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Dana Heinze, Penguins’ longtime equipment manager, retires



Dana Heinze, Pittsburgh Penguins

One of the longest-serving members of the Pittsburgh Penguins is stepping down.

Dana Heinze, an equipment manager since 2006, has retired.

The announcement of his departure was made on the team’s website.

At least one team official likely was taken aback by the move, having suggested recently that Heinze was expected to stay for at least one more season, but it was not entirely unexpected.

He had, after all, already moved out of his position as head of the equipment staff to allow his successor, Jon Taglianetti, to get settled into the role while Heinze served as one of his assistants.

Heinze, 54, worked more than 2,000 professional games and was on the staff of four Stanley Cup champions: The Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, 2016 and 2017 and Tampa Bay in 2004.

His career began in 1988, when he joined the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League. Heinze is a Johnstown native and is relocating there.

The Penguins plan to honor him at a game during the 2022-23 season.

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1 month ago

Noooo! Love Dana! I hope Tags has learned his secret to getting the team settled in on the road. I’ve seen and heard so many remarks from Penguins players over the years, of how he makes a visiting locker room feel like home!

Congrats to him, however, on an awesome career, and I hope retirement allows him to catch up on some rest that avoided him for 3+ decades!

1 month ago

Wait, you could retire at 54 ?

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago

Thanks Dana. I suspected this day was coming as soon as I realized he wasn’t the Head Equipment Manager anymore. Thanks for all you have done for the Penguins over the years.

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Figuratively strangled by new Beantown owners????

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