The parade route streets were scheduled to close by 9 a.m. for the 11 a.m. parade. All the stars were in attendance; from Jeff Jimmerson, the anthem singing sensation, to Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup.
"What I can tell you is it was probably the most hard coaching decision that I've ever had to make", Sullivan said. They arrived at 2:30 a.m. but were greeted by other fans who arrived Tuesday night.
Just one day after experiencing the jubilation of his third Stanley Cup parade in Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury was struck by much different emotions Thursday.
As the players took the stage to PPG Paints Arena announcer Ryan Mill's introductions, fans also learned that Ian Cole, another defenseman and former Blues player, played through a broken hand and broken ribs.
For the second year in a row, the Penguins rode through the streets of downtown Pittsburgh and waved to thousands and thousands of fans who came out to celebrate the Stanley Cup winners.
Pittsburgh won the best-of-seven Finals 4-2 against the Nashville Predators, a 2-0 victory on Sunday securing the title with one game to play. Even if the Penguins traded him to a team in need of a proven goalie, like Calgary, they would have to make another goaltender available in the expansion draft. Now the entire city of Pittsburgh, and Penguins fans all across the globe, are ready to throw the celebration of a lifetime.
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Pittsburgh has outscored the Predators 15-4 on home ice, while the Predators have outscored the Penguins 9-2 in Nashville. The Pens got to the final with an excellent power play, opportunistic scoring at five-on-five, and great goaltending.
The catfish bit was cute, but on June 14, 2017, the Penguins threw a parade that will go down as the largest sports parade in history.
The catfish will be released into the river around Point State Park on Wednesday.
"If we're somewhere else, it's on the radio". "We haven't missed a game in years".
Stan Schaffer, of South Park, remembered watching the Penguins celebrate their back-to-back wins in the '90s.
This story corrects the first name of a Penguins player to Nick Bonino.