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NHL Headed Back At Penn State This Fall, Are The Penguins Involved?

on June 18, 2017 7:53 PM

UPDATE:

Penn State athletics released this photo to promote the event, and after a lot of image searching (because what else could you be doing on a beautiful Sunday night) there is a good chance we have a match. The second player looks, from a similar image search, to match that of Buffalo star Jack Eichel but a perfect outline match hasn't surfaced yet.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A year after hosting the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild, Penn State seems set to play host yet again for another preseason NHL contest at Pegula Ice Arena.

While nearly everything about the event has yet to be announced, Penn State athletics sent out multiple social media posts on Sunday asking which NHL teams fans would like to see on campus this Fall. Additionally, NHL specific markings were recently on the painted ice surface that was put in place this past week. The markings consist of the trapezoid behind the goal, a rule that neither NCAA men's or women's hockey implements.

It stands to reason that the Sabres would be involved again after a positive experience last season and their connection to owner Terry Pegula, although that has not yet been confirmed. Beyond that it's an unknown which teams would be involved with the preseason event, the Philadelphia Flyers recently announced their preseason schedule with much of the league set to announce this week.

As far as other potential teams of interest, Penn State has former players affiliated with the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. The Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins have also yet to announce their preseason slate.

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