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(NHL)   Pittsburgh Penguins grant a wish and replace Matt Cooke on the first line with a 8 year old   (nhl.com) divider line 55
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2009-01-22 04:14:43 PM
Look like little Johnny should have wished for some blocking...
 
2009-01-22 04:15:20 PM
Fleury has a 0.750 save percentage against 8 year-olds.
 
2009-01-22 04:32:40 PM
This warms my black little heart. Good on the organization and the players for doing this for the kid and his parents.

I remember when the Sens did something similar for a kid in Ottawa as they were in the playoffs. Here's one of the stories (new window)
 
2009-01-22 04:44:15 PM
They lose at home to the Canes and they start getting desperate.
 
2009-01-22 05:15:02 PM
3 pictures and none of them of the boy. Great job NHL.com
 
2009-01-22 07:59:16 PM
I love stories like this.

That's all I have to say about that.

*sniff* *sniff*
 
2009-01-22 08:04:08 PM
Walker: 3 pictures and none of them of the boy. Great job NHL.com

Uh...

cdn.nhl.com

and

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer& galleryId =9695
 
2009-01-22 08:05:21 PM
At least Kenny (new window) had the right idea.

Kudos to the Penguins, though...
 
2009-01-22 08:27:07 PM
Maybe he can help them win some games. The way the team is playing now it couldn't hurt.
 
2009-01-22 08:38:50 PM
And Crosby bought hockey equipment for 800 kids. Good job by the Pens all around.

But I'm sure some troll will try to shiat on what they did. Standard Fark.
 
2009-01-22 08:40:04 PM
In before comment equating Crosby to an 8-year-old.

Good on the Pens. And good for the kid.
 
2009-01-22 08:45:15 PM
Hate the Penguins and all things Pittsburgh of course....

but....

Very nice job all around Pens.

And dang those light blue jerseys are sweet looking.
 
2009-01-22 08:52:42 PM
You know, I really think the NHL is the only US sports organization with its head on straight. It is very fan friendly, has the winter classic, and routinely does this sort of stuff. I love hockey; I just wish NHL games came on in my area.
 
2009-01-22 08:55:41 PM
I've never been prouder to be a Pens fan.

It's nice to hear stories like this every now and then come out of the world of professional sports.
 
2009-01-22 08:59:56 PM
Classy... no matter who you root for.

Way to go Pens!

/For Fark's sake: Go Sharks!
 
2009-01-22 09:07:40 PM
Katalyst: And Crosby bought hockey equipment for 800 kids. Good job by the Pens all around.

But I'm sure some troll will try to shiat on what they did. Standard Fark.


To this outside observer, the Penguins seem to be a top-notch organization top to bottom.
 
2009-01-22 09:17:41 PM
Great article. Seems like the Penguins went all out to give this kid the greatest day ever. They could have just given him a tour of the locker room and some autographed gear but they went above and beyond. The contract signing, his own locker and fitted equipment, practice session with the team, video intro, and seats behind the bench. Don't really like hockey but I'm a fan of the penguins now.
 
2009-01-22 09:23:47 PM
Dammit subby, now I have something in my eyes.

Don't like the Pens (go Devils!)... but incredible job by them here.
 
2009-01-22 09:24:19 PM
Jesus, I have something in my eyes.
 
2009-01-22 09:29:32 PM
Makeawish foundations 10000 wish. They detailed it during the penguins game... quite nice!
 
2009-01-22 09:44:36 PM
Katalyst: And Crosby bought hockey equipment for 800 kids. Good job by the Pens all around.

But I'm sure some troll will try to shiat on what they did. Standard Fark.


They only helped that one kid. What a bunch of losers. PENGUINS SUCK!

(Was that OK? It's hard to troll a great story like this one...)

/Seriously, awesome job by the Pens organization
//Was expecting a Maple Leafs joke somewhere in the thread.
 
2009-01-22 09:44:47 PM
As a hockey fan, hats off to the Pens for giving the kid the time of his life

/Go Devils
 
2009-01-22 09:55:45 PM
Just another quality move by a quality organization in a quality city.

\QUALITY!
\\well done!
 
2009-01-22 09:56:31 PM
clifclav: Hate the Penguins and all things Pittsburgh of course....

but....

Very nice job all around Pens.

And dang those light blue jerseys are sweet looking.


Agreed on all but the last point - I think the blue jerseys are awful.

After last year's Cup finals, I'm not a big fan of the Penguins or their fans...but I'm more than willing to let that slide for a day or two after reading this. Fantastic job, guys.
 
2009-01-22 10:00:58 PM
Excuse me, I think I have a bit of ice in my eye ...
 
2009-01-22 10:43:21 PM
Wonder if this upset Cindy...

i178.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-22 11:01:09 PM
I've stuck with hockey through the good times and the bad times, the strike, the glowing puck, all of it, but in the end I'm happy to be a NHL fan because of how individuals in the league act. I still think various managers and execs are shiatheads, but I respect most of the players and how they treat their fan base.

The NHL stories you see are things like the stick from the Winter Classic and this, whereas for the NFL you see Pacman drama.
 
2009-01-22 11:12:34 PM
The tissues, they do nothing.
 
2009-01-22 11:16:24 PM
He initially asked to be a Pirate for a day, but the players wouldn't go along because they were afraid he'd take their spot on the roster.
 
2009-01-22 11:16:41 PM
Will he be on the NHL 09 updated roster?

/Go Panthers
//Yeah, I'll say it again. Go Panthers!!
 
2009-01-22 11:27:31 PM
There must be dust or wind or something...

The Penguins have always had a really good relationship with their fans. Win or lose, they're always out shaking hands and greeting people, and this isn't the first (or last) time they've done something like this as an organization.

It's one of the things I love most about sports, actually: always so gleeful when they get to interact with kids.
 
2009-01-22 11:51:36 PM
jdog71: Wonder if this upset Cindy...

SEE why I said it? There's a dick in every thread. In this one, the dick is you, Mr. jdog71. I hope you meet Ms. Bobbit.

Again, good on the Pens.
 
2009-01-22 11:59:31 PM
LCat: There must be dust or wind or something...

The Penguins have always had a really good relationship with their fans. Win or lose, they're always out shaking hands and greeting people, and this isn't the first (or last) time they've done something like this as an organization.

It's one of the things I love most about sports, actually: always so gleeful when they get to interact with kids.


Another one you'll like: they beat the Hated Rangers at the Igloo on Sunday. When the stars of the game were introduced, they pulled out Terrible Towels and waved them.
 
2009-01-23 12:08:37 AM
Bestbank Tiger: Another one you'll like: they beat the Hated Rangers at the Igloo on Sunday. When the stars of the game were introduced, they pulled out Terrible Towels and waved them.

Man, I'm sorry I missed that! Very cool!

Pittsburgh may be a small market, but our love for our sports teams goes down deep.
 
2009-01-23 12:09:09 AM
Bestbank Tiger: LCat: There must be dust or wind or something...

The Penguins have always had a really good relationship with their fans. Win or lose, they're always out shaking hands and greeting people, and this isn't the first (or last) time they've done something like this as an organization.

It's one of the things I love most about sports, actually: always so gleeful when they get to interact with kids.

Another one you'll like: they beat the Hated Rangers at the Igloo on Sunday. When the stars of the game were introduced, they pulled out Terrible Towels and waved them.


Everyone flukes once in a while. I have no doubt that my Rangers will put the hurtin' on Whiny McCrosby and the rest of the graduating class of the Lemieux School of Vaginas.
 
2009-01-23 12:29:23 AM
Freak: Great article. Seems like the Penguins went all out to give this kid the greatest day ever. They could have just given him a tour of the locker room and some autographed gear but they went above and beyond. The contract signing, his own locker and fitted equipment, practice session with the team, video intro, and seats behind the bench. Don't really like hockey but I'm a fan of the penguins now.

It's kinda standard fare for the stories that made "My Wish" on SportsCenter. I think those series set a bar for other organizations that work with Make-A-Wish and similar charities to really go all out for this kind of stuff.

Its always nice to see folks of any stripe take one day out of their existence to make someone else's really special.
 
2009-01-23 12:30:19 AM
it was nice and all, but did they really have to send him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after the game?
 
2009-01-23 12:43:10 AM
mootmah: The tissues, they do nothing.

Comment of the year. I think I had a mini stroke.
 
2009-01-23 01:43:30 AM
Very cool. My wish is that more sports organizations would do this for more kids. There are no greater fans than kids with stars in their eyes, and some of these so called heroes should put down their bulging checkbooks for a moment and give back to the ones who love them best. Nobody will ever cheer your homerun/touchdown/goal/3 pointer like a child. Kudos to the Penguins.
 
2009-01-23 01:44:22 AM
Matt Cooke is a great community ambassador. When he was a Canuck, he had a box suite at the Pacific Coliseum (where the Canucks used to play), now inhabited by the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. It was called "Cooke's Corner" and through his and his wife's foundation, The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope (new window), they brought disadvantaged kids to Giants games, where they got free food & souvenirs.

Excerpt from a Vancouver Sun article, March '08:

"Matt and Michelle are two of the most caring people I've ever met," says Giants vice president Dale Saip. "Every night we've played at home for the past two years the Cooke suite has been filled with children from various community charity groups. Anytime Matt was in town, he'd be there to sign autographs and mingle with them."
 
2009-01-23 01:57:30 AM
Have to agree with the sentiment here; not only does the NHL provide a great product (especially live,) but off the ice, hockey players are surprisingly kind and warm-hearted. I'll rarely say it, but good on ya, Penguins.

/go caps!
 
2009-01-23 02:21:46 AM
I hate the Pens but they did a good one here - however I continue to hate them and I hope Cindy gets a cyst on his ovaries.

/Go Wings
 
2009-01-23 08:08:12 AM
Comic Book Guy: Bestbank Tiger: LCat: There must be dust or wind or something...

The Penguins have always had a really good relationship with their fans. Win or lose, they're always out shaking hands and greeting people, and this isn't the first (or last) time they've done something like this as an organization.

It's one of the things I love most about sports, actually: always so gleeful when they get to interact with kids.

Another one you'll like: they beat the Hated Rangers at the Igloo on Sunday. When the stars of the game were introduced, they pulled out Terrible Towels and waved them.

Everyone flukes once in a while. I have no doubt that my Rangers will put the hurtin' on Whiny McCrosby and the rest of the graduating class of the Lemieux School of Vaginas.




Didn't you think that last playoffs too?

Heh. Bloody Rags suck. So do their fans.
 
2009-01-23 09:25:35 AM
Pens fan here, and I'm very proud of my favorite team for doing this. I particularly like how Shero signed him to a one-day contract. That's awesome.

As awesome as this is for the boy and for the Pens, I'm sure there are other organizations that do this, and if not, I hope those that don't currently support the program see this story and it gives them ideas.

THIS IS WHAT IS SO RIGHT ABOUT SPORTS.

/yes, I'm a Pittsburgh sports homer
//seeing the (hopefully) much bigger picture on this one
 
2009-01-23 09:33:00 AM
Pittsburgh Penguins grant a wish and replace Matt Cooke on the first line with a 8 year old

For the full "hockey experience", did they knock his front teeth out?
 
2009-01-23 09:35:24 AM
vento: /yes, I'm a Pittsburgh sports homer

NTTAWWT

/me too
 
2009-01-23 09:43:51 AM
The Pens can just pack it in and do charity work for the rest of the season if the Steelers win next weekend for all I care.
 
2009-01-23 10:21:38 AM
Hide your chickens: For the full "hockey experience", did they knock his front teeth out?

Shoulda hip-checked him into the boards.

/I keed. Geez.
 
2009-01-23 10:34:05 AM
whizbangthedirtfarmer: You know, I really think the NHL is the only US sports organization with its head on straight. It is very fan friendly, has the winter classic, and routinely does this sort of stuff. I love hockey; I just wish NHL games came on in my area.

Having spent a little bit of time covering sports (basketball, hockey, baseball), I can tell you without any hesitation that hockey players are by far the nicest professional athletes I've ever encountered. I did't do it for very long, but this is a sentiment shared by even those grizzled old sportswriters who have done it for decades.

Hockey players (with a few exceptions, obviously) are just nice, humble guys who really seem to enjoy connecting with the commnunity and spending time with kids.
 
2009-01-23 10:52:25 AM
FightDirector: jdog71: Wonder if this upset Cindy...

SEE why I said it? There's a dick in every thread. In this one, the dick is you, Mr. jdog71. I hope you meet Ms. Bobbit.

Again, good on the Pens.


Pre-emptive protection works about as well as Cindy's pre-emptive fighting strategy. The only thing 'good on the Pens' this year will be the looks on their faces when they fail miserably in the playoffs. Dick.
 
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