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Is this goodbye for good…

By: Nicholas Williams


The stage is set Wednesday night the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins versus the underdog of this years playoffs the Montreal Canadiens for a game seven in the conference semi-finals. This could possibly be the last game ever to be played at the historic Mellon Arena (formerly the Civic Auditorium and Civic Arena, nicknamed The Igloo). The Penguins debuted at the Civic Arena on October 11, 1967 in a 2–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins would like to send Mellon Arena out with one final Stanley Cup Championship. On the other hand the Canadiens would like to leave Mellon Arena the same way they first visited in '67 with a W. The Canadiens fresh off a game seven victory against the heavily favored Washington Capitals in round 1 seem poised for another thrilling upset.

Mario Lemieux the savor of Pittsburgh (on more than one occasion), when the Pittsburgh Penguins were in financial disarray Mario purchased the team and the Pens remained in the Steel City. There were many rumors that the team was going to move to another city. Mario silenced all the rumors when he announced from the ice that the Penguins would stay in Pittsburgh. On June 8, 2007, a $325 million bond was issued and the Penguins signed a 30-year lease, binding the Penguins to the city of Pittsburgh for the next 30 years, and the lease agreement was signed on September 19. On May 6, 2008, the Pittsburgh planning commission unanimously approved the final design. The arena will include a glass atrium overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and rooftop lights shining into the sky. The new $290 million dollar arena is expected to open in time for the 2010–11 NHL season.


In this years playoffs will Mellon Arena get one last glimpse of Stanley Cup Finals Hockey? Games of the 1991, 1992, 2008, and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Penguins won, were hosted at the arena. The 2008 Finals marked the only occasion that the Stanley Cup was presented on Mellon Arena ice, after the Penguins were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings in six games. In 2009 the Penguins returned the favor to the defending champ Red Wings by having the Stanley Cup presented to them in Joe Louis Arena.


Can Sid, Geno and company will there way through this game seven? I hope so. Unlike the Canadiens last victim the Penguins have heart, as if their skill wasn't enough. All the questions will be answered after game seven. May the best team win. As for Mellon Arena… see you next round, hopefully.

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