As part of the ongoing 50th year celebration of the Pittsburgh Penguins, tomorrow night's game against the Lightning will honor members of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion team. Some of the boys are in town and took in the 2017 version of the team at practice today at the arena.
Oh hey 2009 team! pic.twitter.com/8CSgNdP2Fq— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 7, 2017
Some of these guys never even got to play in
Consol err PPG Paints as a Penguin, so getting to see the still new-ish digs and the spacious locker-room and fancy player areas must have been such a culture shock from the rat-infested Civic Arena.
The boys are back in town. pic.twitter.com/hsu6GWAIN9— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 7, 2017
As the big guy noted, it ended up being a chilly weekend for the alums to come back to Western PA.
8 degrees Fahrenheit in Pittsburgh. #ElNino— Hal Gill (@Skillsy75) January 7, 2017
And so much has changed..
Gill: "You have a kid now?"— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 7, 2017
Gill: "You have two?"
Letang: "Just one...and a puppy." pic.twitter.com/8O94xJbVKK
Hard to remember, but in 2008-09, Letang was a 21/22 year old playing his first full NHL season and almost exclusively on the 3rd pair. A world away from the Letang of 2017 who is well-established as an NHL player (and father/husband!)
And, hey, even halfway across the world nice to see that Max Talbot (playing over in Russia in the KHL this season) was still able to use technology to catch up with the boys via an assist to Kris Letang.
As Ray Shero's dad said, win a championship and you walk together forever. Nice to get a glimpse of all these old friends catching up and remembering the glory they shared.
Reunited and it feels so good. pic.twitter.com/IlkbWPj6Dz— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 7, 2017