Penguins preseason game moved from “Hockeyville” winner
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh ice rink that won the right to host a Pittsburgh Penguins preseason contest will instead have to settle for a ticketed practice by the Stanley Cup champions after the facility was deemed unfit to host an NHL game.
Rostraver Ice Rink in Belle Vernon — about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh — won an online contest sponsored by Kraft to receive $150,000 worth of arena upgrades as well as a preseason game between the Penguins and the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 24.
Kraft announced on Wednesday it was moving the game from Rostraver Ice Rink to the Penguins’ practice facility in Cranberry — about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Members of the Belle Vernon community and youth hockey players from Rostraver Ice Garden will receive the majority of the game tickets.
The rink will still receive the upgrades. The Penguins will hold a practice at Rostraver on Sept. 24 as part of four days of festivities. Pittsburgh plans to bring its game-night entertainment operation — including music, videos, anthem singer Jeff Jimerson, P.A. announcer Ryan Mill and the Penguins Ice Crew — to a Rostraver youth hockey game that week.