding.
Penguins at the World Championship: Preliminary Round Wrapupby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
A trio of Penguins have played a part in Team USA making history at the 2023 IIHF World Championship in Tampere, Finland and Riga, Latvia.
Penguins Reveal Plans for Premium Casamigos Club at PPG Paints Arena
Penguins and Casamigos Announce Multi-Year Partnershipby Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced a multi-year partnership with Casamigos tequila and revealed new renderings of the premium Casamigos Club, highlighting enhancements coming to PPG Paints Arena in the fall of 2023.
"Casamigos Club is sure to become the top premium sports and concert asset in Pittsburgh," said Kevin Acklin, Penguins President of Business Operations. "We are excited to partner with Casamigos to bring a unique and immersive experience for our hockey fans and concert guests and continue to promote PPG Paints Arena as a world-class destination for our city and region."
Inside Scoop: Eastern Conference Final Playoff Memoriesby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
The Penguins made the playoffs for 16 consecutive seasons from 2007-22. It had been the longest active streak in all of the major North American professional sports leagues, and no NHL team was more dominant over that stretch. In addition to their three Stanley Cups, Pittsburgh piled up 768 regular-season wins and 103 playoff victories.
The team is celebrating that incredible run by sharing some of the top moments from each round over the years. In addition to the video for Round 2, team reporter Michelle Crechiolo - who has been with the Penguins since the 2010-11 campaign - shares some of her own personal favorite memories that she's experienced during her time with the team, in written form.
The Round 1 video is here, and the Round 1 feature is here.
"Boys, It Looks Like We've Got A Night Ahead Of Us"
Pro golfer Justin Thomas recounts a hilarious evening of restaurant one-upmanship and flip cup with Sidney Crosby and the Penguinsby Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter
Pictured above, from left to right: Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Sidney Crosby
Justin Thomas is one of the best golfers in the world, looking to defend his PGA Championship title this weekend at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
The native of Louisville, Kentucky also happens to be a big hockey fan, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are his team. So, when he spotted Sidney Crosby at a restaurant in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, Thomas was pumped.