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Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond known as a physical forward

August 21. 2013 12:10AM

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to an American Hockey League contract Tuesday.

A seven-year veteran from Levis, Que., Letourneau-Leblond skated with the Norfolk Admirals during the 2012-13 season, recording three goals, five assists and 98 penalty minutes in 33 games.

Letourneau-Leblond, 28, has appeared in 275 AHL contests between time spent with Abbotsford, Albany, Lowell and Norfolk, compiling 47 points (21g-26a) and 1,061 PIM.

Originally drafted by New Jersey in the seventh round (216th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Letourneau-Leblond played in 37 NHL games from 2008-11 as a member of the Devils. He has also appeared in three matches with the Calgary Flames.

Pens’ Bylsma out of jury duty

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was excused from jury duty in two separate trials because of concerns he might miss a Team USA Hockey Camp scheduled this weekend in Washington, D.C.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Bylsma, who will coach Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, was summoned for jury duty Monday in Allegheny County. Pittsburgh is the county’s seat.

Bylsma was considered for duty in a homicide trial and a drug case, but was excused over concerns those trials could last more than a couple of days.

Bylsma tells the newspaper he was “very interested in being part of the process” of jury selection — but also says the weekend camp will be the only time he can see his Team USA players before February.

Flyers fans watch paint dry Ever watch a movie that’s so bad it’s good? The Flyers’ attempt to drum up excitement for their upcoming season is exactly like that.

Thanks to a diligent social media campaign, reportedly more than 100 people showed up at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday morning to “participate” in an event that invites comparisons to some of minor league baseball’s most absurd promotions. In this case, fans and their families gathered to help the club set a Guinness World Record for the “most people to simultaneously watch paint dry.” While the world-record aspect of the promotion is iffy at best — it doesn’t appear there is a standing record for people watching paint dry, so presumably one person showing up would have created a record — fans seemed to genuinely enjoy the opportunity to get into the hockey spirit. One lucky fan even won a contest that earned him the privilege of painting the goal crease.

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