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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.






Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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