INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 5

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Individual game tickets for all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home games for the 2017-18 season will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets for all 40 home games (two pre-season, 38 regular season) can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

The Penguins will play 30 of their 38 regular season home games on weekends and will be bringing back many popular promotions and deals from last season.

The popular WBRE/WYOU EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY promotion will return starting on Dec. 1, with lower level tickets for Friday night home games available for just $14 while supplies last. Additionally, select draft beers will be available for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for those contests. The Penguins will also host postgame autograph sessions with players following 10 of the team’s 11 Friday night home games this season.

KIDS GET IN FREE SUNDAYS are also back for 2017-18, with children age 14 and under able to attend Sunday afternoon contests for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Following each of those games, fans will be able to take to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ice for a free public skating session with players (fans are responsible for supplying their own skates).

The Penguins full promotion schedule for the 2017-18 season is listed below.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

 

DATE OPPONENT THEME / PROMOTIONS
Saturday, Oct. 7 Charlotte Opening Night / Geisinger Magnetic Schedule
Friday, Oct. 13 Lehigh Valley Postgame Autographs
Sunday, Oct. 15 Syracuse Halloween, Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), & Postgame Skate
Friday, Oct. 20 Laval Postgame Autographs
Saturday, Oct. 21 Hartford Zombie Night / Penguins Car Magnet
Sunday, Nov. 5 Hershey Harry Potter Day, Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), & Postgame Skate
Saturday, Nov. 11 Providence Veterans Day / Penguins Team Card Strip #1
Saturday, Nov. 25 Syracuse Youth Sports Night #1
Friday, Dec. 1 Milwaukee WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.) / Bayard – Times Tribune – Citizens Voice Team Photo Giveaway
Saturday, Dec. 2 Rochester Teddy Bear Toss / Penguins Team Card Strip #2
Friday, Dec. 8 Charlotte WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 22 Binghamton WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 23 Lehigh Valley Festivus Celebration, Jersey Auction / Penguins Team Card Strip #3
Friday, Dec. 29 Hartford WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)
Friday, Jan. 5 Springfield WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.) / PA Lottery Giveaway (Fans 18 and older)
Saturday, Jan. 6 Belleville Jeep Jake Guentzel Bobblehead
Friday, Feb. 2 Hershey WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.) – Football Friday (Wear Your Favorite Team’s Jersey)
Saturday, Feb. 3 Lehigh Valley Pink In The Rink – Pink Stick Auction / McCarthy Tire All-Star Poster Giveaway
Saturday, Feb. 17 Utica METLife Military Appreciation Night – Camo Jersey Auction
Friday, Feb. 23 Rockford WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.) – Olympic Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 25 Hershey Tux’s Birthday! – Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), & Postgame Skate
Saturday, Mar. 10 Grand Rapids Boy Scout Night / Star Wars Night, Jersey Auction / Penguins Team Card Strip #4
Saturday, Mar. 17 Hartford St. Patrick’s Day, Jersey Auction
Sunday, Mar. 18 Hershey Superhero Day (Dress Like a Superhero) – Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), & Postgame Skate
Sunday, Mar. 25 Bridgeport Princess Day (featuring members of a Moment of Magic) – Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket) & Postgame Skate
Saturday, Mar. 31 Providence Youth Sports Night #2 / Girl Scout Night
Friday, Apr. 6 Bridgeport WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Apr. 7 Binghamton First Responders Night / Fan Appreciation Night

 

PITTSBURGH RE-SIGNS J.S. DEA


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The two-way deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Dea, 23, made his NHL debut for the Penguins in the 2016-17 regular-season finale against the New York Rangers. He was a member of the 2016 and ’17 Penguins’ ‘Black Aces’ taxi squad when the Pens won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound Laval, Quebec native, Dea has played three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. In 2016-17, he played 73 games, the second most on WBS, and notched 34 points (18G-16A), the seventh most on the team.

In 2015-16, Dea set career highs across the board in games played (75), goals (20), assists (16), points (36), plus-minus (+13) and shots (147) with WBS. His seven power-play goals as a rookie in 2014-15 tied him for the team lead with Scott Wilson.

Dea was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Penguins on September 17, 2013. He played three seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the Huskies, Dea tallied 192 career points (111G-81A). In 2013-14, he scored 49 goals, 18 more than second-highest player on the team. That total set a single-season career high and tied for the fourth most in the QMJHL.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS ADD TIM ARMY TO COACHING STAFF

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced three additions to their hockey operations staff for the 2017-18 season. Tim Army has been named an assistant coach, joining head coach Clark Donatelli and fellow assistant J.D. Forrest behind the Penguins’ bench. Additionally, Seamus McKelvey has been named Head Athletic Trainer, and Mike Joyce has been hired as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Army, 54, joins the Penguins with 29 years of coaching experience in the NHL, AHL and NCAA, most recently spending the past seven seasons serving as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche. The Providence,  Rhode Island native spent three seasons (2002-2005) as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL, compiling a 99-89-26-6 record in 240 games. He then went on to spend six seasons as head coach of his hometown Providence College Friars from 2005-2011.

Throughout his career, Army has served as a coach for USA Hockey, including winning the bronze medal twice with the U.S. National Team at the 1996 and 2013 IIHF World Championships. He also guided the U-18 Team at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup to a second place finish.

Before his coaching tenure, Army played one season in the AHL with the Maine Mariners, recording 27 points (11G-16A) in 68 games during the 1985-86 campaign. He was also a four-year letterman (1981-85) at Providence College, serving as the Friars captain during his senior season.  He was a Hobey Baker Award Finalist and the first recipient of the Hockey East Scoring Champion Award in 1985.

McKelvey spent the last season as the assistant athletic trainer for the Providence Bruins. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree at East Stroudsburg University, and worked on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton training staff as a graduate assistant in 2012-13. After graduating from ESU, he spent one year as an athletic trainer for Neumann University and then became the head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers  from 2014-16.

Joyce, originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, graduated from Marywood University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a minor in nutrition. He spent the last year assisting the Penguins as an intern under the tutelage of former strength coach, Doug Davidson. Joyce is also a certified U.S.A. Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.

The Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS SIGN GAGE QUINNEY

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Gage Quinney to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Quinney spent his first season as a pro last year playing for the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, where he notched 44 points (18G-26A) in 45 games. He earned his first career point in Wheeling’s second game of the season on Oct. 20 against Reading, and netted his first pro goal two games later on Oct. 28 at Kalamazoo. He scored his first career hat trick on Mar. 15 at Elmira.

Quinney recorded three or more points on five different occasions, tied with Nick Sorkin for the most on the Nailers.

The Las Vegas, Nevada native played three seasons in the Western Hockey League before turning pro. He earned 119 points (53G-66A) in 182 games with the Prince Albert Raiders, Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. Quinney was also a member of the 2014-15 Kelowna squad that captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions.

Quinney and the Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

RYAN HAGGERTY RE-SIGNS WITH WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Haggerty to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Haggerty saw action in 58 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, earning 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in that time. In his first three AHL seasons with the Penguins, Rockford IceHogs and Hartford Wolf Pack, the 24-year-old has racked up 69 points (35G-34A) in 170 games.

Prior to turning pro in 2014, the Stamford, Conn. native was a collegiate hockey standout at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In three seasons at R.P.I., Haggerty posted 47 goals and 37 assists for 84 total points in 106 NCAA contests. Named the Engineer’s Most Valuable Player during his junior season, Haggerty finished third in the NCAA in goals (28) and tied for eighth in points (43).

Haggerty and the Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN FORWARD CODY WYDO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Cody Wydo to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Wydo comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after two full seasons with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. In his time with Wheeling, he posted 116 points (54G-62A) in 138 games. Last season, the undrafted forward also appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, signing a professional tryout agreement on Apr. 8, 2017 after leading the Nailers in goals (30) and points (60). Wydo notched his first AHL goal a day later when the Penguins were visiting the Providence Bruins.

The 26-year-old from Southgate, Mich. was a four-year letterman at Robert Morris University and captained the team his senior season. He had a nearly point-per-game career with the Colonials, with 150 points in 151 games. Wydo was also named a Hobey Baker Award finalist after leading the Colonials to the 2014-15 Atlantic Hockey regular season championship.

Before his collegiate and professional careers, Wydo spent two seasons in the North American Hockey League. In his second season with the Motor City Metal Jackets, he was named the NAHL Forward of the Year while  earning the most goals (40), assists (51) and points (91) in the league.

Wydo and the Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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SCOTT YOUNG NAMED PENGUINS DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT


The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Scott Young director of player development, Jarrod Skalde player development coach, and Brendan Sullivan goaltending development coach, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Young, 49, enjoyed a distinguished 16-plus year NHL career that included Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins in 1991 and the Colorado Avalanche in ’96. He also had a stellar international career with USA Hockey, all of which earned him enshrinement into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.

A native of Clinton, Massachusetts, Young most recently served on the hockey staff at his college alma mater, Boston University, since 2014. His tenure there began as the school’s director of hockey operations, before he moved behind the bench as an assistant coach for the last two seasons.

Young’s lengthy NHL career saw him skate for six franchises – the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Quebec/Colorado, Anaheim, St. Louis and Dallas – while amassing regular-season totals of 1,181 games, 342 goals, 415 assists and 757 points. His goal total ranks 10th all-time among American-born players. Young tacked on 87 points (44G-43A) in 141 career NHL playoff contests.

An eight-time 20-goal scorer and seven-time 50-point producer, Young enjoyed his best season with St. Louis in 2000-01, setting careers highs in goals (40) and points (73). In his final NHL season at age 38 in 2005-06, Young led the Blues in scoring with 49 points in his second tour of duty with the club.

The Whalers’ first-round (11th overall) draft pick in 1986, Young played two seasons of college hockey at Boston University, where he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year as a freshman. During his time with the Terriers, Young was teammates with Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins bench boss Clark Donatelli.

At the international level, Young represented the United States in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 2002), three World Championships and three World Junior Championships. Young was also a member of the U.S. team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. The Americans won silver in the ’02 Olympic Games.

As a player, Young skated for a handful of legendary coaches that included Bob Johnson, Herb Brooks, Jack Parker, Joel Quenneville and Marc Crawford.

Skalde, 46, joins the Pittsburgh organization after accumulating a wealth of professional experience as both a player and coach in professional hockey leagues all over the world.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario native enjoyed a 17-plus year professional playing career that included stops with eight NHL clubs over parts of nine seasons.

Skalde was originally a 1989 second-round (26th overall) draft pick of the New Jersey Devils. He broke into the professional ranks in the early ‘90s with the Devils and their American Hockey League affiliate in Utica, where he was teammates with Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin, who was chosen fifth overall by New Jersey in ’86.

Since hanging up his skates, Skalde has embarked on a nine-year coaching career that most recently saw him serve as head coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League over the last two years. Skalde has also been a head coach in the American Hockey League (Norfolk Admirals, 2014-15), ECHL (Cincinnati Cyclones, 2010-13) and the International Hockey League (Bloomington PrairieThunder, 2008-10).

As Cincinnati’s head coach in the ECHL in 2013, Skalde won that circuit’s Coach of the Year award. His coaching career includes a stint as assistant coach of Canada’s entry into the 2016 Under-18 World Junior Championship, and one year as Norfolk’s assistant in 2013-14.

During his playing days, Skalde logged over 1,000 career professional regular-season and playoff games in North America, appearing in 622 AHL contests, 322 games in the now-defunct IHL, and 115 NHL appearances. In addition, he played in professional leagues in Sweden, Switzerland, Asia and Slovenia.

A captain of five different clubs, Skalde was a champion twice as a pro. He won the IHL’s Turner Cup with the Orlando Solar Bears in 2001 and won a championship in Slovenia with HK Jesenice in 2008.

As mentioned, Skalde broke into the NHL with New Jersey, followed by stints with Anaheim, Calgary, San Jose, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He notched 34 points (13G-21A) with those clubs. He also laced up the skates with nine different franchises in the AHL and seven in the IHL.

Before joining the Devils organization, Skalde played four seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League, mostly with the Oshawa Generals, plus a late-season stint with the Belleville Bulls. Skalde and the Generals won both the OHL and Memorial Cup championships in 1990, when one of his teammates included Eric Lindros.

Sullivan, 29, has worked closely with newly-appointed Penguins goaltending coach Mike Buckley for the last eight years as a staff member at Buckley’s GDS Elite training school. Sullivan has also spent the last two years as a scout for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League.

Sullivan, who hails from Fall River, Massachusetts, played four years of college hockey at Lake Forest College, an NCAA Division III school, between 2009-13. He was a four-year starter between the pipes at Lake Forest, earning First-Team All-Conference honors and setting many school records.

Prior to jumping into the college ranks, Sullivan played one year with the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in 2008-09, and he played high school hockey at Catholic Memorial High School, where he was one of the top players in the Boston region. While at Catholic Memorial High School, where he was named his team’s MVP after backstopping his club to a pair of championships, Sullivan began working as a student under Buckley’s tutelage.

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PENGUINS SIGN FORWARD RILEY BOURBONNAIS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Riley Bourbonnais to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Last year while serving as captain of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men’s hockey team, Bourbonnais led the team in goals (17), points (31), and power-play goals (10), and tied for second in assists (14). Bourbonnais ended his four years at R.P.I. with 71 points (37G-34A) in 121 games played.

The 23-year-old from Rochester, N.Y. also posted eight points (5G-3A) in 10 games during a brief stint with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) after signing his first professional contract on Mar. 15, 2017.

Before his collegiate career, Bourbonnais played two seasons in the United States Hockey League. In 116 games with Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Lincoln, he recorded 88 points (42G-46A). In 2011, he was selected to the U.S. National Junior Team to compete in the World Junior A Challenge, where he posted one assist in five games.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS ANNOUNCE FOUR PRESEASON GAMES

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today their exhibition schedule for the 2017 preseason. The Penguins will play four contests (two home / two away) split between the Hershey Bears and new Binghamton Devils.

The Penguins’ 2017 preseason dates and game times are as follows:

• Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 – Hershey @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Binghamton @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 – W-B/Scranton @ Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 – W-B/Scranton @ Binghamton, 5:05 p.m.

The Devils are one of three new franchises joining the American Hockey League for the 2017-18 regular season.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS RE-SIGN JARRETT BURTON


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Jarrett Burton to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Burton appeared in 39 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year during his first season playing under an AHL contract. He posted seven goals and four assists for 11 points in that time. The 26-year-old from Echo Bay, Ont. also registered 10 points (4G-6A) in nine games in a brief stint with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4, 2017.

Proving to be an effective penalty killer during his time in the pros, Burton previously played four years at Clarkson University, where he tallied 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points and 91 penalty minutes in 141 collegiate games. He also posted two consecutive 20-point seasons during his junior and senior years, and played alongside fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton teammate Troy Josephs in his final year with the Golden Knights.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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