Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins Join The CSHL
The Central States Hockey League is proud to announce the league has expanded to 13 teams next year by voting to add the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins to the league beginning next season. The Jr. Penguins purchased the franchise of the Michigan Ice Dogs that left the CSHL after the 2007-08 season. The organization was approved for admission this past weekend at the league meeting.
The CSHL is proud to announce that the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins were accepted into the league and are set to begin play in the upcoming season. The Jr. Penguins plan to hit the ground running with a development path in place with teams that currently compete in the Empire Jr. B League and the CHA Premier League. In addition, they have two more feeder teams in place in the CHA Development league. At the youth level, the Jr. Penguins field a U16 Tier I team with plans to add Bantam Major and Minor teams next year.
The team will skate out of the Harmarville Blade Runners Ice Complex that features grandstands on both sides of the ice surface and provides seating for upwards of 1,500 fans. The facility includes two NHL size ice rinks and an inline surface as well.
Coaches have not been named, but the organization has the pleasure of having former NHL\’ers Phil Bourque, Ken Wregget and Mario Lemieux on staff as coaches in the organization or advisors to the program and they continue to work in the community through the NHL\’s Diversity Program.
The ownership group includes Kevin Morrison and Operations Manager, Anthony Maggio. Morrison said, \”With the success we\’ve had in the past, having placed six teams at Nationals and/or the America\’s Cup over the past seven seasons, and our goal of achieving Nationals for all three of our current Jr B and Jr C teams this season, we are confident that we can achieve success at the next level in 2009-10.\”
The team was unanimously approved for admission last weekend at the league meetings. The CSHL footprint now included Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.