The simple and poignant “Boston 617” helmet decals worn by the Pittsburgh Penguins during their game on Wednesday night were designed by a Cambria County company.
Richland Plastics & Engraving co-owner Stan Haberkorn created the image. It featured a black outline of the Boston skyline silhouetted against an American flag. The logo included the city’s name and area code.
The Penguins players donned the stickers as a tribute to the victims and heroes of Monday’s bombing attack at the Boston Marathon.
Haberkorn’s design was displayed on the Consol Energy Center’s video screens during a pregame moment of silence and several other times throughout the Penguins’ contest against the Montreal Canadiens.
“It was a huge honor that they chose us to design that,” said Haberkorn. “I wanted to make it unique but still respectful.”
The company made the stickers at the request of the Penguins’ head equipment manager, Dana Heinze, a Johnstown native.
Heinze contacted Haberkorn about
8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Haberkorn, who had already planned to attend the game against the Canadiens, quickly made the decals and drove them to Pittsburgh in time for the team’s pregame skate.