National and regional events ranging from the USHL Fall Classic to a national sled hockey festival, a girls youth hockey holiday tournament, a women's professional hockey game and the collegiate regional figure skating championships highlight a busy 2017-18 schedule announced today by the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
"We're very excited by the variety of events - from entry-level youth hockey to elite junior hockey and women's professional hockey - that we'll be hosting throughout the season," said Rich Hixon, president of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. "And, of course, we're again proud to host Pittsburgh Penguins training camp and regular-season practices throughout 2017-18."
Activity at the complex gets underway in earnest this weekend with "Hockey Sticks Together Weekend," a unique skills development camp for players participating in sled hockey, blind hockey and special needs hockey. Among the instructors will be Ty Hennes, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Skills Professional, and Dan McCoy, a USA Hockey Paralympic gold medalist.
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex also will host the Kraft Hockeyville USA NHL preseason game between the Penguins and St. Louis Blues on September 24.
Other highlights include:
- The United States Hockey League Fall Classic, a pre-season showcase featuring all 17 USHL teams as well as 32 youth organizations (September 27-October 2).
- A "Sled Hockey/Blind Hockey Festival," involving teams from across the U.S. (October 6-8).
- The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Girls Thanksgiving Classic, with more than 50 Tier I and Tier II girls teams from the U.S. and Canada (November 24-26).
- A National Women's Hockey League regular season game (January 14) as well as an NHL Girls Youth Cup tournament (January 12-14), building on the excitement of last year's NWHL All-Star Weekend at the facility.
- USA Hockey Tier I regional district championships, hosted by Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (March 8-11).
- The Collegiate Regional Figure Skating Championships, held in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University (March 17-18).
- Pittsburgh Penguins training camp will open on September 15. The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions also use the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex as their primary practice facility during the season.
- In addition, the complex is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program.
Click here to see the full local and national events schedule.
For more information about the complex, please go to www.upmclemieuxsportscomplex.com.