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NHL’s Penguins sell out 600th straight game

The Pittsburgh Penguins has reached the milestone of 600 consecutive sold-out games at its PPG Paints Arena following an 18,655 attendance on Sunday.

The game against Boston Bruins continued a run that began in February 2007, when they beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 at their old Mellon Arena.

During the streak, they have drawn more than 10.8 million fans to home games in Pittsburgh.

“To look back to 2007 and think we could sell out 600 straight games boggles the mind,” said David Morehouse, the Penguins president and chief executive.

“It’s a testament to the passion of Pittsburgh and the passion of our fans. There’s no question that our fans are as resilient as our hockey team. They’ve been a big part of our success every step of the way.”

The Penguins have enjoyed the most successful period in their history in the last 13 years having won three Stanley Cups and four Conference championships.

Morehouse added: “We’ve been fortunate to have great players and great success here in Pittsburgh, but even that doesn’t ensure automatic sell-outs.

“There are so many factors involved. Our ownership gives us everything we need to succeed – they literally never say no. Our players are driven to win on the ice and are tremendous ambassadors in the community.

“Our ticketing and marketing staffs are the best in the business. And on top of everything, we’ve got amazing fans. The streak is a great tribute to them all.”

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