Pennsylvania Western University welcomes former Pittsburgh Penguins star Kevin Stevens to the California campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Steele Hall. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

 Stevens was a member of the Penguins Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1992.He lost his career to injury and drug addiction and created the Power Forward Foundation to help others affected by addiction.  

He will discuss “the fight of his life” as he dealt with his addiction, the effect on his family and friends, and his path to recovery. 

The event will be simulcast at the Suites on Main North movie theater at PennWest Clarion and in the Scot Cinema in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center at PennWest Edinboro. 

Attendees at the campus locations will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session after Stevens’ presentation. 

A livestream will be available at

 At California, students are invited to a meet-and-greet with Stevens at 6:15 the Steele Hall lobby. 

His appearance is sponsored by Student Affairs, Campus Recreation, Wellness Support Services and a grant from “Transforming Youth Recovery.”

Memorial hockey game and bench dedication 

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Stevens will be at PennWest California as part of a ceremony to dedicate a bench in memory of Branson King.  

King,23, died unexpectedly in December 2021. He was a member of the Cal U Ice Hockey Club.  

Also Thursday, Stevens will be at Rostraver Ice Garden, Belle Vernon, Pa., for the Branson King Memorial Game at 8:15 p.m. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students; and free for California students with a student ID and children 10 and under. Admission includes free ice time, free skate rental, and a free autograph session with Stevens, all at 6 p.m. 

At7:30 Thursday, a tribute to King will include the presentation of a posthumous degree.