Pittsburgh Penguins: An Ode To the Igloo
In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, at 66 Mario Lemieux Place
Sits the Steel City’s iconic Igloo, inconspicuous to the locals, but filled with a hometown charm and unwavering grace.
Constructed with steel, stone, and an abundance of concrete; still the soul of this building lies inside on the ice, that one simple sheet.
On that ice, hockey players have skated to live out their childhood dreams; it has housed all-stars, icons, legends, and three championship teams.
It is the place where Super Mario scored five goals in one game, each a different way
Short handed, even strength, empty net, penalty shot, and on the power play
It witnessed its share of heartbreak, like a blown 3-0 series lead
The Pens fell to the Islanders in game seven, only the second time in league history where the team down by three would ultimately succeed
It was the arena where a dynamic Jagr shined for 11 spectacular seasons
Until, unfortunately, he was traded away for personal and financial reasons.
Who could forget the comeback in the 1992 Cup during the first game?
Murphy’s shot from the point, kicked out by Ed Belfour, put home by Lemieux, Pens win... the next three, the result would be the same.
Mellon is where we were introduced to Crosby, Malkin, and Staal.
Three youngsters whom amazing play we have come to expect, yet still can shock us all.
The Igloo even hosted a Hollywood action movie within in its wonderful round shell.
Sadly, it starred Jean Claude Van Dame and was called “Sudden Death”…watching it was pure hell.
The Consol Energy Center will be a gorgeous venue, both new and state of the art
But the place originally known as Civic Arena will always hold the Pens fans' hearts
The Pittsburgh Penguins will write new stories and create great memories within their new home
But to me, a lifelong Pens fan, they will always belong to that architectural anomaly across the street with the retractable dome.
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