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Photos: Pens Silly Good Time With Kids in Project Bundle Up

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Olli Maatta’s two young charges were testing him, dodging in and out of the racks at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and he was smiling like the dickens. “They’re playing hide and seek,” the defenseman said as he tried to keep track of the children he was helping at the team’s annual Salvation Army “Project Bundle Up” outing.

One or two disadvantaged middle school students were assigned to each Penguins player, and they shopped for winter clothing and accessories. There also were laughs, autographs and silliness at a photo booth.

We’ll let the photos tell the story.

Maatta, king of Finland, and a Viking friend:

 

Casey DeSmith, looking for the right boots, and teaching his student that a toque shouldn’t be pulled all the way down over the head:

 

 

Sidney Crosby intent on finding the right sized gloves, and in a sweet moment:

 

 

And Matt Murray, in the spirit of the afternoon:

 

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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