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Flyers, Penguins join forces to promote youth hockey

Dec 29, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

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Sure, they were at each others’ throats just months ago in a rage-filled and goal-soaked playoff series, but apparently the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers organizations can get along every now and then. At least when it comes to growing the sport in their state.

The teams announced that they’ll work together to form “Team Pennsylvania 2003*,” which will send top 10-year old hockey players to the 2013 Brick International Super Novice Tournament in Edmonton. That tournament takes place from July 1-7 next year.

Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse showed enthusiasm for what he called “The Little League World Series for 10-year old hockey players,” but he also stated that it won’t extinguish the NHL rivalry in any way.

“Next time we play Philadelphia we’ll try to beat them as badly as before and they’ll try to beat us as badly as before, but off the ice this kind of collaboration is something the League will benefit from,” Morehouse said. “It makes perfect sense in almost the antithesis kind of way. Of course we’re bitter rivals, but we’re very passionate about hockey, so who better to team up with than people as passionate about hockey as you are.”

It’s sort of like that one X-Men movie where Magneto and Professor X team up, only with young hockey players instead of Kevin Bacon.

* – Named after the birth year of the youth hockey players.

  1. larrybrown43 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Good plan. I’m all for grassroots.

    The Keystone Kids.

  2. hockeyfan28 - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    The way the state of pa loves hockey and now the promotion of youth hockey wouldn’t be surprised in ten years if it became one of the NHL’s real farm systems for young American talent the way Mi,Mass, and Mn have.

  3. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    CROSBY ROCKS !

    As an ardent, sexy and “values-driven” fan of the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, I have absolutely no problem applauding the “talent and decency” which is Sidney Crosbey. He is nothing but a “wonderful” young Canadian man who is doing his country proud at every turn … and therefore I for one will say … thank you friend ! :)

    Now on an other note … all of you sheep who still “seriously” retain fears of a lost season and all … well check this out you dopes ! :)

  4. broadstbully33 - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Love the x men reference

  5. somekat - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Classy move by 2 of the NHL’s class organizations

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