November 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Teams in Johnstown This Weekend

The Johnstown Tomahawks are taking to the road for the next couple of weeks, but there still will be some action taking place at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will faceoff against The Boston Advantage on Saturday and Sunday at the arena. In total there will be four games played, two vs. the Midget Minor teams, and two vs. the Midget Major teams.

If you have a chance to head down to the War Memorial you definitely should. This could be your first chance to see possible future Johnstown Tomahawks' players in action.

Colin DeAugustine who saw some action in a Tomahawks' jersey this season, spent last year playing for the Penguins Elite Midget Major team.

Austin Lemieux, Mario Lemieux's son, plays for the Midget Major team. It would only make sense that his father will probably be in attendance this weekend to watch his son play.

All players on both teams are birth year players between 1996-1998, just a year or two younger than current Tomahawks' players.

For local youth hockey players and coaches that compete at the A and AA level this would be great to come out and watch to see where they may be able to fit in, or give them an idea of what it takes to play at the next level.

Schedule:

Saturday
 
Midget Minor vs. Boston 5:30pm
Midget Major vs. Boston 7:30pm
 
Sunday
 
Midget Minor vs. Boston 8:30am
Midget Major vs. Boston 10:30am
For more information about the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams, here's an excerpt from the team's website.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have teamed up with the Pittsburgh Hornets amateur program and Dick’s Sporting Goods to create a new amateur hockey program in the Pittsburgh area.

The “Pittsburgh Penguins Elite” will feature 14 teams playing at the AAA level – nine boys teams and five girls teams.
“Part of our overall vision of supporting local youth hockey has been to create an elite Pittsburgh Penguins youth program that would attract top players in different age groups, offering an excellent environment to develop skills, teach teamwork and compete against top teams from other areas,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “The Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) do such a great job of growing the game here, and there are a number of good amateur programs. But we thought it made sense to have a AAA program directly affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“The opportunity to partner with one of the top AAA programs in the country in the Pittsburgh Hornets and one of the most socially-conscious, sports-oriented businesses in Dick’s Sporting Goods is one that excites us. We think we can do great things together as Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.”

NHL Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Penguins alum Bryan Trottier and NHL referee Stephen Walkom are part of the new program’s board, while former Penguin Mark Recchi will be part of the coaching staff.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teams will compete in the Tier I Elite Hockey League that includes the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the Buffalo Junior Sabres, the DC Capitals, the Dallas AAA Stars, the Phoenix Junior Coyotes and the Los Angeles Junior Kings, among others.

To read more follow the link here.

We plan on attending the games and hope to see you there.

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