Pittsburgh’s National Aviary names penguin after former Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury

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.

It was, of course, a popular choice.

Because penguins are very hot in Pittsburgh.

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.

Fleury wrote a moving tribute to his adopted hometown in The Players’ Tribune.

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