Alice Kilgore, a Penguins season-ticket holder since the 1971-72 season, has watched the team win three Stanley Cups, but there were a lot of early years when they struggled.
"Some nights there was more excitement in the stands than there was on the ice," Kilgore said.
Today, events in her Castle Shannon living room made up for some of those dull nights.
Two years ago, Penguins star center Sidney Crosby delivered season tickets to Kilgore as part of a team campaign to get the players out into the community, and she startled him some by telling him the team was not ready to win the Cup that year, but perhaps the next year.
After Kilgore's prediction came true -- the Penguins advanced to the Stanley Cup final last year and won the title this year -- Crosby surprised her today with a return visit. This time, he had not only her season tickets but also the Cup.
"You were right, eh?" Crosby said to her.
Because of rain, Crosby and Kilgore celebrated inside her home. That included pictures and Kilgore kissing both trophies -- the Cup and Crosby's cheek.
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