Reporting John Shumway
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Officials with the Penguins say their new superstar forward, Jarome Iginla, will be arriving in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
According to the team, Iginla’s immigration issues, reportedly involving getting a work visa, have now been resolved and he is now on his way to town from Calgary.
Meanwhile, the Penguins’ fan base continues to be abuzz with excitement over the team’s dramatic trades that began earlier this week.
Fans find their superstar’s names easy.
“Crosby,” said one little fan.
But as they await the arrival of the team’s newest acquisition, fans are working on his name.
“Ign… no I can’t,” said one fan. “Iggy.”
However you say it, Jarome Iginla has not even stepped on the ice for the Pens yet, and already he is a hot commodity.
“It exploded. Our phone went off the hook, people asking for tee-shirts, sweatshirts,” said Samantha Angel, of Pens Gear. “It was insane.”
Angel is pressing the shirts one at a time.
“As quick as we’re making them, we’re selling them,” she said.
But the hopes for Iginla’s impact go beyond fashion.
“He’s a great player, and it’s a great trade for the end of the season,” said Steve Brick, a Pens’ fan from Somerset County.
“With the new people they have and the chemistry on this team that seems to be there, a 14-game winning streak is not too shabby,” added Karen Bower, a fan from Frederick, Md.
The explosion of interest in the new players has joined yet another surge of demand for the existing Penguins’ superstars.
And like those already on the team, the Penguins’ front office thinks fans are going to like what they see from the former captain of the Calgary Flames.
“A player like that has a great impact both on and off the ice, and we’re thrilled about that,” said David Peart, the Penguins’ vice president of marketing.