Pittsburgh Penguins Take a Bad Turn with Addition of “Ice Crew”

July 9th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
On Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins organization announced that they would be holding auditions for a skating "ice crew" at the end of the month .

According to the Penguins' website, the ice crew will be "a team of energetic girls and guys who will help clean the ice, interact with fans and take part in other promotional activities."

A recent growing trend in the NHL has been the ice girls—essentially cheerleaders on ice skates. Some of the teams' ice girls also dedicate time to charity or other good causes in the community.

These ice girls have been a hit in many NHL markets. A look at the photograph of a Chicago Blackhawks ice girl above is all the explanation necessary.

I'm going to come out and say that I don't like the idea of ice girls, but I can begrudgingly understand the concept in some markets. But when I saw the announcement on the Penguins' main website that they would adopt a similar concept, I was not happy.

The crew is meant to be a step above the Pens Patrol, a group of girls who tossed t-shirts into the crowd during games, interacted with fans in the concourse, and were in charge of on-ice and jumbot ...

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