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Kansas City to Host Penguins/Kings Exhibition Game

From the Kansas City Star’s Randy Covitz:

On the day the National Hockey League announced that the Atlanta Thrashers would move to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the league awarded Kansas City an exhibition game.

The Los Angeles Kings announced Tuesday that the team would meet the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Sprint Center.

The Kings are owned by AEG, which operates the Sprint Center, and the team will be playing its third exhibition game in Kansas City in four years. The last two games, in 2008 and 2009, were not especially successful as the teams left many star players at home, and in the case of a 2008 game against St. Louis, the Kings played a split-squad game because they had another game in Los Angeles the same night.

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Penguins relinquish rights to prospects Bathgate, Ekbom

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari:

The Penguins are parting ways with two prospects, center Andy Bathgate and defenseman Viktor Ekbom.

They were 2009 draft choices, and had to be signed by June 1 if the Penguins wanted to hold onto them.

Both will go into the talent pool for the draft June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minn.

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Pittsburgh Area’s “Fab Five” Meet at Consol Energy Center

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

The NHL Entry Draft has historically been dominated by Canadian-born players.  And usually, the American-born players that do end up being selected in the draft hail from hockey hotbeds like Minnesota, Massachusetts and Michigan.

But this year, Pittsburgh will be amply represented, as the Steel City is set to have its best NHL draft class ever.  A total of five prospects who grew up playing developmental hockey in the Pittsburgh area – John Gibson (Baldwin), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia), J.T. Miller (E. Palestine, OH/Coraopolis), Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) and Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair) – are ranked among the best players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, set for June 24-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

To top it off, three of those players – Gibson, Saad and Miller – are projected as potential first-round picks.

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Ray Shero: Five Years on the Job

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

“It’s overwhelming, really, when you’ve got so much to do and so much on your plate and now everybody’s looking for you to make a decision,” Shero said. “I remember July 1st of ’06, I was trying to figure out how in the heck we’re going to get from 58 points to try and get back in the league here.”

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Penguins Sign Forward Zach Sill

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Zach Sill to a two-year contract, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Sill, 23, has played the last two seasons in the Penguins organization with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – Pittsburgh’s top minor-league affiliate. In 134 games with WBS, he posted 16 goals, 41 points, 133 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating.

In 2010-11, Sill recorded 11 goals, 30 points, 85 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating while appearing in all 80 games for WBS. He chipped in three points (1G-2A) in 12 postseason games.

The Truro, Nova Scotia native played two years (2007-09) of junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Sill totaled 27 goals, 50 points and 173 penalty minutes in 124 contests for the Wildcats.

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Long-time Pittsburgh Vendor Passes Away

Sad day around Pittsburgh sports today.  Long-time vendor Kenny Geidel, who was a big fan favorite at Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games since 1986, passed away today.  He started vending at Three Rivers Stadium, as well as the Heinz Field, the Civic Arena and then the Consol Energy Center.  For the older folks, he was the “Coke Here” guy at Three Rivers, for the younger generation, he was the “Cotton Candy Heeeee” guy.

RIP Eddie.

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Despres Continues to Impress

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

It could have been tough for Simon Despres to swallow his re-assignment to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) after being the final roster cut from Penguins training camp last September.

But Despres instead viewed his situation as an opportunity for improvement and responded by taking his game to another level, earning the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL’s Best Defenseman and a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships.

“The three goals for him this year were one, having been sent back to try to maintain and elevate his game, because it’s difficult going back to juniors,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said, who is thoroughly impressed with the team’s first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “He probably was ready for the American Hockey League at least, maybe the NHL.

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Coffey: I’d consult on Penguins’ power play

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Mike Palm:

Paul Coffey isn’t interested in coaching in the NHL.

But the Hall of Fame defenseman said Tuesday he’d be willing to consult with the Penguins next season, after an ineffective power play sent the team to an early playoff exit.

“Anything to help anybody,” Coffey said in a phone interview.  “I was going back and forth with Mario (Lemieux) on texts (during the playoffs),” said Coffey, widely considered to be one of the game’s great power-play quarterbacks.

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Team Up with Pond Hockey and Mario Lemieux to Help Kids

From PondHockeyBook.com:

This week, we’re asking our friends in the hockey community to do something special…
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We are teaming up with Mario Lemieux, and the Mario Lemieux Foundation, to help make every child’s hospital stay more comfortable.

From now through May 10th, 100% of the proceeds from sales in our online store directly benefit the Austin’s Playroom Project, establishing cheerful playrooms for children and their families to use during their hospital stays.

We’ve already donated a hard-cover copy of “Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey” to each playroom. Now you can help us do even more. To participate, simply make a purchase in our online store, every order qualifies.

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24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic Receives Sports Emmy Award

From the Penguins:

NEW YORK (May 2, 2011) - Winners for the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards were announced today in New York City at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in Time Warner Center.

24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC received one Sports Emmy Award.  The award is for the following category:

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL

For a complete list of all the winners go to http://www.emmyonline.org/sports

 

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