Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh Penguins’

Penguin Vandalism

June 7, 2013
The Penguin Post has learned that police are searching for clues leading to the identity of the person who used a stencil to spray paint penguins at Mountain View Elementary School, in East Long Meadow, Mass. That’s what police want to know.  “School officials arrived this morning and found it had been tagged with a penguin,” said Sgt. Denis Sheehan. “Grafitti was painted on the school.”  Sheehan said that along with some obscene representations, somebody apparently used a stencil to spray-paint images of penguins on the school at 77 Hampden Rd.  Sheehan said he has yet to view the images for himself. However, officers who have been at the scene say the penguins do not resemble the logo used by the Pittsburgh Penguins — who, by the way, fell 2-1 to the Bruins Wednesday night in a double overtime thriller that gave Boston a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals. Police are seeking the public’s help in the school graffiti case. “If anybody heard anything or know of somebody with a penguin stencil please let us know.” Sheehan said.  As East Long Meadow is merely a snowballs throw away from Penguin Place Central, we are emphatically denying any involvement in this episode of penguin vandalism.

Captive Penguins Forced to Root For Flyers

April 12, 2012

With the Penguins facing off against the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs it’s interesting to note how the real penguins of the Philadelphia area are holding up under the circumstances.  Should these penguins, with their allegiance to the local team in question be sent to some off site facility until the series is over, or should they be left alone to support their natural team?  Well, the folks at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey (10 minutes from Philadelphia) have come up with another, more devious “solution”.   You see, aquarium staff have come up with a temporary plan that has outraged Penguin fans and animal rights activists the world over.  Beginning today, the names of the penguins at the aquarium will be re-named  effective through the end of the series. With the penguins now being forced to answer to the names of various Flyers players like Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Ilya Bryzgalov, Sean Couturier, Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Bayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and even the traitors (ex-Penguins) Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr.  They’ve even been forced to be photographed with Flyers merchandise!  To the Penguin Post this seems like prisoners being forced to swear allegiance to the enemy under fear of torture.  It’s a clear violation of the zoo and aquarium Geneva Convention. According to Kim Walker, Public Relations Manager for Adventure Aquarium, the personalities of the African penguins will be matched with that of a Flyer player as part of the re-naming process.  Really?!  Who ever heard of a cheap shot penguin?   To make this even more outrageous, the penguins’ current home, “Penguin Island“, will become “Flyers Island” and covered in Flyers team paraphernalia. It still remains to be seen how stressful all this will be to Adventure Aquarium’s penguins and how they will be able to deal with being manipulated into “supporting” the Flyers, especially if the series goes six or seven games.  But, I for one know that even with the name changes, overt manipulation and blatant Flyer merchandise placements, who these penguins are really pulling for, and I’m sure when it’s all said and done there’s going to be a lot of Flyers merchandise covered in penguin poop.

More Penguins In Pittsburgh

April 5, 2012

Move over Pittsburgh Penguins players – even with the playoffs just around the corner there are some new penguins snatching some attention in Pittsburgh. The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently welcomed two African penguin chicks that were the first to hatch at the aviary in late February.  The aviary held a celebration called the “Hatch Party” for the chicks last Friday where the chicks made their first public appearance and guests were able to participate in different penguin-friendly activities. The chicks are the offspring of Sidney and Bette, two of the 12 penguins that live in the aviary’s Penguin Point exhibit. Tribby, who was named after Penguin Point exhibit sponsor Trib Total Media, hatched Feb. 26. The other chick, whose name is being auctioned to the public, hatched Feb. 29. Guests who came to celebrate the birth of the penguins at the Hatch Party were able to meet the two chicks and learn different facts about the species of the bird, as well as participate in games and other activities. Among those activities was a live penguin painting done by one of the 12 fully-grown penguins. Attendees were also able to bid on another painting done by the penguins and a signed Sidney Crosby jersey. During the Hatch Party, many of the aviary personnel walked around and shared facts about the species. Steve Sarro, director of Animal Collections at the National Aviary, was in attendance and informed the guests about the penguins and new chicks. Sarro explained that the chicks were raised by their mother and father for about three weeks and are now being hand-raised by the expert penguin trainers on staff until the end of the summer. “We want the chicks to understand that we are caretakers and food givers to them, and that they should not be scared of us,” Sarro said at the Hatch Party on Friday. Sarro said that at birth the chicks weighed a little below 2 ounces and now weigh about 3.5 to 4 pounds. Once fully grown, the chicks will weigh about 6 to 8 pounds. Although they will grow rapidly to the adult stage, the chicks will still find some difficulty once they join the rest of the penguin colony in the exhibit, but in the meantime they are being kept company by some penguin chick stuffed animals from Penguin Place. “The chicks will be the low man on the totem pole for a while,” Sarro said. “They will learn their place in the hierarchy real quick.” Another aviary employee who enlightened guests was Maria Fusco, a senior biology major at Point Park University.Fusco is an intern at the National Aviary and has interned there since the fall semester. Fusco said the aviary has had an air of excitement around it since the chicks hatched. She said there was no official announcement to the employees about the chicks hatching, but word quickly spread to everyone, and the excitement began. Fusco hopes that the word will spread as quickly to the public and that there will be an increase in attendance to come see the chicks. “Now is a really great time to come to the aviary,” Fusco said at the Hatch Party on Friday. “It’s a unique opportunity to see birds, like the new penguin chicks, that aren’t even native to this country … you don’t have to travel across the world to see them.” The aviary staff may have been excited to see the chicks, but the excitement was not limited to them. One of the guests, Chelsea Prior, 27, was a first-time guest to the National Aviary but has always been a penguin lover. “I have always been interested in the National Aviary,” Prior said at the Hatch Party on Friday. “I always wanted to come, and this event gave me a chance to see when it’s less crowded than usual.” Prior was enthusiastic about seeing the chicks and other birds for the first time and expects to come back to visit the aviary often. “I totally want to come more to watch the penguin chicks grow,” Prior said. “I am a part of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and I plan on bringing my sister to see them.” Another guest, Kira Walters, 30, who came with Prior to the event also wants to watch the penguins as they continue to take steps in maturing from their newborn stage. “I think it’s interesting that they act like little human babies with how clumsy and wobbly they are,” Walters said at the Hatch Party on Friday. The public can now see the new African penguin chicks daily at the National Aviary. For more information, visit

Penguin Chick (right) with penguin plush from yours truly.

Newest Pittsburgh Penguin

March 27, 2012

There’s a new Pittsburgh Penguin, but it’s not what you think.  This little guy is a baby African penguin and his tiny black eyelids grew heavy after downing his 11th smelt. Big brother Tribby managed to gulp down 16 of the small fish before he, too, conked out in his handler’s lap. “Oh, yeah, he’s out,” said Chris Gaus, lead penguin trainer at the National Aviary in the North Side, as Tribby’s head fell on his chest. “All right, buddy. Back to bed.” The aviary welcomed two new family members: a pair of African penguins hatched here last month. Tribune Total Media, which sponsors the aviary’s Penguin Point exhibition, won naming rights for Tribby, hatched Feb. 26. The second, unnamed chick emerged from his egg on Feb. 29; aviary staff for now call him Little Guy. The first penguin chicks to hatch at the aviary, they already show personality, said Steve Sarro, director of animal programs. “They’re both a little feisty — a little attitude, and very inquisitive,” Sarro said. “Tribby is very calm. The second one is a little bit younger, and he’s just trying to figure out what’s going on.” Tribby and Little Guy spent three weeks with mom, Bette, and dad, Sidney, named for, you guessed it, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. The babies live in a cooling incubator in Sarro’s office, where staff members hand-feed them three times a day. “It’s always a blast hand-raising chicks,” Sarro said. “We have them sit on our laps; we have people come over and interact with them. That helps them (learn) their job in education, to be an ambassador for the wild.” The global wild breeding penguin population has dwindled to fewer than 50,000, down from about 1 million less than a century ago, Sarro said. The birds are considered an endangered species. Several factors are killing penguins, including oil pollution, commercial over-fishing, human disturbance and climate change, Sarro said. Some researchers predict that unless changes occur, wild penguins will die off completely in 15 years, he said. “We’re very good at breeding them in captivity,” Sarro said. “But they should be in the wild.” Trib Total Media’s chief operating officer, Jennifer Bertetto, an aviary board member, said the company wanted to get involved with Penguin Point — and with Tribby — because it believes in the aviary’s message of “conservation and education.” People can see the newborns for the first time on Friday night during a ticketed event at the aviary. Starting March 31, they will appear at Penguin Point twice daily, at 11 a.m and 2:30 p.m. They’ll enter the exhibit permanently at the end of summer. The chicks weigh about 2 pounds each, and likely will triple or quadruple that weight. They’re still a bit unsteady. Adults stand on their legs and tuck their wings into their sides, but Tribby and Little Guy can manage only brief waddling before collapsing onto crumpled wings.

Penguins Waddle In Pittsburgh

February 3, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that in Pittsburgh, penguins enjoy public walks among their fans – and we’re not talking about the hockey players.  We’re talking about the King penguins that reside at the Pittsburgh Aquraium during the event Penguins on Parade, which will take place throughout February and March. In anticipation of this waddling event, penguin keeper Katy Wozniak has been letting the penguins practice waddling and hopping around on a path beside the PPG Aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo while admiring crowds gather to watch. “We’re going to give all the Pittsburgh folks an opportunity to come out Saturday and Sunday at 12:00,” says Dwayne Biggs, the curator of aquatic life. And how do the penguins feel about the chance to go for a stroll outside their enclosure? “They love it, they actually love it,” Biggs responds. “We’ll open the door up to the exhibit, and Katy and the staff will call the birds to the door and say, ‘Hey guys, it’s time to go out and play!’ Basically, they’ll come up to the door, come out and they enjoy it.” After their brisk practice walk, the penguins returned back to their home in the aquarium to rest up for the weekend.

Penguins Dropping Like Flies and Dropping In Standings

January 12, 2012

The Penguin Post is alarmed at the current state of our favorite hockey team.  We hate to say it, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are dropping like flies, and dropping in the standings as they’ve lost 5 games in a row, losing last night to Ottawa 5-1 with a severely depleted line-up. They were already without top offensive producer Sidney Crosby and top defensive producer Kris Letang thanks to concussions, and had more injury woes pile up this week. Breakout star James Neal injured his foot and is out as is Kris Letang, and center Jordan Staal — who’s been scoring in Crosby’s place — injured his knee and will miss four to six weeks. Yikes.

Penguins Captain Out For Season Opener

October 4, 2011

The Penguin Posthas learned that Sidney Crosby will not play in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ regular-season opener in Vancouver on Oct. 6. Speaking to a half dozen reporters after the Penguins’ afternoon practice in Detroit, Crosby said, “No,” when asked if there was any chance he would play in the opener. “I wouldn’t expect it,” he added, pointing out that he has not yet been cleared for contact in practice as he continues his long recovery from the concussion that sidelined him Jan. 6. Penguins General Manager Ray Shero also said Crosby would not play in the opener, adding that there was no date set for his return. “Knock on wood, everything is progressing for him, it appears,” Shero said. “On the ice he’s practicing hard, and that’s a big part of his recovery. But there’s not a date.”

Pre concussion Crosby back in 1993

MVP Penguin Hits The Ice

September 18, 2011

Clearly, it felt good to be back at work for Sidney Crosby as the Penguin hit the ice with his teammates for the first time in months. The former MVP skated alongside his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates for about an hour on Saturday as the club opened training camp. Crosby took face-offs. He rushed end-to-end. He avoided a playful squirt from a water bottle by coach Dan Bylsma. He pushed himself. “I went as hard as I possibly could out there,” Crosby said. Other than a white helmet indicating he wasn’t to be touched and the rousing ovation he received when his familiar No. 87 jersey came out of the tunnel and onto the bench, Crosby blended right in, which is just the way he wants it. The last nine months have been difficult for Crosby as he’s slowly, painfully recovered from concussion-like symptoms. Though he said earlier this month it’s “likely” he’ll play at some point this season, Crosby remains reluctant to put any sort of timetable on his return. “I want to get back,” he said. “I’m doing everything in my power to get back out there, but there’s necessary steps to take and I’m going to make sure I do that.” Crosby plans to participate in every practice during camp except scrimmages, but allows he’ll be cautious. His symptoms resurfaced while training in Canada this summer when he reached 90% of his exertion level. The 24-year-old refused to put a percentage on his workout Saturday, but it was obvious he was spent, dropping to his knees to stretch and gasping for breath at the end of more than one drill.

Penguins Make Offer To Jagr To Return

June 30, 2011

Enough with the sand eating penguin on the other side of the world already.  The Penguin Post is intrigued to report that the contest to bring Jaromir Jagr back to the NHL after being away from the league for the past three seasons has officially reached a fever pitch. With the Pittsburgh Penguins expressing more than a passing interest in bringing the 39 year-old future Hall of Famer back for at least one more season.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports tonight that the Penguins have made a one-year offer to Jagr to bring him back to Pittsburgh for the first time since the end of the 2000-2001 season.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero confirmed yesterday that he has offered free agent right winger Jaromir Jagr a one-year contract — he declined to divulge the financial aspects of the proposal — and said he expect to learn Wednesday whether Jagr will accept it.

Jagr with classic hockey mullet during his heyday with Pens.

Penguins Upset In Last Game At Igloo

May 13, 2010

They don't make 'em like this anymore. The Igloo as view by a bird with the power of flight.

In the last game ever played at their beloved Igloo the defending Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins were upset by the Montreal Canadians in game 7 of their semi-final playoff series ending the Penguins season.  The stunning loss not only eliminated the Penguins, but it also marked the final game to be played at their legendary home, the Igloo.   Although officially known as the Mellon Arena the Penguins home has throughout its history  been fondly referred to simply as The Igloo by hockey fans the world over.

The Igloo

The Igloo was the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof, and if you’ve never witnessed a game here you don’t know what you missed.  The sight lines and intimacy for hockey is unsurpassed, but alas because of its small size (only seating 16,490 for hockey) and lack of corporate luxury boxes doomed the arena as the Penguins had threatened to leave the city of Pittsburgh unless a new arena was constructed.     A new downtown arena to be called the Consol Energy Center (that sadly is not in the shape of an igloo) has been built and will be ready for the start of the Penguins 2010 – 1011 season and the Igloo is slated for the wrecking ball in the near future.

Panoramic view of Mellon Arena from D-Level in October 2007. The balconies on either end of this photo were not part of the original structure. They were added prior to the 1990-91 season to extend seating capacity.