The Pittsburgh Penguins will take on a festive look to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when they host the Boston Bruins at CONSOL Engergy Center on Saturday.
The Penguins will wear special Gaelic sweaters, complete with Gaelic last names on the nameplates, for warmup.
Sidney Crosby? More like Sidney Crosbaigh.
The idea came from head equipment manager Dana Heinze and John Young of Pro Knitwear, the Penguins’ jersey supplier. They worked together on St. Patrick’s Day-themed sweaters last season, but took it a step further for 2015 with the inclusion of Gaelic names.
“It is so cool to see what everyone’s first and last names are,” Heinze told Michelle Crechiolo. “We were a little concerned to see how the names translated out, but I think they came out awesome. I think it’s going to be a bit of a shock when you see these players and you see Spaling or Crosby or Malkin or Hornqvist and their names are a little different, but we’re just trying to be different. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating that, so why not go with the Gaelic names.”
The jerseys will be signed by Penguins players and auctioned off on March 16, with proceeds going to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Mario Lemieux Foundation.