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Celebrate PI's Birthday Month!

The year has gone by so quickly and we invite you to celebrate with us. Stay tuned for contests with great prizes for lucky readers throughout the month of April!

3rd Annual Hockey Kicks Cancer

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Writer of the Month: Sean Griffin

Sean Griffin join PensInitiative months ago and has quickly become one of the most popular writers on staff.

Rob Ullman

This week in Penguin's history with illustrator Rob Ullman. Check out his store under SHOP for hockey, comics, and pinups.

Hang Out With The Pros

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Pittsburgh should be excited about Patric Hornqvist By: @LuigiLemieux

Pittsburgh should be excited about Patric Hornqvist



Although it is still July and the sound of skates scraping ice is still a seemingly distant idea, Pittsburgh fans are already pining for October and eagerly awaiting the unveiling of our “new look” Penguins squad. Among the many changes we have seen the one that excites me more than any other may be the addition of Patric Hornqvist as a result of a trade sending second line winger James Neal to the Nashville Predators.

The blockbuster trade has been the subject of much discussion. Who won? Who lost?

Both won. For very different reasons.

A look at Kasperi Kapanen And The Rest Of the Pens' Young Forwards by @MadChad and @H_P_Hockey


The Pittsburgh Penguins' rookie development camp has come and gone, and now it's time to take a hard look at what transpired during the week. During the scrimmage, I had the privalage to check up with Tony Androckitis, who covers the Wilkes/Barre Baby Pens for HighlandParkHockey.com 

PI Exclusive: DK on Pittsburgh Sports, Change and the Future


Monday morning the Pittsburgh Sports media scene was rocked by a seismic change. Dejan Kovacevic, columnist for the Trib, announced he was resigning from the newspaper to devote himself to a new online subscription-based venture. “DK on Pittsburgh Sports” will be a multi-media one stop place for sports fans to gather facts and leave opinions.

Dejan was kind enough to give Pens Initiative a first opportunity to talk with him about this exciting new journey. 

 PI:  This is a huge and risky change. Did you mull it over for a long time or did it evolve quickly?

DK:  Is it risky? I guess so, if it’s done without safeguards. The major corporate sponsor I’m expecting to announce next week really ensures a solid takeoff to the project. That’s so important. (Especially with two kids to feed!) I honestly don’t feel it’s nearly as risky as, say, continuing to focus about 80 percent of my energy into print newspapers, which have been on an ominous downward decline for decades now.

Rick Tocchet and Steve Downie Reunited in Pittsburgh by @ChicksDigHockey




Rick Tocchet knows all about being a bad ass. Search him on YouTube and you can find enough scrums to keep you occupied all day.  No one would ever accuse Tocchet of being a goon but he began his career mainly known as a fighter. He worked hard to hone his skills and became known as a power forward who also happened to take zero crap. He topped the 30-goal mark four straight years for the Flyers and helped the club come within a game of winning the Stanley Cup in 1987. 

Steve Downie began his career as a crazy bad ass. Downie was selected in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Not long after being drafted, Downie was suspended for five games early in the 2005–06 OHL season for an on-ice altercation with teammate Akim Aliu. During a practice on September 28, 2005, Downie blindly cross-checked Aliu in the face without warning, knocking out 3 of his teeth. Downie was ordered to undergo professional counseling.  

The New Bottom Six by @pghgirl15222

Volunteers Needed for the Schaab Memorial Softball Tournament / Home Run Derby by @DXTraeger



Umpires and volunteers are still needed for the 3rd Annual Schaab Memorial Softball Tournament in Harrison City, PA (by Penn Trafford High School).  This year's tournament will be held next Sunday, July 27th, with a rainout date of Sunday, August 3rd.

Mike Schaab and Nancy Schaab were both tragically murdered as a result of gun violence. Mike was shot and killed when returning from his lunch break at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic on March 8, 2012. Nancy was killed only 16 months earlier on October 24, 2010. 

This 32-team, 1 day tournament is held each year to honor their memory, as they both loved to play softball.

The foundation has raised close to $40,000 over the past two years.  Without the support and efforts of our staff, this event could not possibly take place, so everyone is welcome to volunteer and participate!

Proceeds from the tournament fund a college scholarship for a local high school student who will attend the University of Pittsburgh, Mike's Alma Mater. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit other local charities, including (but not limited to) the Animal Rescue League, the Penn Trafford Recreation Commission, and the Penn Trafford Athletic Association.

This year, the tournament will feature a HOME RUN DERBY (with a cash prize) open to everyone, including non-players!  In addition, we will have NEW CONCESSION STAND TREATS and will also be bringing back our silent auction, basket raffle, and many more exciting games.

Those interested in attending or volunteering can sign up at the Tournament Website, or can email Michael Traeger.  Also, follow us on Twitter @SchaabTourney!

We hope to see everyone on Sunday!  Good luck to all of our players!




Sticks to Clubs Golf Event (@YTownPhantoms) Date Set by @ToonsBrian

Per the Youngstown Phantoms, the Sticks To Clubs Youngstown Phantoms Golf Outing has been set to take place on Monday, August 4th at The Lake Club in Poland, OH.
 

Are Crosby and the Penguins Playing with Fire? by @PandaPSU


(Photo courtesy of NHL.com)

Almost one week ago, we found out that Sidney Crosby would undergo surgery on his wrist to repair an undisclosed injury. News came out earlier today that after seeking further medical advice, Crosby would not need surgery. He will continue to undergo treatment and be monitored leading up to training camp in September.

Penguins VS Rangers: Metro Rivalry Revisited. by @ChicksDigHockey




When the Metropolitan division debuted in the fall of 2013 it was no surprise that the Penguins were the favorites to take it all. They dominated the east in the 2012 regular season. Surely, the early dismissal by Boston in the previous playoffs was an anomaly. 

After the Boston debacle, Ray Shero had tinkered with the coaching staff by adding defensive-minded Jacques Martin. He brought back Rob Scuderi to provide some veteran depth and shore up the defense. These changes appeared to have the Pens on track to make a run for the cup despite being injury-ridden and limping into the playoffs. 

But then the Rangers happened... from the bottom of the playoff heap they charged in.


Even though the Pens had 3 victories in hand, the Rangers rallied to take the series in 7 games. In the 89-year history of the franchise, New York had never rallied from being down three games to one in a Stanley Cup playoff series...but they did against the Pens.

Sidney Crosby: The Decision (a fable)

The majority of people who are reading this are for the most part sports fans. I say "for the most part" because while it may be implied that you came to read an article on a hockey website, you still may only be a fan of the Penguins. For that matter, you may simply be a fan of Crosby and/or Malkin by default being born and raised in Pittsburgh.

But assuming you are in fact a devoted sports fan, and particularly a Penguins fan, you know what it means to root for (arguably) the best player in the sport. It would be unthinkable, nay, unimaginable to see Sidney Crosby even considering another team...but what if that were a possibility?

With all the hoopla surrounding LeBron James, I want to hear from the masses among Penguins fans to see what they would think if in fact this was #87 waiting to make "the Decision."

Imagine if you will that it was last summer and Sid has not agreed to a contract extension because he wanted to keep his options open. Despite being the greatest thing to happen to the Penguins (some may even hockey in general) since Lemiuex, his childhood dream was to always play for the Montreal Canadiens. After all, his father was drafted by this team. Most kids from Canada (except Ryan Noble) only dream of playing for the team they grew up watching and loving. He's won two gold medals and captained the most recent one. The man IS hockey in Canada.

Picture it:

The media is swarming around whether Sid will remain in Pittsburgh or if he will abandon the team and city of Pittsburgh for the Les Habitants. Fans are hostile. Pens fans is on edge, nay, suicide watch. Pat Brisson is trending on every conceivable social media outlet. Teenage girls are making videos like this. ESPN makes it one of their their most important headline (second only to LeBron lunch).

But what about you? What would you be doing? How would YOU feel if Crosby left us?

# NAME TWITTER POSITION DOB BIRTH PLACE
7 BETH MYNCIN
Beth Myncin
@pghgirl15222 SCHEDULER/WRITER 7/1 PITTSBURGH, PA
20 BRANDON MARINACCI
Brandon Marinacci
@brandon20m TWITTER MANAGER 12/30 PITTSBURGH, PA
17 BRIAN BLYSTONE
Brian Blystone
@toonsbrian PODCAST/WEBMASTER/WRITER 12/2 GIRTY, PA
8 CHAD DIETZ
Chad Dietz
@pgh_hockey_dad REDDIT/TWITTER 4/8 PITTSBURGH, PA
69 CHAD NOLAN
"Mad Chad" Nolan - 412SportsTalk.com
@madchad412 PODCAST/FEATURED WRITER 11/7 MUNHALL, PA
48 CHRISTOPHER BARRON
Christopher Barron
@chrisrbarron WRITER/PROMOTION 12/15 WATERVILLE, ME
24 DAMIAN ROMANO
Damian Romano
@jagrmeister FOUNDER/WEBMASTER/WRITER 10/28 RAVENA, NY
88 DYLAN O'BRIEN
Dylan O'Brien
@pitmound WRITER/FANTASY EXPERT 7/30 PITTSBURGH, PA
12 EXCITED BOB ERREY
"Excited" Bob Errey
@excitedboberrey FEATURED WRITER 1/23
1/23, kid
PITTSBURGH, PA
44 IAN INSECT
Ian Insect - construxnunchux.com
@construxnunchux CONSULTANT/PROOFREADER 10/25 PITTSBURGH, PA
86 JIM MEINECKE
Jim Meinecke
@pandapsu FEATURED WRITER 8/6 JOHNSTOWN, PA
64 KYLE FRITZ
Kyle Fritz
@luigilemieux FEATURED WRITER 3/27 FT LAUDERDALE, FL
79 LEE CJ SOBOTKA
Lee CJ Sobotka
@lcjs FEATURED WRITER 10/11 GIBSONIA, PA
87 LIZ
Liz
@chicksdighockey FACEBOOK/FEATURED WRITER 5/3 PITTSBURGH, PA
14 MICHAEL TRAEGER @DXTraeger FEATURED WRITER 10/10 PITTSBURGH, PA
11 MIKE "BUZZSAW" ASTI
Mike "Buzzsaw" Asti - ChampsSportsNetwork.com
@mikeasti11 PODCAST 1/26 PITTSBURGH, PA
22 NICK CASE
Nick Case - CaseAndPointSports.com
@nick422 PODCAST MANAGER/WRITER 4/22 CARNEGIE, PA
5 NICOLE TRACEY
Nicole Tracey
@hockeynicole FACEBOOK MANAGER 11/15 PITTSBURGH, PA
21 PAUL CLEMENTE
Paul Clemente - ConstruxNunchux.com
@evil_shero FOUNDER/MANAGER/WRITER 5/26 PITTSBURGH, PA
10 ROBERT ULLMAN
Robert Ullman - AtomBombBikini.net
@robullman ILLUSTRATOR/WRITER 11/23 WARREN, OH
18 RYAN NOBLE
Ryan Noble - ConstruxNunchux.com
@ryannoble66 SCHEDULING MANAGER/WRITER 9/8 TORONTO, ON
3 RYAN VALDISERRI
Ryan Valdiserri - TheClassyYinzer.com
@theclassyyinzer MERCHANDISE 9/14 MT LEBANON, PA
27 SEAN GRIFFIN
Sean Griffin
@griffthw FEATURED WRITER 5/5 RICHMOND, VA
29 TIM CURRAN
Tim "TJ" Curran
@toonsjack PODCAST 11/1 ST. LOUIS, MO