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Penguins Battle Blizzard in Buffalo

Monday, 12.28.2009 / 7:08 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Penguins Battle Blizzard in Buffalo
BUFFALO, NY -- After an adventurous trip the Pittsburgh Penguins have finally reached their hotel in Buffalo, NY – a trip which included several run-ins with Mother Nature – most notably the sight of the Penguins coaching and support staff pushing a team bus after it became stuck on a slick Buffalo street.

With the Penguins about three blocks from reaching their hotel the first bus carrying the players, coaches and support staff could not get its wheels moving on the snow-covered streets. Within seconds head coach Dan Bylsma and several others were rushing out of the door to the rear of the vehicle.
The Penguins coaching and support staff pushes the team bus out of the snow.

It took about 15-20 seconds but the efforts of Bylsma and his crew got the wheels on the bus spinning and moving in a forward direction. As great as it was to watch the guys pushing the bus out of the snow was seeing them sprint back to the front when their work was complete.

Joining Bylsma in saving the day were assistant coaches Mike Yeo, Tony Granato and Gilles Meloche, Senior Director of Team Operations Frank Buonomo, Vice President of Communications Tom McMillan, Head Athletic Trainer Chris Stewart and Video Coordinator Jim Britt.

Fighting the elements was the theme of the day for the Penguins.

Blizzard conditions in the upper New York region caused an initial delay when the Penguins left Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon and forced the team to re-route their trip to an airport in Niagara Falls, NY. The plane circled the Buffalo area for an extended period but when the weather would not cooperate, that’s when the team had to land further north.

Everyone rushes to the front of the bus after they get it moving again.
When the plane was finally able to land in Niagara Falls the team was forced to spend about half of an hour waiting on the runway as the buses traveled to meet them. From there it was about a 55-minute ride into Buffalo – including the time spent performing manual labor on the bus.

All is now well as the team is safely and soundly in their rooms. Now the players can focus on making the trip even more memorable – by securing back-to-back wins over the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils.

Read Tuesday's Penguins Report for Game-Day in Buffalo
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