Penguins players make holiday visit to UPMC Children’s Hospital
Pittsburgh Penguins players took some time on Tuesday to visit children, families and staff at UPMC Children’s Hospital decked out in hockey sweaters and Christmas hats while spreading good will.
The players led by Sidney Crosby stopped by several rooms during their annual holiday visit, according to the team .
Crosby said he’s always taken by the strength of the people he meets at the hospital
“It’s not an easy time, especially this time of year and dealing with what they’re dealing with,” he said. “But their families and them individually, just how strong they are and the attitude that they have, I think that always stays with me when I leave.”
Along with Crosby, the one group of Pens included Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen, Derek Grant, Derick Brassard, Jake Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese making the rounds.
While another group consisting of Kris Letang, Casey DeSmith, Riley Sheahan, Dominik Simon, Jack Johnson and Juuso Riikola also roamed the halls.
The team posted photos and video of the visit their Twitter page :
Hornqvist: "It's so cool to see the kid's eyes when we walk in the room. They just light up. I know that makes it special for us. To be able to help out like that gives us some good energy back."
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 6, 2018
HAPPY LAST DAY OF CHEMO, JULIAN!
Thanks for inspiring us with your positive attitude and courage. pic.twitter.com/IUDTij2ulz
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 5, 2018
The team returns to the ice Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena to take on the New York Islanders.
Thursday night is also Superhero Theme Night, which will feature 17 costumed superheroes in the stands. Fans are encouraged to wear their own costumes and Penguins jerseys will be given away to the best-dressed fans (one per period).
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.