Pittsburgh area youth hockey players will have a chance to transfer ice from their own community rinks to the ice surface at PPG Paints Arena in a joint promotion by the Penguins and corporate partner Evoqua Water Technologies.
Three-ounce branded vials will be sent to local youth hockey associations, and youth players will be asked to collect ice-shavings from their home rinks in early September. The vials containing the melted ice will be collected at the Penguins' annual Free Game for Kids on September 28, when the Pens play Buffalo in a preseason game at PPG Paints Arena.
After that game, the vials will be filtered through an Evoqua system, poured into the Evoqua Zamboni and smoothed into the PPG Paints ice surface.
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"We know how much passion local youth hockey players have for the sport and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and this gives them a chance to infuse that passion into the ice surface where the Penguins play," said Snehal Desai, Chief Growth Officer at of Evoqua.
"Teaming up with Evoqua Water Technologies has helped us create a unique program that underscores the already very strong connection between the Penguins and youth hockey," said Terry Kalna, Senior VP of Sales and Broadcasting for the Penguins.
Later in the season, Penguins players will collect ice shavings from PPG Paints Arena in similar vials, and they will be delivered back to the community rinks - literally transferring the energy of the Penguins' home ice to local arenas.
Evoqua is an industry leader in mission-critical water solutions and is headquartered in Pittsburgh.