John Barbero, Pittsburgh Penguins PA announcer for more than 30 years, dies at 65

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Longtime Pittsburgh Penguins public address announcer John Barbero has died of a brain tumour at 65.

His family says he died Monday night.

Barbero worked Penguins games for more than 30 years, beginning in 1972. His last one was the team’s Game 6 victory in the 2009 Stanley Cup final. The Penguins won Game 7 in Detroit to capture their third championship.

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Barbero’s signature call was on Mario Lemieux’s goals when he would draw out the star’s last name for emphasis.

The Penguins plan to honour Barbero with a display at Consol Energy Center, the new arena opening in August.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.