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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Morehouse
Sid the Kid is sticking in Pittsburgh until he's Sid the Old Man.
Arguably, no NHL franchise has been more positively impacted by the draft than the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When Penguins president David Morehouse and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl attended the NHL's first Winter Classic, they talked about how great it would be to bring the hockey showcase - and all the publicity and money generated from it - to their city one day.
Mike Knuble teed up a puck on a wooden platform a few inches above Heinz Field's green grass and lofted a perfectly placed wrist shot between the uprights.
Morehouse said the Penguins are "vocal" in expressing their desire to Bettman to host a future All-star game, noting that the team leads the NHL among U.S.-based franchises in merchandising and local television ratings.
"That was just a validation from what we've seen with the explosion of youth hockey in Pittsburgh," Morehouse said. "When I was a kid, there were ... six (indoor) rinks here. Now, there's over 50 in the Tri-State area, and kids who ... used to gravitate toward baseball, basketball and football now are gravitating toward hockey."