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Winter Classic section coming Sunday, and holiday wishes for all

Sorry for the infrequent posts this month. I’ve been working hard, long hours on a Winter Classic preview section that will appear in your Sunday Trib Total Media papers. There will be a lot of tasty treats, including a look at the unique Penguins-Steelers relationship. All the stories will be available on the web site, but I suggest you pick up a hard copy Sunday. Special sections are one of the few things newspapers do that remain, indeed, special — and this one is the best of any I’ve been a part of in my eight years with the paper. There is literally something for every Pittsburgh hockey fan.

= The Penguins were off Friday and are off Saturday. They’ll play at Ottawa on Sunday.

= That’s it, except to say Happy Christmas to everybody. If you’re like me and have lost loved ones this years, keep them in your heart. Also, I would like to thank every U.S. military person around the world. May this be your last Christmas away from home.

Cheers,

Rossi

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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