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Take a look inside the Pens’ vault with equipment manager Dana Heinze.
At work, Dana Heinze is always ready to do many things. As equipment manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Johnstown native is concerned with everything from the bolts on Sidney Crosby’s skates (custom-made by Reebok) to the glove preferences of the goalies playing with the Pens’ minor-league affiliate in Wheeling, W.Va.
“In today’s game, you have to be able to do everything,” Heinze says. “It’s so advanced.”
So, the new facilities at the CONSOL Energy Center—which Heinze and his team, made up of Paul DeFazio and Danny Kroll, helped conceptualize—have plenty of dedicated space for sewing jerseys, building and balancing skates, adjusting the curve on sticks, repairing damaged equipment, and everything else that could happen throughout the course of a very physical season.
The center’s also home to the Equipment Vault, a one-of-a-kind space where Heinze can store thousands of pieces of backup equipment—from caps and T-shirts to extra sets of custom gear for every player. Heinze’s attention to detail can have a real impact on the game, and he takes that responsibility very seriously. “The detail with which he prepares our team is second to none,” says head coach Dan Bylsma.