Reporting Dave Crawley
SQUIRREL HILL (KDKA) – Penguins season ticket holders at one home in Squirrel Hill awaited a special delivery Monday.
They knew they were going to get a visit from a Penguin, they just didn’t know who. But they were eagerly awaiting the visit.
Sandy Darling says his family discussed the possibilities.
“We’ve debated the whole time and from what you people are doing here, I would venture to say it may be Sidney,” Darling said.
“This is actually his dream come true, to have one of the players bring the tickets,” his wife, Carole Darling said.
The family hoped that dream included No. 87.
“He’s been probably one of the longest season ticket holders in the city and this is his first chance to go one on one with a player,” said Sandy’s daughter Susie Cohen.
The suspense was finally broken when Sidney Crosby made his way toward their door.
Darling asked if Crosby recognized his grandson, who’s collected dozens of Crosby’s autographs. And what’s a few more? Crosby even signed a piece of the old Mellon Arena roof and got another piece as a gift.
Crosby seemed to take it all in stride.
“We see 18,000 people in the crowd,” he said. “We don’t always get to meet them personally, so to do that, I think both us the payers and the fans – everyone enjoys it.”