Hollidaysburg’s Lafferty pumped for NHL


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Sam Lafferty. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- 23-year-old forward prospect Sam Lafferty will make his preseason debut tonight for the Penguins.

"I'm really excited," said Lafferty, the Penguins’ 2014 fourth-round pick, after the Penguins' morning skate. "It's a great opportunity, and I'm just looking forward to it."

Lafferty, a native of nearby Hollidaysburg, Pa., was a hardcore Penguins fan since he was 4 years old and grew up idolizing Sidney Crosby, he told me last season. The opportunity to wear the jersey of his childhood team in an actual game, albeit a preseason one, is one he doesn't take lightly.

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