This is a pretty great — and unexpected — reward for a professional hockey player.
Superstar goaltender Marc-André Fleury now has a pretty rad penguin named after him in Pittsburgh. That’s where he was drafted first overall by the team in 2003 and went on to help win three Stanley Cups.
Fleury is off to Las Vegas to play next for the new NHL franchise Golden Knights.
But not before the National Aviary in Pittsburgh bestowed one more honor on him.
It named a penguin Flower, as an ode to the goaltending great, whose nickname is The Flower.
Flower, named in honor of Fleury, is shedding his old feathers & getting some new ones, just as Fleury will get a new look in his new home! pic.twitter.com/t6vMlwZu7z
— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) June 30, 2017
It was, of course, a popular choice.
— Fletcher Rumbaugh (@Rumbaugh78) June 30, 2017
Because penguins are very hot in Pittsburgh.
— PennLive.com (@PennLive) July 1, 2017
— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) June 29, 2017
Especially Marc-André Fleury.
The National Aviary even held special celebration in appreciation of Marc Andre Fleury and his contributions to Pittsburgh, by welcoming folks to see its the colony of African penguins and the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) June 27, 2017
Fleury wrote a moving tribute to his adopted hometown in The Players’ Tribune.
Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recently penned a heartfelt tribute to his former NHL team in @PlayersTribune.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 27, 2017
Photo National Aviary