Pittsburgh’s Penguin Pete Meets A Jewish Star In Logo For Shooting Fundraiser
The Pittsburgh Penguins will wear “stronger than hate” patches on their jerseys during their Tuesday night game, in honor of the 11 people killed over the weekend in a mass shooting at a synagogue in their city, the National Hockey League reported.
The patch will feature the hockey team’s modified logo, which pairs mascot Penguin Pete with a Star of David, next to the words, “Stronger Than Hate.”
The Steelers and Penguins pay their respects to those affected by the horrific and cowardly terrorist attack on The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh yesterday #StrongerThanHate pic.twitter.com/fm28R6Ihjb
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) October 28, 2018
The jerseys will be auctioned off to support the families of the victims, according to the NHL. It began at 11 a.m. Tuesday and will continue until November 13 at noon. The Penguins will also collect monetary donations at all three entrance gates at Tuesday’s game.
All proceeds from the team’s fundraising efforts will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety’s new fund, created for the officers injured during the shooting, the NHL reported. The Penguins are donating $50,000 to both funds.
The Penguins will play the New York Islanders on Tuesday at the PPG Paints Arena, the team’s first home game since the attack, according to Trib Live.
The iconic logo of the Pittsburgh Steelers was also turned into a symbol of solidarity with Jews in the wake of the tragedy.
Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher