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Teams named after franchise icons at Penguins development camp-ending 3-on-3 tournament

Chris Adamski
Niclas Almari works through drills at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ annual prospect development camp at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Thursday, June 29, 2017.

It’s a 3-on-3 tournament with 14-minute periods and no power plays. But the organization is doing its best to get the competitive juices flowing.

The annual capper to the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp is game play at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. To spice things up, the Penguins award a trophy – the Michel Briere Cup – complete with engraved names of the winners on it. It’s been awarded since 2016.

While last season the teams were named after development camp alumni who would go on to claim the Stanley Cup (Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta), this season the Penguins are going with current or future Hall of Famers.

The 41 players were split into four teams named after franchise icons Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Among the highest-profile players in the camp, 2019 first-round pick Samuel Poulin and newly-signed Finnish goalie Emil Larmi are on Team Jagr, second-round pick Nathan Legare was assigned to Team Lemieux and last year’s top pick, defenseman Calen Addison, is on Team Malkin.

Austin Lemieux was not assigned to the team named after his father but instead to one named in honor or his former houseman. Lemieux will play for Team Crosby.

Player development coach Tom Kostopoulos, director of player development Scott Young, special assignment scout Kevin Stevens and St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson will serve as coached the teams, which each have 5-6 forwards and 3-4 defensemen. Team Crosby is the only team with an extra goalie.

The game will faceoff at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Here are the rosters:

Team Lemieux

Coach: Kevin Stevens – Special Assignment Scout

75 Brandon Biro F

84 Liam Gorman F

36 Brandon Hawkins F

34 Nathan Legare F

15 Josh Williams F

44 Santeri Airola D

22 Zachary Lauzon D

70 Cam Lee D

84 Antti Palojarvi D

31 Matt Murray G

Team Crosby

Coach: Tom Kostopoulos – Player Development Coach

39 Roman Ahcan F

38 Chase Berger F

11 Filip Hallander F

16 Austin Lemieux F

23 Valteri Puustinen F

26 Eduards Tralmaks F

79 Niclas Almari D

32 Ryan Jones D

52 Tyler Spott D

33 Alex D’Orio G

50 Matt Jurusik G

Team Jagr

Coach: Brett Larson – St. Cloud State Head Coach

78 Renars Krastenbergs F

45 Jake Lucchini F

18 Sam Poulin F

41 Jared Spooner F

49 Bobby Trivigno F

62 Roni Allen D

67 Michael Kim D

61 Clayton Phillips D

80 Liam Ross D

60 Emil Larmi G

Team Malkin

Coach: Scott Young – Director of Player Development

64 Jordy Bellerive F

74 Matt Boucher F

24 Judd Caulfield F

82 Jan Drozg F

14 Billy Moskal F

43 Quinn Preston F

76 Calen Addison D

48 Jon Lizotte D

25 Will Reilly D

65 Tommy Nappier G

Keep up with the Pittsburgh Penguins all season long.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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