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12-24-2008, 11:47 PM
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Penguins happy to help

Nice heart-warming Penguins story from the Trib this Christmas Day:

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"We are pretty fortunate in our lives with what we have," said Gill, who wasn't surprised teammates donated time and more than $6,000 in gifts for the sick children and their less-fortunate families. "It's a time of year when everybody is having a good time. You're supposed to be outside having fun, talking about Santa -- and some kids are stuck in a hospital, some with very serious illnesses.

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Hitting it big, Fleury said, provided him the financial means to make his parents proud.

"They never had a lot of money, so every day that I get to do this it really is like a dream," he said. "Away from the rink, though, you hear about people suffering, and it's tough for us because we don't really know what it's like. During the season, we're at the rink, and when we're not, we're at home trying to relax.

"Right now, a lot of people can't relax. It's hard for people. They don't have jobs. They are worried about things we don't have to worry about because we make a lot of money.

"My job as a player is to help the Penguins win hockey games, but I think our job as people is to help each other through these times. Hockey players have a lot to give, not just money. We should. Look at what's happening to people everywhere, and it's Christmas -- this is when we should give back."
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_604488.html

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My job as a player is to help the Penguins win hockey games, but I think our job as people is to help each other through these times.
is such an admirable quote.

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Look at these big softies. Awwwww


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Its good to see players doing this. Makes me believe in them in more as a fan.

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No mention of Therrien doing anything. FIRE THERRIEN!


But nice to see the players give back and I agree, that Fleury quote is amazing. I wonder how long it took him to come up with that one.

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Deh Pengwinz hate eech oder.

No cemisry, end dey ar orribel peepel.

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Note: Forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace were re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late Tuesday.

That just feels a bit out of place.

But in all seriousness, big props to Gill for organizing that on his own and to Fleury for what they said regarding him wanting to be involved long-term in different charities.

Good guys all around.

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I work at the hospital and they usually come a couple times a year. Its really nice for the kids

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The fact that it was player organized speaks volumes about the character of the guys on this team and why in the realm of professional athletics, hockey players range supreme.

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