Friday, August 6, 2010

New Display Opens At Arena

The Pittsburgh Penguins today named the members of an “All-Time Team” and unveiled an interactive display honoring the player, fans and each of the three cups in the team’s history. The bank of touch screens is located just inside the entrance on Center Avenue. That area is open to the public during business hours. Each of the 15 players has his own screen where fans can get stats, see pictures and watch highlights. Two additional screens feature some of the most influential coaches; general managers, executives and support staff members in team history as well as the fans. Another wall features three Stanley Cups which visitors can manipulate on the screen to zoom in on the names of the players and see highlights of all the Pens championship seasons. Fans and a panel of media and team officials selected the players on the All-Time Team. Active NHL players were not eligible. The team includes hall of fame players Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Joe Mullen and Larry Murphy. Other members of the team are Syl Apps, Tom Barrasso, Les Binkley, Dave Burrows, Jaromir Jagr, Rick Kehoe, Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost, Kevin Stevens and Ulf Samuelsson. Pierre Larouch, who still lives in the South Hills, says he is honored to be part of the dream team, “it completes my career.” He says it will be a great way for the younger fans to learn about the history of the team. Pens President David Morehouse says since they do not get to keep the Stanley Cup having a virtual version is the next best thing. Fans can spin the cup, zoom in on player’s names and even see highlights of the championship series. Morehouse says he is a bit worried people may try to kiss the cup, “we are going to have to clean the screens in this display quite a lot.” As he scans the names of the player sin the Al-Time team Morehouse calls the collection of talent “awesome.” “When you look at that team and then look at the current players we have, it is rare in sports to have that kind of talent in one city.” Says Morehouse, “We have been very fortunate to have the kind of players we have had come through Pittsburgh.”
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