The Pittsburgh Penguins announced a few hours ago that they will honor Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers who passed away this week, by wearing a decal on their helmets in their Friday night playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will honor Dan Rooney by wearing special helmet decals tonight. pic.twitter.com/kHfzpaXthK
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 14, 2017
As you can see below, the helmet decal includes Rooney’s full name in addition to the Steelers logo along with his birth and death years.
Penguins president/CEO David Morehouse and team owner Mario Lemieux both issued statements on Rooney’s passing on Thursday.
Statement from David Morehouse:
“Dan Rooney exemplified the very best of Pittsburgh. He was classy, courteous, dedicated, honest, hard-working – and, most of all, he never forgot where he came from. He and his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers set the standard for operating a first-class professional sports franchise – both on and off the field – and his generous contributions to our community will never be forgotten. From a personal standpoint, I was honored to call him a friend and always appreciated his unwavering support of the Penguins. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Patricia, and the entire Rooney family. Mr. Rooney was a champion and a true Pittsburgh icon. He will be missed.”
Statement from Mario Lemieux:
“Mr. Rooney was an amazing man who made such tremendous contributions to the NFL, the City of Pittsburgh and the people of our community. I feel very fortunate to have known him. He impacted many of our lives, and he left a legacy that makes us all proud to be Pittsburghers.”
The Penguins currently lead their playoff series with the Blue Jackets 1-0 after winning Game 1 Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Game 2 will also take place Friday night in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Area.