Video: Penguins deliver season tickets personally
Pittsburgh Penguins team captaiin Sidney Crosby hand delivers tickets to season ticket holder Alice Kilgore.
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It's not likely too many deliverymen get this sort of greeting.
"I can't believe it's Sidney Crosby delivering my tickets!" Alice Kilgore blurted when she opened the front door of her Castle Shannon home.
Crosby, the NHL's reigning scoring champion and MVP, was one of six Penguins players who hand-delivered season tickets to 24 homes around the Pittsburgh area today. The others were forwards Evgeni Malkin, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot, defenseman Ryan Whitney and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
The team chose the full- and half-season ticket holders randomly. To ensure the fans would be home, they were told a player would deliver their goodie box -- with the tickets, a highlight video, pocket schedules and other items -- but not which player. Kilgore was worried she wouldn't recognize the one sent to her house.
"Some of the players I don't know without their number," she said. "I recognized him without his number."
Just in case, Crosby was wearing his Penguins sweater over jeans.
Once Kilgore got over her shock, she ducked back inside and produced a commemorative puck she once received from the Penguins for being a season ticket holder since 1972 -- 15 years before Crosby was born.
Crosby thanked her for her support and signed the box.
"I think it's a great idea," Crosby said of the players delivering tickets. "It's a good opportunity for the guys to say thanks personally."
Kilgore has two seats to games and belongs to the Penguins Booster Club.
After watching the club for so long, she offered Crosby a no-nonsense prediction for 2007-08.
"I don't think you'll win the [Stanley] Cup this year," she said. "Not yet. Maybe next year."
Crosby, slighty surprised, said, "Well, we'll try this year."
First Published September 6, 2007 3:18 pm