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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.

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.


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