The Pittsburgh Steelers have not been to Soldier Field since 2009 when they lost 17-14 to the Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Penguins, however, will be traveling there on March 1st to take on the Chicago Blackhawks as part of the NHL’s larger scaled Stadium Series.
As football fans, we all know that Soldier Field is primarily used for football events. That has not fallen lightly on a particular member of the Penguins as the team prepares to face off against the Blackhawks in a prime time matchup on Saturday. Pittsburgh Magazine reported that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be wearing a specially designed goalie helmet that looks very familiar. Check out the shots below.
Here’s a closer look at some of the detail:
As you can see, it’s a pretty cool resemblance to a Steelers helmet worn on the football field. The yellow stripe, type font for the numbers, and even the Penguin emblem on the right side of the helmet all harken to what our boys in black & gold wear every Sunday during the season. Pretty cool. I have to admit that it is a little freaky having the lower extension of the net minder’s mask be painted up as if there someone inside the football looking helmet. I’m sure it will look pretty damn cool when Fleury has this thing on and poised to block shots. Only his eyes will show through, but it will kind of look like his entire face is showing with that painted one there. I would just like to know who’s lips they modeled that thing off of!
Be sure to check out the game, which starts at 8 pm EST on NBC. It’s sure to be a great game as the defending Stanley Cup champs face off against the Penguins who lead their division and lead the entire Eastern Conference in points with 83. The Pens were 6-3-1 in their last ten games prior to the Olympic break. The Blackhawks were 4-3-3 in their last ten, and some guys like Patrick Kane are still licking their wounds after coming home medal’less from Sochi. Sydney Crosby is coming off a gold medal winning performance, and I’m sure the entire team is hungry to get back at it after an almost three week layoff for some players not participating in the Olympics.