A local name and a familiar face will join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins when they open their training camp on Saturday.
Included on the training camp roster are Shavertown native Patrick McGrath and former Penguin goaltender Andy Chiodo. Both players are among the 25 who will report for the first on-ice practice Saturday at the Ice Rink at Coal Street.
McGrath, 20, is a Lake-Lehman graduate and has spent the last two seasons playing for the Prince Edward Island Rocket in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Known for his physical play, the right winger totalled 229 penalty minutes in 72 games over the last two seasons. Last season he led the QMJHL with 171 penalty minutes.
McGrath opened the 2011-12 season with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Hockey League in Canada, where he led the team with 186 penalty minutes in 21 games.
Chiodo, 30, played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for parts of three seasons from 2003-06. In 2003-04, Chiodo backstopped 44 regular season games and 18 postseason contests for the Penguins who lost to Milwaukee in the Calder Cup final that season.
The former draft pick of the Islanders (2001) and Penguins (2003), Chiodo appeared in eight NHL games with Pittsburgh in the 2003-04 season.
The Penguins training camp roster consists of 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. The squad will practice at Coal Street on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, they will travel to Rochester for the first preseason game against the Americans.
The first home preseason game will be Friday, Sept. 27, against the Americans at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:05 p.m.