Loney Takes Alumni Game's Tied Score in Stride
Former Penguin plays in Winter Classic Alumni Game at Heinz Field.
Troy Loney took it in stride when the Penguins and Capitals ended their Winter Classic Alumni Game in a tie today.
"It would have been nice to have a winner, but at this stage in our lives, we're okay with it," said the former Penguin who donned his No. 24 to play in the New Year's Eve matchup. Loney lives in Richland Township.
Fans at the game's outdoor rink at Heinz Field chanted for a shootout, but the final score remains 5-5.
"It was kind of hard to hear the crowd down on the ice because it was so big," Loney was quoted as saying in the Penguin Report by Sam Kasan at http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=547883, which includes a gallery of photos. "But when you get the stands filled, it's going to be a lot louder. It would be really fun to play in front of a full crowd."
Fans who were not fortunate enough to score one of the 10,000 tickets sold for the event could watch the 9:30 a.m. game on the Penguins website.
The announcers referred to Loney as being "so loved here in Pittsburgh" during his playing days in the '80s and '90s.
When Kason asked about the chemistry of the alumni team, Loney replied:
"Yeah, we still had it. You could see it on the one power play with the guys skipping around out there. You pick it up real quick."