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What you need to know for the Penguins preseason

| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

The last time we saw the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, they had taken over Downtown and Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta were establishing themselves as bona fide victory parade celebrities.

On Friday, about three months after dispatching the Nashville Predators in six games in the Cup Final, they open their defense as repeat champs.

And while scoring tickets might cost you, catching the team during preseason practices won't. All practices at the UPMC Lemieux Sports complex in Cranberry are free and open to the public. If you can't get to Cranberry, the Trib's Jonathan Bombulie and Chaz Palla have you covered.

The Penguins will hold their first practice beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. The first preseason game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday against Buffalo at the Pegula Ice Arena in University Park.

The team will raise its fifth Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters of PPG Paints Arena when they host the St. Louis Blues in their season opener at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

Here is a quick guide to get you through the preseason.

Training camp practices

Note: Complete schedule to be announced later; all practices are at the Lemieux Sports Complex unless noted.

Friday

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 1 practice (Rink 1)

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 2 practice (Rink 2)

10-10:45 a.m.: Team 1 vs. Team 2 scrimmage (Rink 1)

10:45-11:05 a.m.: Teams 1 and 2 conditioning (Rinks 1 & 2)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Team 3 practice (Rink 1)

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Team 3 practice and conditioning (Rink 1)

Saturday

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 2 practice (Rink 1)

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 3 practice (Rink 2)

10-10:45 a.m.: Team 2 vs. Team 3 scrimmage (Rink 1)

10:45-11:05 a.m.: Teams 2 and 3 conditioning (Rinks 1 & 2)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Team 1 practice (Rink 1)

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Team 1 practice and conditioning (Rink 1)

Sunday

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 3 practice (Rink 1)

9-9:45 a.m.: Team 1 practice (Rink 2)

10:00-10:45 a.m.: Team 3 vs. Team 1 scrimmage (Rink 1)

10:45-11:05 a.m.: Teams 3 and 1 conditioning (Rinks 1 & 2)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Team 2 practice (Rink 1)

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Team 2 practice and conditioning (Rink 1)

Monday

9-9:45 a.m.: Team TBD practice (Rink 1)

10-10:45 a.m.: Team TBD practice (Rink 1)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Championship game - teams TBD (Rink 1)

Tuesday

11:30 a.m.: Morning skate - Game group (Rink 1)

10 a.m.: Non-game group practice (Rink 2)

7 p.m.: Game vs. Buffalo at Pegula Ice Arena, University Park

Wednesday

10 a.m.: Morning skate - Game group (Rink 1)

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Non-game group practice (Rink 2)

7 p.m.: Game vs. Detroit at PPG Paints Arena

Thursday

Day off

Exhibition schedule

7 p.m. Tuesday: vs. Buffalo at Pegula Ice Arena, University Park

7 p.m. Wednesday: vs. Detroit

7 p.m. Sept. 22: at Columbus

TBD Sept. 24: vs. St. Louis (at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex)

7:30 p.m. Sept. 25: at Detroit

7 p.m. Sept. 27: vs. Buffalo

3 p.m. Sept. 30: vs. Columbus (free game for kids)

Note: Homes games at PPG Paints Arena unless otherwise noted

Regular-season opener

8 p.m. Oct. 4: vs. St. Louis

Training camp roster

Defensemen

Player # Ht. Wt. DOB (Age)

Bengtsson, Lukas 32 5-11 172 04/14/94 (23)

Cole, Ian 28 6-1 219 02/21/89 (28)

Corrado, Frank 18 6-0 205 03/26/93 (24)

Czuczman, Kevin 27 6-2 206 01/09/1991 (26)

Dumoulin, Brian 8 6-4 207 09/06/1991 (26)

Hall, Connor 57 6-3 190 02/21/1998 (19)

Hunwick, Matt 22 5-11 200 05/21/1985 (32)

Lauzon, Zachary 36 6-1 187 10/10/1998 (18)

Letang, Kris 58 6-0 201 04/24/1987 (30)

Maatta, Olli 3 6-2 206 08/22/1994 (23)

Prow, Ethan 42 5-11 180 11/17/1992 (24)

Pouliot, Derrick 51 6-0 208 01/16/1994 (23)

Ruhwedel, Chad 2 5-11 191 05/07/1990 (27)

Schultz, Justin 4 6-2 193 07/06/1990 (27)

Summers, Chris 55 6-2 207 02/05/1988 (29)

Taylor, Jeff 52 5-11 181 04/13/1994 (23)

Tinordi, Jarred 24 6-6 230 02/20/1992 (25)

Trotman, Zach 5 6-3 217 08/26/1990 (27)

Zink, Dylan 78 6-0 181 10/08/1992 (24)

Forwards

Player # Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB (Age)

Archibald, Josh 45 RW 5-10 176 10/06/1992 (24)

Aston-Reese, Zach 46 RW 6-0 204 08/10/1994 (23)

Bellerive, Jordy 64 C 5-10 194 05/02/1999 (18)

Blueger, Teddy 53 C 6-0 185 08/15/1994 (23)

Crosby, Sidney 87 C 5-11 200 08/07/1987 (30)

Dea, Jean-Sebastien 39 RW 5-11 175 02/08/1994 (23)

Di Pauli, Thomas 54 C 5-11 188 04/29/1994 (23)

Drozg, Jan 82 RW 6-0 174 04/01/1999 (18)

Gardiner, Reid 74 RW 5-11 185 01/19/1996 (21)

Guentzel, Jake 59 LW 5-11 180 10/06/1994 (22)

Hagelin, Carl 62 LW 5-11 186 08/23/1988 (29)

Haggerty, Ryan 56 RW 6-0 201 03/04/1993 (24)

Hornqvist, Patric 72 RW 5-11 189 01/01/1987 (30)

Johnson, Adam 47 C 6-0 174 06/22/1994 (23)

Kessel, Phil 81 RW 6-0 202 10/02/1987 (29)

Kostopoulos, Tom 48 RW 6-0 197 01/24/1979 (38)

Kuhnhackl, Tom 34 LW 6-2 196 01/21/1992 (25)

Malkin, Evgeni 71 C 6-3 195 07/31/1986 (31)

McClement, Jay 11 C 6-1 205 03/02/1983 (34)

McKegg, Greg 33 C 6-0 191 06/17/1992 (25)

Miletic, Sam 80 C 6-0 196 05/04/1997 (20)

Quinney, Gage 70 LW 6-0 201 07/29/1995 (22)

Reaves, Ryan 75 RW 6-1 225 01/20/1987 (30)

Rowney, Carter 37 C 6-2 200 05/10/1989 (28)

Rust, Bryan 17 RW 5-11 192 05/11/1992 (25)

Sestito, Tom 25 LW 6-5 228 09/28/1987 (29)

Sheary, Conor 43 LW 5-8 175 06/08/1992 (25)

Simon, Dominik 49 LW 5-11 176 08/08/1994 (23)

Smith, Colin 73 C 5-10 185 06/20/1993 (24)

Sprong, Daniel 41 RW 6-0 180 03/17/1997 (20)

Thomas, Christian 60 RW 5-9 174 05/26/1992 (25)

Tiffels, Freddie 79 LW 6-0 192 05/20/1995 (22)

Wilson, Garrett 19 LW 6-2 199 03/16/1991 (26)

Wilson, Scott 23 LW 5-11 183 04/24/1992 (25)

Goaltenders

Player # Ht. Wt. DOB (Age)

DeSmith, Casey 1 6-0 181 08/13/1991 (26)

D'Orio, Alex 50 6-2 209 04/28/1999 (18)

Jarry, Tristan 35 6-2 194 04/29/1995 (22)

Maguire, Sean 40 6-2 202 02/02/1993 (24)

Murray, Matt 30 6-4 178 05/25/1994 (23)

Niemi, Antti 31 6-2 215 08/29/1983 (34)

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