The Stanley Cup champs are coming to Hockey Valley.
Penn State announced Monday morning that Pegula Ice Arena will host an NHL exhibition game on Sept. 19, featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.
The Penguins are just over a week removed from winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup, beating the Nashville Predators in six games.
The game marks the second NHL preseason contest hosted by the arena. Last September, the Minnesota Wild faced off against Sabres — who are owned by Penn State alumnus and hockey program benefactor Terry Pegula. The Wild won that game 2-1.
“The opportunity to once again host the Buffalo Sabres at Pegula Ice Arena and bring the NHL back to Hockey Valley is tremendously exciting,” Assistant Athletic Director Michael Cross said in a statement released by the university. “Both the Sabres and Penn State learned numerous things from each other during last year’s event and building upon the relationships that were established around this game last year will add value for both organizations.”
The university began dropping a number of not-so-subtle hints on various social media accounts Sunday that the arena would be hosting another game.
Among the postings on Twitter were a picture of the area behind the goal line at Pegula Ice Arena with the lines of the trapezoid — an area restricting goalies used in NHL games but not in NCAA contests — and a question asking which NHL teams Penn State fans would like to see play at the arena.
Because it is a preseason game, there will be no guarantees any of the teams’ star players will be on the ice, such as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin or Buffalo’s Jack Eichel.
Tickets for the game will range from $25-80, with sales first for Penn State hockey season-ticket holders June 27. Sales will follow for Nittany Lion Club members and additional tickets for season-ticket holders. General public sales will begin Aug. 1 and Penn State student sales will be in mid-August.