California University honors wounded alumnus on a hockey night in Pittsburgh. On Veterans Day, Cal U’s men’s and women’s hockey teams will play in the Penguins new arena.
WHO: Cal U men’s and women¹s hockey teams
WHAT: Veterans Day games honoring former team member wounded in war
WHEN: Nov. 11: women play at 6 p.m., Men at 8 p.m.
WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center
CALIFORNIA, PA — On Veterans Day, a former California University hockey player who was wounded in Afghanistan will be a special guest when the Cal U men¹s and women’s hockey teams take the ice at CONSOL Energy Center.
Pat McIlvain, of Uniontown, will be recognized for his military service at a Nov. 11 event that brings Cal U hockey to the Penguins¹ new arena in Pittsburgh.
A longtime Pens fan, McIlvain played with the Cal U hockey team from the
2003-04 season until 2006-07. McIlvain was seriously wounded in May while on active duty with the U.S.
Army in Afghanistan. He will travel to the games from a rehabilitation facility in Virginia, where he continues to recover.
On the ice, the Cal U women will face Penn State at 6 p.m. The men’s team skates against Robert Morris at 8 p.m. Alumni and University friends will hold a reception before the games in the
Cal U Conference Center, a meeting venue inside CONSOL Energy Center.
The event also includes a tribute to the late John Barbero, a California University alumnus who was the Penguins¹ public-address announcer for more than 35 years.
Pens players Tyler Kennedy and Deryk Engelland will sign
autographs from 5:30-7 p.m.
Ticket price is $8 for general admission seating. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or on game night at the CONSOL Energy Center box office.
Cal U students with valid CalCards will be admitted free. For details, visit www.calu.edu
California University is the official education partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition to the hockey night event, the partnership has resulted in an endowed scholarship for Cal U students, as well as
internships and community service opportunities.
Now serving 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students, California University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Official Schedule for Thursday’s Event
A schedule has been finalized for a Nov. 11 event at CONSOL Energy Center featuring the Cal U men’s and women’s hockey teams and a Veterans Day salute to a pair of wounded veterans with ties to the University.
The Cal U women will face Penn State at 6 p.m. The men’s team skates against Robert Morris at 8 p.m.
The evening will begin with a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. for alumni and university friends in the Cal U Conference Center, a meeting venue inside CONSOL Energy Center.
Among the guests are veterans who will be traveling by van from the California University campus.
Here are other highlights:
5:30-7 p.m.: Autograph session with Pens players Tyler Kennedy and Deryk
Engelland in the Cal U Conference Center.
5:45 and 8 p.m.: Remarks by Cal U President Angelo Armenti, Jr. prior to
the women’s and men’s games.
5:50 p.m.: Video tribute to John Barbero, a Cal U alumnus who was the Penguins’ public address announcer for more than 35 years.
8:10 p.m.: Tribute to Pat McIlvain, an alumnus from Uniontown, Pa., who
was seriously wounded in May while on active duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. He will travel to the games from a rehabilitation facility in Virginia. McIlvain played hockey at Cal U from the 2003-04 season to
8:20 p.m.: Veteran Brian Joseph drops the puck for the men¹s game. Joseph, a recipient of the Purple Heart, is a sophomore at Cal U. He was injured Nov. 10, 2004, while serving as a platoon sergeant with the U.S. Marines.