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Penguins players make holiday visit to UPMC Children's Hospital

Frank Carnevale
| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 10:09 a.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 20-year-old Mahkiya Bennett at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
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Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 20-year-old Mahkiya Bennett at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. One fan, Ryan Francis, whose infant girl is in the hospital, showed off his Penguins tattoo on his leg, which the players signed.
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. One fan, Ryan Francis, whose infant girl is in the hospital, showed off his Penguins tattoo on his leg, which the players signed.
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 18-year-old Dylan Carr at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 18-year-old Dylan Carr at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 10-year-old Christopher, who was hospitalized with a heart condition, at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins players visited with 10-year-old Christopher, who was hospitalized with a heart condition, at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Pittsburgh Penguins players took some time on Tuesday to visit children, families and staff at UPMC Children’s Hospital decked out in hockey sweaters and Christmas hats while spreading good will.

The players led by Sidney Crosby stopped by several rooms during their annual holiday visit, according to the team .

Crosby said he’s always taken by the strength of the people he meets at the hospital

“It’s not an easy time, especially this time of year and dealing with what they’re dealing with,” he said. “But their families and them individually, just how strong they are and the attitude that they have, I think that always stays with me when I leave.”

Along with Crosby, the one group of Pens included Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen, Derek Grant, Derick Brassard, Jake Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese making the rounds.

While another group consisting of Kris Letang, Casey DeSmith, Riley Sheahan, Dominik Simon, Jack Johnson and Juuso Riikola also roamed the halls.

The team posted photos and video of the visit their Twitter page :

The team returns to the ice Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena to take on the New York Islanders.

Thursday night is also Superhero Theme Night, which will feature 17 costumed superheroes in the stands. Fans are encouraged to wear their own costumes and Penguins jerseys will be given away to the best-dressed fans (one per period).

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, fcarnevale@tribweb.com or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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