Bryan Rust Opens His Home To A Penguins Teammate

Zach Aston-Reese And Puppy Join The Family

Eric Hagman
April 07, 2020 - 9:48 pm
Bryan Rust and Zach Aston-Reese

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - An NHL player and his wife, their two dogs, a teammate and his puppy, and a brother-in-law could be the basis for a hockey-hiatus reality show.  It is, in fact, the current living arrangment for Penguins forward Bryan Rust.

For nearly the past four weeks, Rust and his wife Kelsey have been joined in their home by Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese and his puppy.

"Zach has actually been quarantined with me since we got back from Columbus," Rust said. "He was in an apartment by himself and just got a new puppy.  My wife was being really gracious and reached out to him and helped watch the puppy while we were on the road.  (Once we returned)  in order to make things easier, make the transition smoother, we offered for him to stay with us.  He and I are pretty close.  He gets along with me and my wife really well.  He's obviously a great guy, so that was kind of a no-brainer to have him come and stay with us."

Rust's brother-in-law is also staying in the house.

"My wife's been really good with it all," Rust said.  "She has a house full of boys.  She's been awesome."

Rust said the dogs--his miniature golden retrievers Cooper and Oliver--and Aston-Reese's Italian greyhound Carl--are getting along well.

To help pass the time, the group (minus the dogs) has been playing the "Settlers of Catan" board game.

“My brother-in-law has been a huge advocate ever since I’d known him for this game,” Rust said. “I always was skeptical but we were looking for something to do one night, so we tried it. (Aston-Reese) got hooked first, then my wife and I joined in, and we play multiple games every night.”

Of course, this isn't the game that Rust, the Penguins leading goal scorer, wants to be playing.

"It's obviously really tough," Rust said.  "We're trying to make the most of it, but obviously not being able to get on the ice or do much skating makes you a little bit rusty." 

Rust said he tries to avoid worrying about the "what ifs."  And he's appreciative of what's being done by others in this time of crisis.

"I'd just like to throw a 'thank you' to all of the people on the first line, whether it's health workers in any fashion or people in the food industry. I think those are the really big ones.  They're out there every day and they're working hard for us."




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