Pittsburgh Hockey Now has confirmed that the photo below appears to be Hornqvist’s house near the Penguins’ training facility in Cranberry Township.
Patrick Hornqvist alley this afternoon
A colleague lives in his neighborhood
Looks like someone threw away the equipment pic.twitter.com/XeSU55Rn6C
– Charles Tommarello (@ grunge777) September 26, 2020
Sensational. Just wow.
Hornqvist played for the Penguins for six seasons, won two Stanley Cups and was a popular figure in the Penguins’ locker room. Pittsburgh Hockey Now reported Hornqvist learned of the trade from media reports before he was asked to waive his no-trade clause and his Penguins teammates were angry with the trade.
Hornqvist told media in Florida, including our sister site Florida Hockey Now, on Friday that he decided to accept the trade when he learned that “Pittsburgh didn’t want me…”
Several times Hornqvist has referred to his misfortune. As well as saying the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t want him, he also said he felt blinded by the trade request. As the full picture emerges, Hornqvist accepted the Florida trade because he felt wanted.
In a radio interview on Friday, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford admitted the exchange was emotional and the Penguins cannot replace Hornqvist on the ice or in the locker room. However, Rutherford said Hornqvist likely won’t be in the Penguins’ best power play in 2020-21, and his role is going to be diminished.
Patric Hornqvist has three more seasons to extend from his contract, which averages him $ 5.3 million per season. This season, he has scored 32 points, including 16 goals in 52 games.