It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Ahhhhhh opening night of hockey is finally here. Baseball and football are dead to me now as the greatest sport comes back to help me recover from a painful summer of Pirates baseball.

1 year into the “new” NHL and already attendance is up, scoring is up and excitement is soaring (thought I was going to say up again eh?). I have chills as I type this knowing that this evening I’ll sit back in my season seat at the arena with the other loons in my section to christen a new season.

Crosby, Recchi, LeClair, Armstrong, Mango Salsa Oulette, Pens Patrol, Welch (bring him up already!), Fleury, Orpik, Malone, Letang, Ruutu, the soon to be healthy Malkin, EJ, my beer lady who always has a Yeungling waiting for me, TC, Pens Patrol, scary homeless guy that always bugs me for money, Stanley Cup banners, center ice, Iceburgh, Jeff Jimmerson singing, Stoosh, F2 Sign Guy, COTTON CANDY HERE! Kenny, Shoot the riser, OT Shootouts, penalty shots, fights with Flyers and Red Wings fans, Pens Patrol, letsgopens.com pressbox, Pens Patrol and of course John Barbaro living in the Jumbotron. These are a few of my favorite things. This is Pittsburgh Penguins hockey to me.

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