Penguins' tradition: Sidney Crosby hand-delivers tickets to fans since 2007

Written by Mila Sanina on .


You open the door. And there before you is Penguins' Sid Crosby himself. 

Imagine that!

It's one of the Penguins' famous traditions -- to send Pittsburgh hockey stars to hand-deliver ticket packages to the homes of season ticket holders. Today is the day when Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and other Penguins have visited some of the lucky Pittsburgh families. 

We have taken a look back at happy faces of Penguins' fans seeing Sidney Crosby at their front door. You'll notice his hair style may look different but it's the same familiar smile.

And remember Alice Kilgore? The woman Sidney Crosby hand-delivered tickets twice for? She didn't believe in her Penguins in 2007 so Crosby brought along the Stanley Cup in 2009.

"I don't think you'll win the Cup this year. Not yet. Maybe next year," she told Crosby.

"I wasn't happy at all," Crosby said of Kilgore's earlier prediction, which stuck with him. "I wanted to win." And they did.

Maybe it's time to visit Ms. Kilgore again?

So here, REWIND.


Carole Darling and her son-in-law Jimmy Cohen present Sidney Crosby with a piece of roofing from the old Mellon Arena Monday in Squirrel Hill. Sidney Crosby had stopped by their family home in Squirrel Hill to hand-deliver season tickets. Carole and her husband Sandy Darling have been season ticket holders for more than 40 years. 


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Penguins' Sidney Crosby signs memorabilia for Gary Henzler and his family at their Ben Avon home.  Crosby delivered the Gary and Annette Henzler's season tickets and stayed to give autographs.

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Bob and Sherrie Koch with their sons Josh, 12, and twins Matt and Ryan, 13  take a photo with Penguins' star Sidney Crosby after he delivered their season tickets to their Bethel Park home.

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Here is a smo-o-o-och! Sidney Crosby receives a kiss from Alice Kilgore after he delivered her season tickets. To Ms. Kilgore's surprise, Crosby also had the Stanley Cup with him. That was the second time Crosby visited her home. This is why.

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In this photo, Sidney Crosby is shown the score sheet from 1967 by lifelong season ticket holder David Disney after Crosby hand delivered Mr. Disney's season tickets this afternoon.  Disney has been a season ticket holder since 1967.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby hand delivers a season tickets package to season ticket holder Alice Kilgore.

That was his first ticket delivery as Pittsburgh's team captain, the position Crosby assumed on May 31, 2007. (Photos by Pete Diana/Post-Gazette)

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