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Penguins Report: West Point (Day 1)

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 1:22 PM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: West Point (Day 1)
Check out some behind-the-scenes action from the Pens\' first-day trip to West Point



UPDATES
The only absent players from practice were Brooks Orpik, Derrick Pouliot, Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Vokoun. Head coach Dan Bylsma had the following notes on each player.

  • Orpik is day-to-day with a lower-body injury
  • Pouliot did not skate because they wanted to dress only eight D-men
  • There is nothing new to report on Vokoun


--Sam Kasan



THEY SAID IT
A lot of amazing quotes from the Pens players and coaches about their unique experience at West Point so far...








--Michelle Crechiolo



PRACTICE
Before the Pens hit the ice at Tate Rink for practice, they shot some hoops to loosen up the limbs.


Malkin from the free throw line


Kunitz for the win...


Letang with the no-socks layup


Crosby whips the puck on goal


Team meeting at the boards


Corner gathering


Fleury stands tall


Center ice at Tate Rink


Malkin is denied by Zatkoff





Kunitz gets up ice




Fans take in the action

--Sam Kasan



MESS HALL LUNCH
After touring the facility, the Pens went to the mess hall to eat with the Army hockey players and other cadets.


The second-most cared for lawn in the US


The Pens get instructions on the steps of the Mess Hall


Cadets in formation




Crosby signed a few autographs, including one on the inside of a cadet's hat


Pens players ate in the Mess Hall with Army hockey players














Pens hockey players and Army hockey players pose on the Mess Hall steps


Pens captains and Army captains meet and pose for a photo



--Sam Kasan



FACILITY TOUR
The Pens took an early-morning flight to West Point and opened their visit with a tour of the athletic facilities.


Holleder Center


Michie Stadium


Basketball court


Driving in style


The Class of 1956 Walkway


Army logo




The team checks out the historical walkway


Walkway


The hockey section of their athletic shrine


Legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski


Army has had three Heisman trophies








Vince Lombardi was an Army assistant coach


The Earl "Red" Blaik Gallery


Army weight room


The Pens get a talk from Army's strength coach




The Pens pose for photos with some Army football players


'56 motorcycle


Team's locker room


The players pass the time with some foosball


Coaches' office


Ice at Tate Rink


Entrance to the locker room


Derek Hines is a fallen soldier who played on Army's hockey team. A stall in the change room honors his memory

--Sam Kasan



START ME UP
Good afternoon hockey fans. The Pens began their weekend jaunt to West Point Friday morning. The Pens' visit will focus on leadership development and team bonding with three on-ice practice sessions at Tate Rink, home of Army's NCAA Division I men's hockey team.

This is the third time that the Pens have visited West Point during training camp, previously visiting in 2006 and '07. Army men's ice hockey head coach Brian Riley will oversee the team's visit.

Stay tuned throughout the weekend for behind-the-scenes photos, videos and updates.

--Sam Kasan

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