Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Mario Lemieux assigned to Wilkes-Barre

 The Pittsburgh Penguins made their first roster move of the preseason by assigning owner/center and Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ... for one game only.

 On Saturday, Lemieux will wear the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sweater for a night as the AHL Penguins play their NHL parent-club in a preseason game at 7:00 PM at the First Union Arena at Casey Plaza.

 "This is something Mario wanted to do to thank the fans for their tremendous support over the past two seasons," said Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins President Jeff Barrett. "This is going to be a special night and a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for all of the hockey fans in Northeastern Pennsylvania to see Mario playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins."

 Also on Saturday, the Penguins and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Emerald Society, in conjunction with the Times Leader, will conduct a "Boot Drop" at the game, with all proceeds benefiting the families of Emergency Services workers who have been injured or killed in rescue operations in New York City.

 The Penguins will also be holding a jersey auction during Saturday's game and in the following week on the team's official website (www.wbspenguins.com). Included in the jersey auction will be Mario Lemieux's #66 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jersey. All funds raised from the auction will benefit the Twin Towers Fund.