For The Tribune-Democrat
For the second consecutive year, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and Stanley Cup winner will drop the ceremonial first puck to open the Johnstown Tomahawks season.
The team announced this morning that Bill Guerin will be hand to the do honors as the team hosts the Port Huron Fighting Falcons on Sept. 15 Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
Guerin was the trade-deadline acquisition who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Revered for his leadership, grit, skill, and experience, the power forward played a key role on Sidney Crosby's wing, helping the Penguins capture their first Stanley Cup championship since the 1992-93 season.
Last year, former Penguins player and current owner Mario Lemieux, who was on those Cup-winning teams from the '90s, dropped the puck for the Tomahawks' first home game.
Guerin also won Stanley Cup winner in 1995, Guerin was a four-time NHL All-Star and a three-time member of the United States Olympic team. He finished his career seventh among American scorers with 429 career goals. He recently was named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
“Bill Guerin is one of the most successful and well-known American-born players to ever play in the NHL,” Tomahawks President Richard Bouchard said in a press release. “There is no better person to represent the values and goals of organization than Bill Guerin. Through his tremendous skill, grit, toughness, hard work and determination, he forged a Hall of Fame career and led a generation of American-born hockey stars. We are incredibly pleased to have him help us celebrate the start of our second season.”