Jacob's Wish to Become a Pittsburgh Penguin Player was the 10,000th Wish Granted By Our Chapter
Jacob, an 8-year-old from Connellsville, PA, started his day as an honorary Pittsburgh Penguin with a meeting with team GM Ray Shero to sign his contract. Our chapter's 10,000th wish had attracted enough media attention that Mr. Shero commented that he hadn't had that many reporters and cameras around when he signed team star Sidney Crosby.
Jacob was escorted into the Penguins' locker room where his own locker was waiting for him with official equipment including a helmet, stick and his own jersey. Players greeted their new teammate before heading onto the ice for practice. Penguins' Equipment Manager Dana Heinze then showed Jacob how to prepare a stick, sharpen his skates and then let Jacob choose any player stick for his very own.
At his first press conference, Jacob fielded questions about the salary cap, his position and the team's chances that night. When it was time for practice, left winger Matt Cooke came off the ice and hoisted Jacob up onto his hip for a skate around the ice and visits with his teammates. At the far end of the ice, Matt set Jacob down and helped him take practice shots at goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Jacob got one past Fleury with the help of his new teammates.
That night, before the game against the Hurricanes, Jacob was in the penalty box while his team warmed up and on the runway to share fist-bumps as the team headed onto the ice at the start of the game. Jacob got to enjoy the game in the seats directly behind his team's bench and was featured on the Jumbotron during the game.