2011 Pens & Pins Charity Bowling event!

The Pittsburgh Penguins showed off their bowling skills, which consisted of both strikes and gutter balls, at the third annual “Pens and Pins” Charity Bowling Tournament at the Crafton-Ingram Bowling Lanes Monday night.

Fans were teamed up with the Penguins players serving as celebrity captains. The event was organized and run by the Penguins Wives Association, with all proceeds from the evening – including funds collected from an auction and baked goods – being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.

Head coach Dan Bylsma was especially happy to be at the event. Monday marked his second time attending “Pens and Pins.”

“This is a unique event,” Bylsma said. “I’ve been here for two years now and it’s a great chance for all the players, families, kids and Make-A-Wish to get involved, bowl and have some fun. The wives have done an amazing job putting this all together, and the players have all come out and supported this and there are lots of smiles. It is also a great chance to meet and talk to the fans.”

Sidney Crosby, who did not bowl in the event due to his concussion, co-captained the team in lane 11 with Marc-Andre Fleury. The good friends and teammates cheered each other on, and the children who bowled with them were delighted to spend some time with the superstars.

Although Crosby did not bowl, he believed Fleury’s skills were enough for the both of them, calling the goaltender the best bowler on the Penguins.

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