September 18, 2011

Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Hockey



Monte W. Holland

Consol Energy Center: Pittsburgh, PA

     Early Saturday morning a friend and I ventured to the Consol Energy Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to watch an open-to-the-public Pittsburgh Penguin practice. A few thousand people gathered there with us.

     Yes, practice! The hockey players were separated into Group A, Group B, and Group C.  At 9:00 a.m. we watched group Group A practice. At 10:00 a.m. Group A played a game against Group B. At 11:00 a.m. Group B practiced.

  Finally, at noon players in Group C began to arrive. First, there were cheers for Arron Asham and Matt Cooke as they came down the tunnel. Then Sidney Crosby appeared and the arena broke loose in a standing ovation—a standing ovation for showing up to the first day of practice!

     However, Sidney has been out of the game since he experienced two concussions in January games. Some people, including myself, wondered (more…)

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