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Led By Crosby, 14 Penguins Players Deliver Season Tickets

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Those of you who have read my blogs over the years know that I have always been very complimentary of how the Pittsburgh Penguins treat their fans… at least most of the time anyway.

They have always done a number of things to make the fans feel involved such as having town hall meetings to keep them posted on the rebuild that went on a few years back, generous giveaways such as the popular “Shirts off their Backs” promotion that sees every Penguins’ player give away his game used jersey to a fan during a post-game ceremony following the final home game of the regular season and much more.

In keeping with that theme of giving, five years ago the Penguins were one of the first NHL teams to have their players hand-deliver season ticket packages to their season ticket holders. That tradition continued this afternoon as Sidney Crosby and 14 of his Penguins’ teammates delivered over thirty sets of season tickets to their destinations.

“It’s such a great way for our players to personally reach out to season ticket holders, who are the backbone of our franchise,” said David Morehouse, CEO of the Penguins. “We’re fortunate to have so many guys who enjoy interacting with our fans in this unique way.”

Can you imagine the glee of hearing a knock at the door only to realize that it isn’t some annoying encyclopedia salesman, but Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or Marc-Andre Fleury with your season tickets en tow. It is likely the moment of a lifetime as the player spends time with your friends and family signing autographs, posing for pictures and in some cases enjoying your fresh baked cookies.

In addition to Crosby, Malkin and Fleury, season tickets were delivered by the following players: Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, James Neal, Zbynek Michalek, Paul Martin and Deryk Engelland.

Mario Lemieux, David Morehouse and Ray Shero have long run this team as if it and its fans are one big happy family and promotions like this hammer the point home.

The 14-delivery Pens along with the rest of the team will report for training camp on Friday afternoon at the Consol Energy Center. The first two practices sessions – Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 at CONSOL Energy Center – will be open to the public, free of charge.

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OneSmugPug's avatar

Wait, what? The Pens conduct business so soon after the 9/11 anniversary? Where’s the respect?

Posted by OneSmugPug on 09/12/11 at 04:50 PM ET

Tony's avatar

I’m gonna have to change my avatar to my pug….

It’s nice to see that many other NHL teams have now followed the Penguins’ lead in delivering season tickets this way….

If you’re passionate enough to be a season ticket holder, having a Penguins deliver those season tickets would be icing on the cake…..

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 09/12/11 at 04:55 PM ET

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Having Brooks Orpik knock on your door has to be only marginally less disconcerting than having, like, Freddy Krueger do the same.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/12/11 at 05:38 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Matt Cooke, true to his form, walked in through people’s back doors without knocking to deliver his tickets.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/12/11 at 05:43 PM ET

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@Steviesteve THOSE EYES!


Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 05:46 PM ET

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@J.J from Kansas… you are giving him too much credit. I am sure he just hit the adoring fan with the tickets as if it was a ring bell in the WWE…

Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 05:47 PM ET

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Another…

Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 05:48 PM ET

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Last one… and the scariest…

Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 05:56 PM ET

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@J.J from Kansas… you are giving him too much credit. I am sure he just hit the adoring fan with the tickets as if it was a ring bell in the WWE…

Posted by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 03:47 PM ET

Haha.  Then when the fans complain about it, Dan Bylsma tells them it’s their own fault for leaving their doors unlocked.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/12/11 at 06:09 PM ET

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God, dude. I’m getting nightmares already.

I picture this guy sitting in his garage in the dark with a shotgun all summer just praying someone would be dumb enough to dare egg his house.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/12/11 at 06:10 PM ET

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Did Crosby hold a press conference announcing he was doing this?  Since the world seems to have the need to know to know every minute detail of his life this summer I think he should.  Maybe Wyshynski can devote all his posts to let us know what street he’s delivering on at the moment..

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 09/12/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 09/12/11 at 04:13 PM ET

Seriously Wyshynski, you stink!

Posted by NathanBC on 09/12/11 at 06:54 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

The Pens do eveything right. cool smirk

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 09/12/11 at 08:41 PM ET

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