The following article was posted on www.altoonamirror.com on Sunday, September 23 featuring former Brown standout Sam Lafferty.
By: MIRROR REPORTS
When Pittsburgh hosts Detroit this afternoon in an NHL exhibition game at Consol Arena, Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty will be continuing his bid to earn a roster spot with the Penguins.
And he can hardly contain his enthusiasm.
“I’m so excited,” Lafferty texted to the Mirror. “To take the ice in Pittsburgh wearing black and gold is going to be special, something I’ll never forget.”
The Penguins have played three exhibition games so far. Lafferty did not play in the opener at Buffalo on Tuesday, but he got three shots on goal in his debut in Detroit a night later.
“I got some good looks, and I think I’ll get more chances,” he said.
Pittsburgh played Columbus on Saturday, and Lafferty was not expecting to play in that game, but he’ll play today.
“I have lots of family and friends coming to the game,” he said. “The support I’ve gotten from everyone back home had been incredible.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward and fourth-round draft pick in 2014, Lafferty expects to open the season at the Penguins’ top farm club in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he finished last year.
“My main focus is to show what I can do and enjoy the experience,” Lafferty, 23, said. “It’s been really fun so far. I expect to start the season (in Wilkes-Barre), but I still play the same way regardless of where I am.
“Every opportunity is a chance to show what you can do and make them think a little bit.”
Lafferty played nine games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the end of last season. He scored one goal and had two assists.
“It was a very valuable experience last year in Wilkes-Barre,” Lafferty told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m definitely going to draw on that.”
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