The Pittsburgh Penguins just capped a Stanley Cup Championship in six games against the Nashville Predators. Pittsburgh has basked in their victory and are now looking ahead to next season.
On Monday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reported that the reigning champion Penguins will play the Buffalo Sabres at the Pegula Ice Arena.
The state-of-the-art arena on the campus of Penn State University was made possible by Terry Pegula’s $102 million donation to the university. But Pegula isn’t done yet, as owner of the Buffalo Sabres, it doesn’t take a detective to realize he likely played a significant role in brokering the deal.
This is the second consecutive year that the Sabres will be playing a preseason game in the newly minted Pegula Arena. Sabres President Russ Brandon released a statement after the announcement was made official:
“After the success of last year’s game at Pegula Ice Arena, it was a natural fit to return for a second game,” he said “Our team and staff were impressed by the facilities and we’re looking forward to the atmosphere the Penn State fans will bring to the game.”
The puck will drop at Pegula Arena on Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
At this rate, and with this level of visibility, Penn State is likely has a program that will rise through the ranks of collegiate hockey quickly. They finished their 2016-17 season with a 25-12-2 record.
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