Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins resumed an annual tradition dating back to the 1970’s when they visited UPMC Children’s Hospital yesterday.
The tradition was on pause for the past several years amid the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions related to the virus.
The players did their best to spread cheer through virtual visits and coming in smaller groups, “but there is nothing like having the entire team walk through the doors at the hospital and know that they are here for the one purpose of making our kids smile today,” said Rebecca Desmond, special events coordinator for the hospital’s Child Life Department.
Penguins players stopped by the hospital yesterday after practice and chatted with kids and families, took pictures, signed autographs, and even gave out gifts!
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Rickard Rakell, Marcus Pettersson, and P.O. Joseph were among the players there to help boost the spirits of the patients.
From joking about gaming to painting ornaments and getting stuffed animals and other toys, it was certainly a day that the kids at the hospital won’t forget.