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Army Hockey Team to Host Pittsburgh Penguins This Weekend

Brian Riley's family has a long history in college hockey. The Army coach and his program will host the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins at their West Point campus this weekend.

Army cadets might see Sidney Crosby walking around their campus this weekend.
Army cadets might see Sidney Crosby walking around their campus this weekend.
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West Point, NY --- The Army hockey team is hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on its West Point, NY campus this weekend. The Black Knights, coached by Brian Riley, were picked to finish 10th in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll released last week.

It is a great opportunity for the hockey players at Army, but also a terrific chance for the Penguins to learn about the cadets and all they must go through. The Penguins open up the NHL regular season with an October 3 date against the New Jersey Devils at home at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Earlier in the month the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks practiced and stayed at Notre Dame for a few days. They skated on the Compton Family Arena and met with current members of the Notre Dame hockey team.

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Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.