Krafthockeyville Rostraver Practice will feature no Penguins’ star players

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Phil Kessel will all make their preseason debuts Sunday night vs the St. Louis Blues in the USA Krafthockeyville game at the UPMC Lemieux Sports complex.

In addition to Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Kessel, other big name players who will be in the lineup include Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Matt Murray.

Unfortunately for fans of the Mon Valley area attending the 11:00 a.m. practice at the Rostraver Ice Garden, and there was a higher turnout last week at the Ice Garden in people signing up for tickets for the practice than the game due to the obvious (making the trek from the Mon Valley area all the way to Cranberry for an 8:00 p.m. preseason game on a school night isn’t the most ideal thing), the game lineup vs the Blues Sunday night won’t be the group practicing at the Ice Garden.

The most notable players who will practice at the Ice Garden are the likes of Bryan Rust, Olli Maatta, Ian Cole and Scott Wilson. The group includes several AHLers.

The practice will also be ran by Sergei Gonchar and Mark Recchi, the team says.


ROSTRAVER ICE GARDEN PRACTICE GROUP VIA PENGUINS

2 Chad Ruhwedel

3 Olli Maatta

5 Zach Trotman

11 Jay McClement

17 Bryan Rust

18 Frank Corrado

22 Matt Hunwick

23 Scott Wilson

24 Jarred Tinordi

28 Ian Cole

33 Greg McKegg

34 Tom Kuhnhackl

39 Jean-Sebastien Dea

41 Daniel Sprong

45 Josh Archibald

47 Adam Johnson

51 Derrick Pouliot

54 Thomas Di Pauli

79 Freddie Tiffels

80 Sam Miletic


GOALTENDERS

1 Casey DeSmith

35 Tristan Jarry


Notes: Sunday’s practice at Rostraver Ice Garden is a ticketed event and is sold out. According to the Penguins, there will be a red carpet entrance event for the players prior to practice.

Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Olli Maatta, and coaches Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar will help conduct a hockey clinic for Rostraver youth hockey players after the practice. Patric Hornvist will be on hand for the clinic but will be not practicing with the team due to a hand injury.

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