When he was 8 years old, Dylan Reese started playing hockey on roller skates at a local tennis court in the Pittsburgh suburb of Upper St. Clair. Led by captain Mario Lemieux, the Penguins had just won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and ‘92 and the region began booming with kids picking up hockey sticks.
“I’m a product of the Cups in the ‘90s and Mario,” Reese said. “I consider myself in the group of 6-11 year olds when the Penguins won the Cups.”
As an 8-year-old, Reese envisioned himself playing in the National Hockey League with a Penguins logo on his chest. Twenty years later, Reese’s vision has nearly become a reality.