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Team USA duties allow Dan Bylsma to skip out on jury duty

Sean Leahy
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They say jury duty is an important right, because who wouldn't want to take a few days off from their day job to sit in a government building, earning a little more than minimum wage to listen to lawyers all day?

During the 2013 NHL season, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was summoned for such duty, but due to his job, he was able to defer the exciting experience until summer, when his days would be freed up.

That call came this week when he was asked to appear at a Pittsburgh court house during jury selection; but Bylsma had another excuse to get out of jury duty this time: Team USA Olympic orientation camp.

From the Post-Gazette:

[Bylsma] had two chances to make it onto a criminal court jury -- one for a 2012 Penn Hills slaying and another for a drug case -- but in the end, the 42-year-old's obligation to attend USA Hockey camp in Washington, D.C., this weekend kept him off both panels.

"I was very interested in being part of the process," Mr. Bylsma said.

When he learned that the two cases could last more than just a couple of days, he worried about being ready for orientation camp for the men's national team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Staff is slated to arrive Saturday and players Sunday. "It's really the only time we'll see our players before February prior to getting together to play," he said.

Can you believe that? Another Penguin continuing to use their celebrity to get out of government stuff! (Relax.)

To make up for ditching potential jury duty, the Post Gazette reports that Bylsma forfeited the $9 pay for Monday, which probably would have gone to the coach's Qdoba habit.

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