PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Despite the growing uncertainty about labor peace in the National Hockey League, the Penguins announced Wednesday they are moving forward with plans to put preseason tickets on sale to the general public Friday at 10:00 A.M.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said Friday the league asked that CBA talks be “recessed” after it rejected the union’s latest proposal. A lockout will take place if an agreement is not reached by Sept. 15.

If this situation is resolved by then, the Pens will play their first home exhibition game Wed., Sept. 26 at 7:00 against the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center, followed by their third annual “Free Game For Kids” Sat., Sept. 29 at 3:00 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with the final preseason home game Fri., Oct. 5 at 7:00 against the Blackhawks.

The Penguins would open regular season play the following Friday at 7:00 against the New York Islanders.

For the first and third preseason game over 2,000 tickets apiece will be made available. The team will distribute 18,000 free tickets to youth hockey players throughout the greater Pittsburgh area for the Sept. 29 contest.

Fans can visit the Penguins’ website for more information.

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