Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/05 at 05:44 PM ET
On Saturday at Mellon Arena, the Penguins raised $26,700 to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region through various autograph sessions during the team’s training camp tournament and practices. “To me that’s great. It’s a little thing and hopefully that is going to help a lot,” Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. “We, meaning the American public, can’t forget – we need to continue to support them because we are always the first to help other people outside of the country, but we need to help our people now.” Individual autograph sessions included Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. Tickets for those sessions were $40. Two group autograph sessions were held featuring Mark Recchi, Rico Fata, Marc-Andre Fleury and Sergei Gonchar in one group and Jocelyn Thibault, Ryan Malone, Ziggy Palffy and Dick Tarnstrom in the other. Fans could purchase tickets to those sessions for $20 per group. In addition, the Penguins raffled off a team-autographed hockey stick.
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