There’s a sign on the Zamboni gate at PPG Paints Arena that reads, “Flood like a champion today.” And finally, after 43 years, Pittsburgh Penguins ice technician Gerry Kienzi can call himself a champion.
Kienzi, along with every other member of the Penguins’ arena staff, received Stanley Cup rings on behalf of team owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux yesterday. "I can't tell you what this means," Kienzl said. "I'm shaking. I'm actually shaking."
The Penguins held a ceremony yesterday for their staff and presented each individual with their very own Stanley Cup ring. "
This is something special for Ron and I, to have the opportunity to repay these people who do an amazing job for the Pittsburgh Penguins in this building," said Lemieux. "They are the best in the business and that's the least we could do today, to repay them. They're a part of our team, they're a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins and I'm glad we were able to share this with them today."
The staff, of course, were floored by the honor. "To be honored like this, it's amazing," said usher Sam Adamese. "Simply amazing. To meet Mario and Ron, can't ask for anything more. Never expected them to be here."
Kudos to Mr. Burkle and Mr. Lemieux, this is just further proof that the Penguins are the best run franchise in the entire NHL.