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Pens Press Release on Camp-The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their 50th anniversary season by opening training camp on Friday, September 23 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa.

Penguins players will hit the ice for the first time this season on Friday at 9 a.m.

All practices and scrimmages at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will be open to the public. Media are advised to arrive early for practice, as parking is first-come, first-serve.

This year, players will be divided into three teams, with all three holding at least one practice per day, and two of the three teams facing off in a 45-minute scrimmage. The team that does not participate in the daily scrimmage will hold two practice sessions.

On Friday, Team 1 (Rink 1) and Team 2 (Rink 2) will practice from 9:00-9:45 a.m., then scrimmage against one another on Rink 1 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. All players from Teams 1 and 2 will be available to the media inside the locker room at 11:05 a.m. following off-ice conditioning.

Team 3 will practice twice on Rink 1 Friday. The first session will run from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and the second practice will be from 12:45-1:15 p.m. Players from Team 3 will be available to the media inside the locker room at 1:30 p.m. following off-ice conditioning.

A complete training practice schedule with media availabilities is listed below. Later this week a training camp roster will be released.

Pittsburgh begins its exhibition slate with back-to-back road games September 27-28 in Detroit and Chicago. The Penguins play their first home game on Friday, September 30 against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

On Saturday, October 8 at 3 p.m. the Penguins will conclude the preseason by hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth annual ‘Free Game for Kids’.

The home preseason opener is the first of four games that will be televised during the exhibition season, as Pittsburgh’s CW will have that game with Paul Steigerwald, Bob Errey and Dan Potash calling the action.

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