After a great weekend at the MidAm Tournament in Columbus, the 14U, 15U and 16U DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Boys teams are heading to the USA Hockey National Championships!
The 14U Boys team started their undefeated weekend with a 5-2 win over the Ohio Blue Jackets and a 5-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Vengeance on Friday. They sealed their spot in the championship game with a 5-1 win over the Tri-State Spartans the next day. In a thrilling game to clinch their spot at Nationals, the Pens Elite team topped the Cleveland Barons 6-5 in overtime. The team earned their spot at the USA Hockey National Championship in Dallas, Texas from April 28 - May 3.
The 15U Pens Elite squad also had an undefeated district tournament starting with a close 2-1 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Predators. The next day, they won back-to-back games, 3-0 over the Esmark Stars and 3-1 over the Mt. Lebanon Hornets to earn a spot in the decisive championship game. With a spot in Nationals on the line, the Pens Elite team topped the Ohio Blue Jackets in shutout fashion with a 4-0 final score. The 15Us also punched their ticket to Dallas for the USA Hockey National Championship.
The 16U Boys had a dominant weekend with four consecutive victories to also clinch their spot at Nationals. Their first game was a 8-2 win over the Cleveland Barons followed by a 6-2 victory over the Mt. Lebanon Hornets later that same day. The next day, the 16Us topped Gilmour Academy 9-1 to seal a spot in the district championship game. The 16U Pens Elite squad finished off the weekend with a 5-1 win over the Esmark Stars to confirm their spot at Nationals. Maryland Heights, Missouri, near St. Louis, will be the site of the 16U tournament.
Congratulations to all three DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams on this outstanding accomplishment and good luck at Nationals!
As the holidays approach, members of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization have shown their commitment to community service. The PPE organization’s dedication to giving back is a year round commitment but during the holidays, several teams have undertaken initiatives to spread cheer and benefit local organizations and initiatives.
The Pens Elite 2009 Conway team gathered and packed personal care items for 110 residents of the Riverside Care Center. With the holidays coming up, this act of kindness will provide small gifts to residents that will not have any family or friend visitation during this time.
2011/2010 Edwards took part in the Play it Forward Pittsburgh gift drive collection. This initiative is celebrating its 10th year of donating gently used toys to families in need in the Pittsburgh area. Similarly, 2011 Attanucci took part in the Toys for Tots program which donates new toys to less fortunate children in the community each Christmas. The 19U, 16U and 14U Girls teams took part in a toy drive and donated to Moon Police Department, where they provided unwrapped children’s toys and books. 2009 Nelson also took part in a you drive as they shopped for toys to donate to the Northside Commons Missionary toy drive.
The 2006, 15U, 16U and 18U teams participated in the Friendship Bag Project. Together teams were able to provide over 70 small holiday gift packages which will be presented to a child in need in Washington County. The package consisted of a personal item, a small article of clothing, an activity item and an edible item. 10U Tindall provided care packages for sailors stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and also supported the local charity Bethlehem Haven with their care packages.
Thank you to all of our DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams and players for your commitment to serving your community!
This weekend the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization will play host to the 4Clubs Showcase at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The event will take place from October 10-11 and will feature teams in the 15U, 15U and 18U age groups. The teams involved in this event will be Detroit Little Caesars, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Chicago Mission and the hometown Pittsburgh Penguins Elite squads.
The event will kickoff on Saturday, October 11th with the 15U games as Chicago Mission plays the Buffalo Jr. Sabres at 8:00 AM and the Pens Elite 15U team hosts Detroit Little Caesars at 8:15 AM. The 15Us will be in action again later that afternoon at 2:30 when they take on Chicago Mission for the second of that day’s doubleheader. The Buffalo Jr. Sabres will also play Detroit Little Caesars at 3:15 that afternoon. The 15Us will wrap up action the following morning as Detroit Little Caesars takes on Chicago Mission at 8:00 AM and the Pens Elite team squares off with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres at 8:50 AM.
The 16Us will also start game action on Saturday as Chicago Mission and the Buffalo Jr. Sabres are set for the opening game of their age group at 10:00 AM. The 16U Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team will open their weekend schedule with a matchup with Chicago Mission at 4:30 PM. The final game on Saturday will be a tilt between the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and Detroit Little Caesars at 8:30 PM. Sunday will feature three more games in the 16U age range starting with Detroit Little Caesars versus Chicago Mission at 10:00 AM and a matchup of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team and the Buffalo Sabres at 10:50 AM. Finally, in the last game of the weekend, the 16U Pens Elite team will host Detroit Little Caesars at 4:00 PM on Sunday to wrap up the 16U action.
The 18U Prep team will also be in action with three games this weekend. The first of which will be on Saturday morning against Detroit Little Caesars at 10:15 AM. The 18U Chicago Mission team will face off with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres at 12:00 PM that afternoon. Later on Saturday, the 18U age group will feature two more matchups as the Buffalo Jr. Sabres will play Detroit Little Caesars at 6:15 PM and the Pens Elite team has a game against Chicago Mission at 6:30 PM. On Sunday, Detroit Little Caesars and Chicago Mission will wrap up their slate of games when they take the ice at 12:00 PM. The Pens Elite team will have their final test of the weekend when they take on the Buffalo Jr. Sabres at 12:50 PM.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization is proud to host this event this weekend at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Good luck to all the teams involved and we look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh this weekend!