Marc-Andre Fleury’s Last Big Gesture In Pittsburgh Is To Donate A Playground
It’s all but certain that Marc-Andre Fleury will be leaving Pittsburgh next season, but that didn’t prevent him from making an incredible gesture for the city that’s been his home for thirteen NHL seasons: donating a playground.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 19, 2017
Fleury and his wife Veronique not only financed the construction of a new playground for the Sto-Ken-Rox Boys & Girls Club, they also gave much-needed supplies to the club. As he told the Penguins website, “It’s been something we’ve been thinking about for a little while, and we were just thinking about something to give back. The people of Pittsburgh have been so good to me, so to build something fun, something for the kids, I’m glad it all came out and the kids seem to like it.”
This gesture is all the more generous when you realize that the Fleurys have known they will likely be leaving the region for several months. Fleury waived his No Movement Clause for the Expansion Draft in February, another big gesture in and of itself. It allowed the Penguins to protect Matt Murray from the Las Vegas Golden Knights without giving up young players. It’s widely expected that the Knights will be picking him up when they submit their draft list on Tuesday.
Fleury’s a fan favorite for many reasons and this donation is just icing on the cake for his fans. It’s also the kind of thing that can help build loyalty towards an expansion team in a city that has never had major league hockey before. Wherever he ends up, Fleury will have fans cheering for him.