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Legendary PA Announcer John Barbero Passes Away

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Sad news, as Penguins public address announcer John Barbero has passed away after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor tonight at the age of 65.

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Click here to watch an FSN segment on Mr. Barbero.

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Barbero called his first Penguins game in 1972-73 and worked 36 seasons for the team. He was part of three Stanley Cup championship seasons and had the distinction of announcing every home goal of Mario Lemieux’s Hall of Fame career.


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“On behalf of the entire Penguins organization, I want to express our deepest sympathy to John’s family,” said Lemieux, now the team’s owner. “John was one of a kind, a true professional, and he always will be remembered as a member of the Penguins family. He will be missed.”


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Mr. Barbero was unable to announce games in the final season of the Mellon Arena but was honored by the team with a Stanley Cup ring. His presence and voice at the new CONSOL Energy Center will certainly be missed.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.