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Penguins to hold audtions for “Ice Crew”

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The Penguins are joining many other teams around the league in introducing an on ice crew of guys and girls who will assist with cleaning the ice, interact with fans and assist with promotions.

Here is the official release from the team with all of the info you will need to audition.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will introduce a skating “Ice Crew” for the 2010-11 season – a team of energetic girls and guys who will help clean the ice, interact with fans and take part in other promotional activities.

Putting the crew on skates will add a new level of excitement to the Penguins’ game presentation as the team enters a new era at CONSOL Energy Center.

“We’ll be looking for energy, athleticism and passion for the Penguins,” said James Santilli, the team’s vice president of marketing. “We think it’s a great way for fans to get even more involved with Penguins hockey and help make games at CONSOL Energy Center an even greater entertainment experience.”

The first set of auditions for the Ice Crew will be for girls 18 and older who will skate and help clean the ice during TV timeouts. The auditions will be held at Iceoplex at Southpointe on the weekend of July 31-Aug. 1 and will include interviews and skating.

Preliminary auditions for girls will be held Saturday, July 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and final auditions will be Sunday, Aug. 1. Applicants 18 and older with skating experience or the desire to learn are encouraged to complete an online application at www.pittsburghpenguins.com/icecrew.

Prep classes will be held Wednesday, July 28 from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Friday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Iceoplex at Southpointe. Prep classes will give participants an opportunity to meet with the Ice Crew coordinator and gain a better understanding of the audition process.

Auditions for guys will be held at a later date.


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6 Comments

  1. Ozman51

    July 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Totally stupid and classless move. Pittsburgh doesn’t need women in tight pants on skate running around to get the crowd engaged or clean the ice.

    This is a joke. Like Steely McBeam bad.

    Pittsburgh doesn’t need cheerleaders. Other cities think these “crews” are a joke. Ask Ducks fans.

  2. Skaboy107

    July 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I welcome some eye candy

  3. Liz Zorn

    July 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Every woman who wants to be taken seriously as a hockey fan, should be offended by this. I have always been greatful that “my team” didn’t stoop so low as to put hockey honeys out there. I thought they avoided it because they respected their female fans.

  4. Walshy

    July 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Bah, we don’t need no stinking ice girls…

  5. YouAreAllIdiots

    July 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Can you people read?

    “a team of energetic girls and guys”

    Bunch of tight asses.

  6. ixnay8

    July 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t think it’s such a big deal just because the Pens have had the dancers for years now. If they’re already gonna have girls there as “eye candy” more or less you might as well make it more legit by getting girls who can actually skate. I just hope it isn’t putting some 15 year veteran ice crew guy out of a job.

    Now if they start trying to run the hockey equivalent of the Lingerie Bowl at intermissions then I’ll start to worry. But if they can find good looking girls who can do the job without looking like Bambi’s first steps then whatever.

    (BTW, before I get flamed for this, I’m not saying girls can’t skate or anything like that. I just hope they don’t completely overlook the skating ability to hire girls they think are hot.)