Malone just like Pittsburgh -- blue-collar tough, hometown proud

Updated: May 23, 2008, 10:55 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- When Ryan Malone looks up at the worn, empty seats at Mellon Arena, he doesn't see an aging hockey mausoleum, but rather something more comforting, something more closely akin to home.

Up there, near the private boxes, is where Malone and his younger brother Mark played hide-and-seek. Beyond the boxes was where they rollerbladed while their father, Greg, worked in the offices beneath the stands as the director of amateur scouting.

Out of sight, in the Penguins ...

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