'First pucks' have different fates - 11-04-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


It has recently happened three times in just as many weeks. A Penguins player has gotten a puck for a first career achievement.

For rookie defenseman Olli Maatta and right winger Jayson Megna, they've gotten pucks for scoring their first goals in the NHL. Saturday night in Columbus, goaltender Jeff Zatkoff received one for his first career win and shutout.

Virtually every player receives the puck for these types of milestone in the same fashion after a game. The fate of these pucks varies however. Some are prominently displayed in a player's home. Others are given to loved ones as gifts. Others collect dust in some dark corner of a closet.

Recently, several veteran members of the Penguins discussed what they've done with their "first pucks."

Sidney Crosby (above), center - “It’s at my [parent’s] house. I don’t know if it’s on the wall. I want to say it’s with my jersey from my first NHL game ... with an 8-by-10 [photo] of me celebrating. I think it’s me, [former Penguins forwards] Zigmund Palffy and [Mark Recchi]. “

Craig Adams, right wing – “They [the Hurricanes] put it on my plaque for me. I think it’s at home … my mom and dad’s home. I think it’s in a box somewhere. They just moved. I have a bunch of stuff still with them I need to ship down at some point and bring into my house. “

Brandon Sutter, center – “I’ve still got it at home. Scored at the Mellon Arena [as a member of the Hurricanes]. It’s got a Penguins logo on it. I put the puck over ‘Flower’s’ [Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury] shoulder. Got an ‘assist’ from [Penguins defenseman] Brooks Orpik who gave the puck to me and I went in and scored. I know I have it home. “

Brooks Orpik, defenseman – “It’s sitting on a shelf. We’ve got a room above our garage at home in Boston. It’s like a little case that opens up and it says the date and [other information] on it. “

Tanner Glass, left winger – “It’s framed. It’s in a closet at my parent’s house I think. It will go on a wall one day maybe. “

Kris Letang, defenseman – “The team framed it. It’s at my mom’s house. “

Matt D’Agostini, right winger – “I got the puck and it’s hanging on a little plaque that the Montreal Canadiens made up for me in my parents house back home in Canada."

Chris Kunitz (right), left winger“The team that I was playing for [Mighty Ducks] put it in a frame from the game with a score sheet and stuff. I gave it to my parents. They have it in their house. “

Robert Bortuzzo, defenseman – “I got the puck and it sat in my dressing room stall for the whole year. Then I went home and gave it to my dad. I think it’s sitting on a shelf with some other junk. “

Joe Vitale, center - “It was in Colorado. My dad got a frame for it and a picture of the goal with the lineup sheet. The whole bit. I’ve got it in storage somewhere. “

Matt Niskanen, defenseman - “I have plaque with all my first-goal pucks from different levels. My first high school puck, college, pro. And a little name plate that says the date and who was in net and stuff like that. “

Pascal Dupuis, right winger - “Still have it in my house. It’s framed in a little plaque. “

Deryk Engelland, defenseman – “I’ve probably got it somewhere. I don’t know if it’s back home or somewhere. I’ll figure something out [for displaying it]. “

Marc-Andre Fleury, goaltender – “It’s back home [in Quebec]. I put white tape around it. It’s on a shelf in the office. I keep it there.

Chuck Kobasew, right winger – “That was in Vancouver in my second or third game in the league. It was a special moment for me because I grew up in Vancouver. Had a lot of friends and family at the game. I gave the puck to a close friend of mine. He had cancer. He told me to go score in that game. I was able to give him the puck before he passed away. “

Rob Scuderi, defenseman – “It’s sitting on a shelf at the house. It’s maybe not something you think about now because you’re still playing. When you look back on it, I think it something you’re glad you kept. If we’re ever short on pucks or something, I might take it out and use it. “

Jussi Jokinen, left winger – “Obviously, it’s a really good thing to everybody. I have it in a special place at my home back in Finland with some of my other big things like my Olympic medals and world championship medals. “

(Photos: Crosby-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Kunitz-Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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