Back in 1984, Chuck Gigliotti was shooting pool with his friend, Ken, at a Crafton bar when a tall 19-year-old man wearing a three-piece suit showed up and ordered a mixed drink. He spoke no English but wielded a cue stick with great authority. For Mr. Gigliotti, it was the fastest game of pool he had ever played.
About 25 years passed, and Mr. Gigliotti was working as a union carpenter at Consol Energy Center. One day, his boss asked him to do all the finish work on one of the luxury boxes, installing walnut cabinets, paneling and a bar. When he was done, Suite 66's owner, Mario Lemieux, came to check it out along with former Penguin Brian Trottier and coach Dan Bylsma. All three men autographed Mr. Gigliotti's white hard hat.
That's when Mr. Gigliotti reminded Mr. Lemieux of their previous encounter at a pool table in Crafton.
"How did I do?" he asked.
"You beat me like a pinata," Mr. Gigliotti replied.