UnitedHealthcare Health insurance that includes all Western PA hospitals
Wednesday May 25 2016
Leave this field empty.

Fans Turnout to See Pens Scrimmage

PSR Logo
Mid-summer hockey a hit with Pens fans

On a muggy July afternoon in Pittsburgh, Penguins’ fans were treated to an ice-cold refreshment they had been craving since mid-April. Thousands of fans turned out to see the scrimmage that punctuated the Penguins’ week-long development camp, which featured defensemen Simon Despres, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington, Olli Maata and Derrick Pouliot, along with forwards Beau Bennett, Teddy Blueger and Matia Marcantuoni, among others. Admission to the game was free.


“I couldn’t believe the traffic out front trying to get into the parking lot,” Tom Fitzgerald said. “I think (the prospects) were surprised at the number of fans. I think it’s fantastic that the fans come out like that to watch what is in the cupboard and what’s coming down the road here.”


Campers may have been surprised, maybe even intimidated, but they still thrived with an audience.


“It was a fun atmosphere to plan in,” Blueger said. “To see that many people come out and watch and support us – it was fun.”


Despres, who was on the winning White Team and has played in Pittsburgh during the regular season, also enjoyed the crowd.


“They were great,” he said. “They were very loud…some of the best fans in the league, for sure.”


The game was split up into two 25-minute halves, separated by a shootout, so fans got to see future NHL stars’ talents on full display.


Morrow, who received thunderous applause for his shootout goal, enjoyed the support, especially since the prospects aren’t yet, and may never be, actual Penguins.


“We’re not the Pittsburgh Penguins,” he said. “We may be in the future, but even to just have that many fans come out just for prospects…it really makes you appreciate the places you play in.”


Harrington, participating in his second development camp, was still impressed with the turnout.


“Last year I was surprised,” he said. “I had no idea that there were going to be so many people, and I think there were even more this year. It’s really nice to see.”

Share
It's probably appropriate that Ayanna Townsend earned the CoGo's High School Sports Unsung Hero Award as a sophomore.
Feature OneHigh SchoolPress Room
After an eventful offseason, the Pirates went to Bradenton last month to get ready for the 2016 season. Did Neal Huntington assemble a team that can compete with the Cubs and Cardinals, or did the Bucs take a step backwards?
Feature TwoNorth Shore Notes
Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle met with the media at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings before the opening of Spring Training.
Feature ThreeNorth Shore Notes
One of the criteria for the CoGo's High School Sports Unsung Hero award is leadership. Whether it's in the context of sports, academics or in the community, the award honors student-athletes who distinguish themselves as leaders.
Feature FourHigh School
PSR VIDEO
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Steelers TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3PSR Video PiratesPirates TV Channel
Spring has arrived. The long cold winter is behind us, and so too are the grueling mid-season months that set up the NHL for its stretch run. Here are the teams that have emerged from the marathon and are well-positioned to make their bids for Lord Stanley.
Blue LineCustom 1
The NHL Playoffs are quickly approaching, and the Penguins are battling a spot at the Eastern Conference table. Here are three reasons why they will make a playoff run, and three reasons why they won’t.
Blue LineCustom 2
Whenever a hockey team changes coaches mid-season, it’s fair to look at the season in two parts. The beginning of the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins campaign was the end of the Mike Johnston era and the remainder marked the beginning of Mike Sullivan’s tenure as head coach.
Blue LineCustom 3
Sure, making the playoffs would be nice, but is it really in the Penguins’ best interests?
Blue LineCustom 4