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Video: Mario Lemieux blesses the Consol Energy Center ice with water from the Igloo

Oct 7, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their new digs (aka the Consol Energy Center) for real tonight, beginning their regular season schedule against cross-state rival the Philadelphia Flyers. (The Flyers are currently up 1-0 thanks to stellar goaltending by surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky.)

While many will be dazzled by the new fangled technology throughout the new arena, some might look at the evening with a heavy heart as the team said goodbye to the Igloo aka Mellon Arena. Team owner/savior Mario Lemieux honored the memory of the old barn by pouring water that used to make up the ice at the Igloo at center ice in the Consol Energy Center.

That moment sort of feeling like a religious ceremony, doesn’t it?

  1. Joe - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    I think that was a nice way to carry the tradition on.
    While I never cared for the Penguin logo, I have alot of respect for this team, which formed at the same time as the Flyers.
    And if I CAN SAY THAT (being from Philly), then you know how much the Pittsburgh fans love the Pens.
    It was a great idea!

  2. AJW - Oct 9, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    I am also a Flyers fan. That said, I just want to say one more thing: Mario Lemieux is a class-act. In this age of prima-donna athletes, Lemieux is a tremendous role model.

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