Kukla's Korner Hockey
by brianmetzer on 09/12/11 at 04:43 PM ET
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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