Panini America Packing for Pittsburgh and the 2012 NHL Draft (Preview & Gallery)

June 18, 2012

Officials at Panini America announced today their plans for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft, being held later this week — June 22-23 — at the CONSOL Energy Center, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Panini America will aim to please hockey collectors with a version of their trademark wrapper-redemption program.

Panini has developed a seven-card Pittsburgh Penguins Team Set using the popular 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey design featuring the following players:

1          Sidney Crosby

2          Evgeni Malkin

3          Marc-Andre Fleury

4          James Neal

5          Kris Letang

6          Jordan Staal

7          Simon Despres – Rookie

In Addition, Panini has developed two cards commemorating Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victories. One card features Mario Lemieux and pays tribute to their back-to-back Championship run during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. The other card features Evgeni Malkin and honors the Penguins win in 2009.

Collectors will receive one of the promo packs, as well as their choice of one of the Stanley Cup tribute cards for bringing the following un-opened products to the Panini America booth:

THREE un-opened HOBBY packs of 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey

THREE un-opened HOBBY packs of 2011-12 Contenders Hockey

THREE un-opened HOBBY packs of 2011-12 Elite Hockey

Can’t make it? Stay tuned to the Knight’s Lance on how you can still get the set, as well as some bonus cards!