Goalie: Billy Gardell
The Swissvale native and comedian made big on shows like Mike and Molly is as Pittsburgh as it gets. A regular on DVE, Gardell loves to talk about the Steelers and Penguins and tweets about both as well. As a bigger guy, we’re employing the strategy to stick him in the net and hope he’ll keep pucks out or the opposition laughing when they’re in earshot.
Left Defense: Michael Keaton
He is Batman. Defender of all that is right, and in this case that’s playing defense for the Pens’ celebrity team.
Michael Keaton is announcing the Hart Trophy winner, you say? We have a good feeling he's rooting for the right guy. pic.twitter.com/25RPFMxXTG— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 23, 2016
Keaton no doubt has big time hockey fan credentials, shouting out the Pittsburgh Hornets (the AHL team that pre-dated the Penguins) while giving this great moment in 2016 at the NHL Awards with Sidney Crosby.
Plus, come on. He’s Batman.
Right Defense: Brett Keisel
As a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, Keisel had a great career playing defense and is at as many hockey games as anyone. He can be on our defense anytime, at 6’5 and 285 no one is going to want to go into a corner with the crazy bearded guy.
Congratulations to the WINNERS of the Keisel/Armstrong challenge raffle! Thank you!— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) February 27, 2019
Mario from San Diego, CA (stick)
Haley from Clymer, PA (stick)
Jenn from Carnegie, PA (jersey)
April from Greensburg, PA (jersey)@ChildrensPgh @armdog @_BigBen7 @MarioLemieuxFdn @penguins pic.twitter.com/0QTQBbkoUv
At this point with a long and successful playing career behind him, Keisel is becoming a local cult hero with his annual “Shear da Beard” charity efforts. And what a majestic beard it is.
Left Wing: Russell Crowe
Crowe has an interesting story on how he became a Pens’ fan. But, like so many of us, it involves Jaromir Jagr.
Yes I am a Penquins fan. Since 1998, met Jagr and Ron Francis prepping for Mystery Alaska.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 20, 2014
Crowe popped up at this year’s playoff game where he was not entertained during a Pens’ loss. (Sorry, couldn’t help it).
Hey, works for us!
Penguins !!!!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 11, 2016
Center: Joe Manganiello
The center of the team is aptly name. It’s the star player, the key piece of the puzzle. Everyone relies on the center and he has to be, well, the centerpiece. Yeah, this guy will do.
Manganiello also lent his vocal talents to narrate one of the absolute best documentaries, “Pittsburgh is home” detailing the turbulent yet triumphant history of the Pens.
Right Wing: Shawn Michaels
On anyone’s short list for the greatest in-ring performer of all time, Shawn Michaels and the Pens got together through Keisel (a hunting buddy). Michaels’ nickname from the early ‘90s on has been the Heartbreak Kid (HBK) which of course is famous to Pens’ fans for the Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel line that helped win two Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.
HBK was a magical time and it was a nice twist to have the original there to join in on the fun.
We already have a lineup, but this is too good to pass up using again. Plum Boro native Elias got some great heat on the Philadelphia crows last summer, suckering them out of no where by mentioning his “friend” Sidney Crosby and the lengthy Flyers Stanley Cup drought. A+ stuff, we will walk (and skate) with Elias anytime.
America’s favorite punter is actually retired from hockey after stepping on the ice one time with RJ Umberger and going top cheddar to score a goal on his first shot, only to leave on top and never come back. So we’ll pencil him in as the man on the street, garbage collector or whatever he’s doing in this hilarious interview and carve out a spot on the squad for him, even if he is the bad luck charm that seemingly only attends games that end up in losses.
Pittsburgh Penguins are going back-to-back-to-back JACK pic.twitter.com/4y31b5SqLa— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 26, 2018
Pretty cool that so many celebs and famous people are big Pens fans too, let us know your favorite ones or if we missed any.