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January 3, 2013

Penguins to play exhibition in Johnstown

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JOHNSTOWN —

Tomahawks majority owner James Bouchard and his company Esmark have strong ties to the Penguins, and Bouchard is a friend of Mario Lemieux, the Hall of Famer who won two Stanley Cups with the Pens before becoming an owner of the team.

“My brother Jim has made several trips to Haiti and is very involved in the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation and that’s how this all came to fruition,” Richard Bouchard said. “He made several trips to donate medical supplies over the last few years. Haiti is officially the poorest country in the world. Pittsburgh Kids Foundation has made several trips.

“Dr. Brad Henderson is the president of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation and between him and my brother, they approached me and said Johnstown would be the perfect fit to raise some money for this great cause.”

Bouchard even has three NHL officials to work the game in referees Steve Walkom and Paul Devorski, and linesman Derek Amell.

Special commemorative uniforms have been ordered and will be part of a silent auction to raise money for the charities, Bouchard said.

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