Fans Fired Up For Winter Classic

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A pep rally was held downtown Thursday afternoon to pump up Pittsburgh Penguins fans for Saturday’s Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals.

Hundreds of people showed up for the rally that began at noon in front of Primanti’s in Market Square.

“People are skating outside, it’s a good feeling, it’s like the town’s like ready to go,” a fan at the rally said.

Penguins’ broadcasters Mike Lange and Phil Bourque hosted the event. Bourque will actually take the ice for the Alumni game Friday morning.

“I’m probably not going to sleep too much tonight,” he said. “Excited, a little nervous, anxious, not really sure what to expect. Playing outdoors is a lot different than playing indoors, but to be with my old mates, guys I won Stanley cups with, it’s going to be just a blast.”

Meantime, fans packed the Carnegie Science Center where the Stanley Cup is on display along with the other trophies won by the Penguins.

But there’s more than hardware to look at. The exhibit includes the mask worn by the goalie in the 1980 Winter Olympics – the Miracle at Lake Placid.

Lord Stanley’s Cup drew the largest crowd to the Science Center in two years. Hopefully the Cup will return to Pittsburgh after the playoffs.

But in any case, the event is one for the history books.

“We’re going to be talking about this for a very, very long time,” Ann Metzger, co-director of the Carnegie Science Center, said.


One Comment

  1. ricky says:

    you guys should go

  2. The Chosen One says:

    Rally for a Reg season game? I could see if it was playoffs

  3. John Koval says:

    Obiously you are not a Pens fan Chosen One…. LETS GO PENS!!

  4. John Koval says:

    I have to work today or I would be there at the pep rally….

    1. jerry says:

      A pep rally is for high school, is it not.

  5. hockeymom says:

    You don’t need to be in the playoffs for a rally for the Pens…come on man, where’s your spirit!!!

  6. Sid says:

    This is one of the most stupidest things I’ve ever seen. An outdoor hockey game at a football stadium, a pep rally, $1,000 tickets, and outrageous media hype. For a freakin hockey game? Nuts, nuts, nuts, nuts. Someday, you kooks are gonna sit back and think what the heck was I doing back then acting like a fool. Its a freakin game played by millionaires to suck more money off the gullible public.

    As PT Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute. We’ve got a lot of them in Pittsburgh.

  7. weatherman says:

    This is just another regular season hockey game. Whats the big fuss? To much media hype makes people crazy. People think this is the Super Bowl, but that is Pittsburgh sport fans on steroids. Get a life.

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