PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An African penguin named Flower met its puck-stopping namesake on Thursday.

According to the National Aviary, Marc-Andre Fleury and his family got up close with the penguin during a special visit.

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“The National Aviary team was delighted to be able provide a day of fun for the Fleury family as a special send off and as a thank you for being a part of Pittsburgh and the National Aviary through the years,” says Cheryl Tracy, Executive Director of the National Aviary.

(Photo Courtesy: National Aviary)

During their visit, the Fleury family got to meet Valentino the sloth and try out the new Birdly attraction.

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Last month, the National Aviary hosted a Marc-Andre Fleury Appreciation Day. During those festivities, Flower the penguin received its name.

(Photo Courtesy: National Aviary)

Organizers said it was a proper sendoff for Fleury who spent 14 seasons with the Penguins and recently left in the NHL Expansion Draft for the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

(Photo Courtesy: National Aviary)

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