Islanders host special week; Penguins post fruitful road trip

Updated: December 10, 2007, 11:53 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There is a tendency to see professional teams as soulless corporate entities and athletes as multimillionaires with little connection to the world as we know it.

Sometimes, though, there are glimpses of the humanity that prove once again this is a game played by real people with real lives.

Many teams in recent years have invited the fathers of not just their players but their coaches, public relations staffs, trainers and management staff to join the team on a road trip.

It's ...

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