Kudo’s to Pittsburgh Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze for getting Cal O’Reilly dressed for his debut in a Penguins uniform.
The Penguins were in between Toronto and Boston in the midst of a four-game road swing in the Northeast when Pittsburgh claimed Cal O’Reilly from the waiver wire.
Heinze had to put the number 16 (reported here, yesterday) on a road jersey for O’Reilly including a nameplate with anÂ apostrophe.Â That’s pretty rare for Pittsburgh. Â Only Tom O’ReganÂ has worn a namplate with punctuation, and his nameplate letters were essentially ironed on the 1983-84 Sandow jersey by then equipment manger John Doolan.
An apostrophe is probably something Heinze had already prepared for. Â Heinze is a meticulously organized equipment man. Â He’s been known to have three sets of extra of everything. Â Three apostrophes (home, road and alternate) were likely packed neatly in his arsenal. Sewing three small layers of material together requires nimble fingers and a steady hand under the small presser foot of a Viking sewing machine.
There have been punctuation marks on other Penguins jerseys, but only in the preseason and for training camps. Â Players like Jonathan D’Aversa, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Cedric Lalonde-McNichol (with a half-size capital “C”) all had customized plates.
ROOT sports gave some love to the Heinze, Paul DeFazio and Danny Kroll . Â Here’s the first period intermission feature on the equipment staff: