Pittsburgh Penguins

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Pittsburgh Penguins
founding 1967
history Pittsburgh Penguins
since 1967
Stadion PPG Paints Arena
Location Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Team colors Black, Vegas gold, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Metropolitan Division
Head coach United StatesUnited States Mike Sullivan
Team captain CanadaCanada Sidney Crosby
General manager CanadaCanada Jim Rutherford
owner United StatesUnited States Ron Burkle Mario Lemieux
Cooperations Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins ( AHL )
Wheeling Nailers ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1991 , 1992 , 2009 , 2016 , 2017
Conference title 1990/91 , 1991/92 , 2007/08 ,
2008/09 , 2015/16 , 2016/17
Division title 1990/91 , 1992/93 , 1993/94 ,
1995/96 , 1997/98 , 2007/08 , 2012/13 , 2013/14

The Pittsburgh Penguins ( IPA : [ˈpɪtsbɝɡ ˈpeŋgwɪns] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania . It was founded in 1967 and started playing at the beginning of the 1967/68 season . The team colors are black, Vegas gold, and white.

The Penguins play their home games in the PPG Paints Arena (until October 2016: Consol Energy Center) and emerged from the big expansion of the league before the 1967/68 season, when the number of participants was increased from six to twelve. After the team was often faced with problems both athletically and financially in the first 20 years of its existence, the team around Mario Lemieux established itself at the top of the league in the late 1980s. At the beginning of the 1990s it managed to win the prestigious Stanley Cup twice . After another crisis at the beginning of the new millennium, the team again found their way to the front of the league and celebrated further title wins in 2009, 2016 and 2017.


A professional ice hockey team from Pittsburgh played in the early years of the National Hockey League , the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1925 to 1931. Later played with the Pittsburgh Hornets, a team in the American Hockey League , which was dissolved in 1967. The reason for this was the increase in the NHL from six to twelve teams. One of the newly formed franchises was the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Difficult beginning

The first general manager of the Penguins was Jack Riley , who initially did not have an easy job as he had to fill the team with players who were mainly brought in from the lower leagues. With Andy Bathgate and Leo Boivin , they had at least two NHL experienced players in their ranks. In the first season they missed the play-offs and finished fifth in the West Division. However, the division was highly competitive and the Penguins were only six points behind first place.

The coach for the first two seasons was George Sullivan , who was replaced by Red Kelly . There were no sporting successes in the first few years, the technical level was rather mixed, so that the two most experienced players, Bathgate and Boivin, left the team. In the first seven seasons, the play-offs were not reached five times.

The management was more successful in the draft . In the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft , they signed Michel Brière, a talented young player who scored 320 points in 100 games among the juniors. He was one of the key players and guarantors that the Penguins reached the play-offs in 1970, but a short time later Brière was involved in a car accident and died of the consequences in 1971.

First successes and financial problems

During the 1973/74 season, the team went through a sporting crisis and was in the bottom ranks of the league with the result that Jack Riley was dismissed as general manager. Successor Jack Button began to rebuild the team and to sign players like Steve Durbano , J. Bob Kelly or Bob Paradise . The team now played more successfully, but could not qualify for play-off games.

The sporting upswing solidified and continued, more stars were signed up, such as Rick Kehoe or Ron Stackhouse , but the team did not achieve the great success - winning the championship after qualifying for the playoffs. In 1974/75 they almost made it to the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup . They led against the New York Islanders by 3-0 competitions and only needed one win to reach the semifinals. But the Islanders succeeded in reversing the situation and won four games in a row and thus the series against the Penguins.

In 1975 the franchise was on the verge of economic failure, as creditors demanded that those responsible for the team settle the existing liabilities. A group of investors prevented the bankruptcy that would otherwise occur through its investment. Baz Bastien then replaced Jack Button as general manager and committed players such as Orest Kindrachuk , Tom Bladon and Rick MacLeish , which initially paid off in sports, but since he had given preferential rights to the NHL Entry Draft for young talent , the team got into the problems in the early 1980s, as these were absent due to emigration.

At the beginning of the eighties, the team decided to change their team colors from blue and white to gold and black. The Pittsburgh Steelers football team and the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team also wore gold and black. The Boston Bruins filed a lawsuit against this change in the NHL Tribunal because they also wear the same club colors, but the lawsuit was dismissed because the Penguins argued that all teams in town would play in those colors and the first NHL team in Pittsburgh also wore these colors in the twenties and thirties.

The Lemieux era

Mario Lemieux , best player in the history of the penguins, multiple record holder and later also team owner

In 1983 and 1984 the Penguins finished last in the league, but this gave the team the opportunity to be the first team to select a player in the draft. So they were able to commit super talent Mario Lemieux in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft . Many teams immediately tried to lure the young star away from Pittsburgh with attractive transfer offers, but the management turned down all offers.

In his very first game, Lemieux proved how talented he was. With his first shot of his NHL career, he scored his first goal. And at the end of the 1984/85 season he had scored 100 points, but the team only had to work its way up in the table from year to year. It was not until the 1988/89 season that they made it back into the play-offs. Lemieux, who was named team captain in 1987 , had played the best season of his entire career, he had scored 85 goals and reached a total of 199 points, which he was able to trump Wayne Gretzky for the second time in a row . But Lemieux wasn't the only reason the penguins rose again. A good team had been built around him in the last few years with players like Paul Coffey , Kevin Stevens and John Cullen , as well as goalkeeper Tom Barrasso .

The 1989/90 season was again marked by failure, but in 1990/91 the team reached its peak. With Jaromir Jagr was in the Draft 1990 NHL Entry a Czech Super Talent selected Mark Recchi was from the farm team brought in the NHL squad and Joe Mullen and Bryan Trottier signed before the annual contracts as free agents . During the seasons, Larry Murphy , Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson were signed with spectacular transfers . With this powerful group they made it to the Stanley Cup final and won there against the Minnesota North Stars with 4-2.

Shortly after the triumph was when coach Bob Johnson , a cancer found and he gave his office to coach veteran Scotty Bowman from. Johnson died in November 1991. The Penguins were able to defend the Stanley Cup under Bowman.

In January 1993, a little more than a year after Johnson's death from cancer, Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease , a malignant tumor in the lymphatic system . After two months of treatment and 24 missed games, he returned to the team, was able to overtake his rivals for the Art Ross Trophy as the best scorer and the team won its first Presidents' Trophy as the best team of the regular season. But the third Stanley Cup in a row could not be won.

In the following years they could not reach the Stanley Cup final, but the pens were among the strongest teams in the league. The face of the team changed over time and new players such as Robert Lang , Darius Kasparaitis , Martin Straka , Sergei Subow , Petr Nedvěd and Alexei Kowaljow developed into important pillars of the team. That was also important for the team, because in 1997 Mario Lemieux ended his career. He was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame , which is only available to players who have achieved special in the NHL. Everyone else has to wait at least three years after retiring. In his place came Jaromír Jágr, who developed into one of the best scorers in the NHL. From 1992 to 2001 Lemieux and Jágr were able to collectively win nine out of ten Art Ross trophies .

Talent and money worries

Goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury is one of the great talents of the "Pens"

The high salaries of the players endangered the economic survival of the club, this financial crisis ultimately led to bankruptcy in November 1998 . Mario Lemieux then acquired the club and thus prevented relocation to another city through an external takeover. He caused a sensation in late December 2000 when he made his comeback as a player in the NHL, making him the first player to also own his team.

But the team had to keep cutting costs. Jaromír Jágr was given to Washington in 2001, Robert Lang left the team, as well as a few more players. That had an impact on the sporting situation and the team missed the playoffs for the first time in twelve years in 2002. In the next few seasons, the penguins fell even further in the table.

The 2003/04 season should serve to rebuild the team. Eddie Olczyk was the new coach and Marc-André Fleury was the first to get a young goalkeeper in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft . But Mario Lemieux was injured at the beginning of the season and was no longer used during the season, Martin Straka was handed over to Los Angeles and Fleury was first sent back to his team in the junior league. The Penguins finished last in the NHL and thus actually had the right to be the first to choose a player in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft , but the Washington Capitals won the draft lottery. You were allowed to choose a player as the second and decided on Yevgeny Malkin .

Lockout and CBA

In the summer of 2004, negotiations between the teams, the NHLPA players' union and the league began on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), a kind of collective agreement. But there was no quick decision and the teams locked their players out. This ultimately led to the cancellation of the 2004/05 season . An agreement was only reached in summer 2005. The new agreement was a good thing for the penguins, because a salary cap was introduced for all teams. Since the Penguins have always had financial problems in recent years and had to give up good and therefore expensive players while rich teams built real all-star teams, the regulation should mean that sporting success no longer depends too much on finances .

Sidney Crosby is the new superstar in Pittsburgh

New start with Sidney Crosby

Almost as important was the fact that the Penguins were allowed to select the first team in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and opted for Sidney Crosby , a great talent who, based on “The great one”, Wayne Gretzky, quickly became “The next one “Was baptized. The team was strengthened by Sergei Gonchar , John LeClair and Žigmund Pálffy , who signed as free agents. Jocelyn Thibault was brought to Pittsburgh via a transfer. The season started slowly for the team and they responded with a change of coach and signed Michel Therrien . The team clearly missed the playoffs and finished next to last. Sidney Crosby, on the other hand, hit the ground running in his debut season, surpassing Mario Lemieux with 102 points, who had achieved 100 points in his rookie year . Lemieux had started the season with the team, but in the middle of the season he finally ended his career for good.

The contract of General Manager Craig Patrick , who has led the team since 1989, was not renewed in the summer of 2006. Instead, Ray Shero was given the post of GM. In the 2006 NHL Entry Draft , the team was allowed to choose a player second and chose Jordan Staal , whose brothers Marc and Eric were already part of NHL teams. In addition, Evgeni Malkin joined the Penguins in autumn, who had been drafted in second place in 2004.

Failed sale of the team and possible relocation

The obsolete Mellon Arena was the main controversy during negotiations over the Penguins' whereabouts in Pittsburgh

On October 4, 2006, it was announced that the team would be sold to a group led by Jim Balsillie , a director of Research In Motion . So initially Balsillie's party came to an agreement with the current group of owners around Mario Lemieux. However, the deal had yet to be approved by the NHL.

Rumors immediately surfaced as to whether the team should be relocated. So were Hamilton and Waterloo in the Canadian province of Ontario brought to the table as new venues. One reason for these rumors was primarily that the Mellon Arena is no longer economically viable and profitable for the club.

The gambling company "Isle of Capri Casinos" , which wanted to build a new multifunctional arena for 290 million US dollars, in which the penguins would then also play, was hoping for the continued existence of the team in Pittsburgh , should the company obtain a gambling license in the State of Pennsylvania obtained. The decision was made on December 20, 2006, but the license went to "PITG Gaming Majestic Star" .

On December 15, 2006, Jim Balsillie's group of investors also withdrew from the purchase of the Penguins. There was no official justification, but some sources said that the NHL should have presented a list of items in the final negotiations with Balsillie that should, among other things, oblige him to keep the team in Pittsburgh under all circumstances. He did not agree with this and decided not to take over the franchise for the time being. But he was still considered a possible buyer.

After Balsillie's withdrawal, other names came up as buyers in December. So would Frank D'Angelo , president of the Canadian Steel Back Brewery, along with billionaire Bernard Sherman was willing to buy the team and they had even built a new arena. D'Angelo had only tried to open a franchise in the CFL , the Canadian American Football League , a few months earlier , but had not won the bid. Shortly thereafter, D'Angelo confirmed that he would place a bid on the penguins and emphasized that he was determined to keep the penguins in Pittsburgh.

Another candidate for the purchase was Mark Cuban , the owner of the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA basketball league .

After a turbulent week in which the sale to Balsillie first broke and only five days later Isle of Capri Casinos had not received the gambling license, Mario Lemieux explained that the team is currently no longer for sale and that the future of the team is now in the Want to take hand. Lemieux had discussions with several cities outside of Pennsylvania to see if they would be interested in an NHL franchise. Kansas City showed great interest, also because they have the new Sprint Center , which, however, did not have a team of the major professional leagues. At the same time, the group of owners around Lemieux began to work out a plan with the politicians and those responsible in Pittsburgh so that the franchise could still be preserved in Pittsburgh.

After it was announced at the end of February 2007 that the negotiations on a new lease for the Mellon Arena, as well as an agreement on the construction of a new arena, were within reach, disappointment came on March 5th when it became known that the negotiations had been broken off . Resettlement of the penguins became more and more likely. Kansas City was the big favorite. But on March 13th it was announced that a solution had been found that would allow the franchise to stay in Pittsburgh for another 30 years and that would include the construction of a new arena.

New successes

Despite the problems away from the ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins played their best season in a long time. The new professionals Jordan Staal and Jewgeni Malkin found their way in the league immediately, and Sidney Crosby was able to improve again compared to his debut season. Malkin set an exclamation point right at the beginning of the 2006/07 season when he scored in each of his first six games, setting a record that had been set in 1917 and has not been achieved since. In an 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Crosby scored one goal and prepared five, taking the lead in the scorer standings. On February 10, 2007, the third young Penguins star, Jordan Staal, came into the limelight when he became the youngest player in NHL history to score a hat trick. The Penguins also signed Georges Laraque and Gary Roberts in the same month to add toughness to their game. The team finally finished the season in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and achieved the second-best result in franchise history with 105 points. Sidney Crosby was the youngest player in NHL history to secure the Art Ross Trophy as the best scorer with 120 points. In the playoffs, the Penguins met in the first round against the Ottawa Senators, who they were defeated in five games.

After the season, Crosby was honored with the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player and became the youngest winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award for best player of the NHL season. In addition, Evgeni Malkin received the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best new professional.

In the 2007/08 season, the Penguins won the division title for the first time since 1998. In the same season they also reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time since the 1991/92 season, which they lost 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings . A year later they reached the final series again, again against the Detroit Red Wings. In the final of the Eastern Conference, the Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes with a clear 4-0 wins. After three away defeats and three home wins, it was the 15th time since the introduction of the best-of-seven rule for the Stanley Cup final in 1939 for the decisive seventh game, which the Penguins won 2-1 and thus their third Stanley Cup -Win secured. The Canadian Maxime Talbot scored both goals for the Penguins in the final. Malkin, who was NHL top scorer in both the regular season and the playoffs, received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. In the 2015/16 season, the Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup. In the final, the San Jose Sharks were defeated 4-2 wins. The decisive victory was achieved 3-1 in San Jose on June 12, 2016. The Conn Smythe Trophy went to Sidney Crosby in this final series. In the course of the regular season it did not look like winning the title, as the Penguins were outside the playoff ranks in December 2015. After changing the coach to Mike Sullivan , the Penguins started a race to catch up in the Eastern Conference and secured second place in the Metropolitan Division. In the playoffs they eliminated the New York Rangers 4-1, the Washington Capitals (which won the Presidents' Trophy in the regular season) 4-2 and in the Eastern Conference final the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 wins .

The Pittsburgh Penguins started their 50th NHL season as defending champions. After qualifying for the playoffs for 25 seasons in a row, the Detroit Red Wings failed to make it this year. Pittsburgh took the lead in this statistic at the end of the season with eleven consecutive appearances in the playoffs. After beating the Columbus Blue Jackets , Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators , the Penguins secured their second Stanley Cup victory in a row. Since the Detroit Red Wings in the 1997/98 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the first team to successfully defend the Stanley Cup title. In the 2017/18 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins aimed for a so-called three-peat , i.e. the third Stanley Cup in a row. After a relatively mixed season, the Penguins still managed to qualify for the playoffs. After they could beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round , this time they failed at the Washington Capitals in the Conference semifinals.


The Mellon Arena, built in 1961

The Penguins played their home games from their inception in 1967 until 2010 in the Mellon Arena , a 16,958-seat multifunctional arena . From 1961 to 1999 the hall was named Pittsburgh Civic Arena . In 1999, Mellon Financial acquired the naming rights to the arena for ten years. The company invested 18 million US dollars for this. These rights continued until 2009. The hall was jokingly called "Igloo" ( Eng . Igloo ) because of its shape . In 1995 the arena was also the location for the action film " Sudden Death " with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the leading role. In it, terrorists plan an assassination attempt during a fictional Stanley Cup final game for the Penguins.

Construction of the Consol Energy Center right next to the Mellon Arena

The oldest of the 30 NHL arenas has long been criticized. Opposing players complained about the poor conditions in the guest cabin. In the event of a power failure during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 19, 2006, fans chanted for a new arena to be built. Almost exactly one year later to the day, an agreement was actually reached on the new building. In August 2010 the 18,087 spectator hall with the name Consol Energy Center was opened, which is located directly next to the old arena. The energy group Consol Energy acquired the naming rights for a period of 21 years in December 2008, but PPG Industries bought the rights in October 2016, so that the venue is now called PPG Paints Arena .

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Stanley Cups
1990/91 , 1991/92 , 2008/09 , 2015/16 , 2016/17
Presidents' Trophies
Conference Championships season
Prince of Wales Trophy 1990/91 , 1991/92 , 2007/08 ,
2008/09 , 2015/16 , 2016/17
Division Championships season
Patrick Division 1990/91 , 1992/93
Northeast Division 1993/94 , 1995/96 , 1997/98
Atlantic Division 2007/08 , 2012/13
Metropolitan Division 2013/14

NHL Awards

Art Ross Trophy

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy

Jack Adams Award

James Norris Trophy

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Lester B. Pearson Award

Lester Patrick Trophy

Mark Messier Leadership Award

Maurice Richard Trophy

NHL General Manager of the Year Award

NHL Plus / Minus Award

Ted Lindsay Award

NHL All-Star Team Nominations

Award Surname season
All-rookie team Mario Lemieux
Warren Young
Jaromír Jágr
Patrick Lalime
Alexei Morosow
Sébastien Caron
Ryan Malone
Sidney Crosby
Evgeni Malkin
Jordan Staal
Matt Murray
First All-Star Team Randy Carlyle
Mario Lemieux

Paul Coffey
Kevin Stevens
Jaromír Jágr

Sidney Crosby
Jewgeni Malkin
James Neal
Chris Kunitz
1987/88 , 1988/89 , 1992/93 ,
1995/96 , 1996/97
1994/95 , 1995/96 , 1997/98 ,
1998/99 , 1999/00 , 2000 / 01
2006/07 , 2012/13 , 2013/14 , 2015/16
2007/08 , 2008/09 , 2011/12
Second all-star team Mario Lemieux

Paul Coffey
Kevin Stevens
Tom Barrasso
Larry Murphy
Jaromír Jágr
Sidney Crosby
Kris Letang
1985/86 , 1986/87 , 1991/92 ,
1990/91 , 1992/93
1992/93 , 1994/95
2009/10 , 2014/15 , 2016/17
2012 / 13 , 2015/16

Since the franchise was founded , twelve players have been elected a total of 36 times into one of the All-Star teams and ten others into the All-Rookie team .

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Mario Lemieux 1985-2002 10 13 10 23
Jaromír Jágr 1992-2000 6th 4th 4th 8th
Paul Coffey 1988-1992 5 0 2 2
Yevgeny Malkin 2008-2016 4th 3 4th 7th
Jean Pronovost 1975-1988 4th 0 0 0
Kevin Stevens 1991-1993 3 3 2 5
Greg Polis 1971-1973 3 2 0 2

With ten participations each for the Penguins, Mario Lemieux is the player who can look back on the most participations in the team's history. With 23 points he is also the most successful player. No other player comes close to his 13 goals and ten assists.

In the 21st All-Star Game in 1968, Ken Schinkel was the first player to play for Pittsburgh. In the 1970 All-Star Game , Dean Prentice scored the first goal in an All-Star Game. His teammate Bob Woytowich provided the template for this.

Greg Polis was named Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game in 1971 with two goals . Mario Lemieux received this award three times in 1985, 1988 and 1990.

In 1990 , the Penguins hosted the All-Star Game, which was attended by 17,503 spectators. Pittsburgh was not originally planned to be the venue until 1993, but Montréal shied away from comparison with Québec, which had received much praise for hosting the '87 Rendez-vous , which Pittsburgh stepped in as the host.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the 1972 Summit Series and 1979 Challenge Cup , there were no Penguins players in the roster. For the rendez-vous '87, in which the Soviet national team was again opponent of the NHL team, Mario Lemieux was in the squad of the NHL team and contributed three templates in both games.

Franchise records

Mario Lemieux holds various franchise records
Sidney Crosby is the club's most successful rookie

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Sidney Crosby * 943 (in 14 seasons)
Most consecutive games Craig Adams 319 (October 18, 2010 to December 18, 2014)
Most goals Mario Lemieux 690
Most templates Mario Lemieux 1,033
Most of the points Mario Lemieux 1,723 (690 goals + 1,033 assists)
Most penalty minutes Kevin Stevens 1,048
Most shutouts Marc-André Fleury 44

* active player; Status at the end of the 2018/19 season


Surname number season
Most goals Mario Lemieux 85 1988/89
Most templates Mario Lemieux 114 1988/89
Most of the points Mario Lemieux 199 (85 goals + 114 assists) 1988/89
Most points as a rookie Sidney Crosby 102 (39 goals + 63 assists) 2005/06
Most points as a defender Paul Coffey 113 (30 goals + 83 assists) 1988/89
Most penalty minutes Paul Baxter 409 1981/82
Most wins as a goalkeeper Tom Barrasso 43 1992/93


Sporting failures (1967 to 1988)

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
George Sullivan 1967 / 68–1968 / 69 150 47 79 24 118 .313 - - -
Red Kelly 1969 / 70–1972 / 73 * 274 90 132 52 232 .328 14th 6th 8th
Ken Schinkel 1972/73 * –1973 / 74 * 86 29 49 8th 66 .337 - - -
Marc Boileau 1973/74 * –1975 / 76 * 151 66 61 24 156 .437 9 5 4th
Ken Schinkel 1975/76 * -1976 / 77 117 54 43 20th 128 .462 6th 2 4th
Johnny Wilson 1977 / 78-1979 / 80 240 91 105 44 226 .379 12 4th 8th
Eddie Johnston 1980 / 81-1982 / 83 240 79 126 35 193 .329 10 4th 6th
Lou Angotti 1983/84 80 16 58 6th 38 .200 - - -
Bob Berry 1984 / 85-1986 / 87 240 88 127 25th 201 .367 - - -
Pierre Creamer 1987/88 80 36 35 9 81 .450 - - -

* Change during the current season; ** Interim trainer

There weren't many achievements to celebrate in the early years of the penguins. Red Kelly was the longest trainer of the Penguins at three and a half years. Eddie Johnston handed over the coaching office in 1983 and took over the position of general manager. During his time, Mario Lemieux was signed . After the sporting successes did not materialize despite the great performances of the new star, those responsible changed coaches and managers in the summer of 1988.

The Craig Patrick Era (since 1988)

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Gene Ubriaco 1988 / 89–1989 / 90 * 106 50 47 9 - 109 .472 11 7th 4th
Craig Patrick 1989/90 * 54 20th 26th 6th - 50 .370 - - -
Bob Johnson 1990/91 80 41 33 6th - 88 .513 24 16 8th
Scotty Bowman 1991 / 92-1992 / 93 164 95 53 16 - 206 .579 33 23 10
Eddie Johnston 1993 / 94–1996 / 97 * 276 153 98 25th - 331 .554 36 18th 18th
Craig Patrick 1996/97 20th 7th 10 3 - 17th .350 5 1 4th
Kevin Constantine 1997 / 98–1999 / 00 * 189 86 64 35 4th 211 .455 19th 8th 11
Herb Brooks 1999/00 * 57 29 21st 5 2 65 .509 11 6th 5
Ivan Hlinka 2000/01–2001/02 * 86 42 32 9 3 96 .488 18th 9 9
Rick Kehoe 2001/02 * –2002/03 160 55 81 14th 10 134 .344 - - -
Ed Olczyk 2003/04/2005/06 * 113 31 64 8th 10 80 .274 - - -
Michel Therrien 2005/06 * –2008 / 09 * 272 135 105 - 32 302 .555 25th 15th 10
Dan Bylsma 2008/09 * –2013 / 14 400 252 117 - 32 536 .670 78 43 35
Mike Johnston 2014 / 15–2015 / 16 * 110 58 37 - 15th 131 .595 5 1 4th
Mike Sullivan since 2015/16 * 300 174 92 - 34 382 .637 65 38 27

Craig Patrick was General Manager of the Penguins for more than 15 years . In his second year in office, he replaced Gene Ubriaco as coach shortly after the start of the season and managed the team until the end of the season. With Bob Johnson , an unwavering optimist, Patrick brought in exactly the man the Penguins needed. After leading the team to the Stanley Cup in his freshman year , doctors diagnosed him with a brain tumor and Pittsburgh needed a new coach. With Scotty Bowman , the club management was able to commit an experienced successful coach, with whom the title was successfully defended. After two years, the management brought back the former coach and general manager Eddie Johnston, who now replaced Red Kelly as the record coach. In total, he looked after the team in 516 games. No other coach in Pittsburgh can come close to this number of games.

After general manager Ray Shero during the 2008-09 season, Dan Bylsma , succeeding Michel Therrien installed, began a successful period for the Penguins. Bylsma won the Stanley Cup right in his first season; in addition, Pittsburgh always reached the play-offs under him. When he was released after the 2013-14 season, Bylsma was also the coach with the most wins in the history of the franchise (252). His successor was Mike Johnston , who was replaced by Mike Sullivan after just under one and a half years , under whom Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in the 2015/16 season and defended it the following year.

General manager

Surname season
Jack Riley 1967 / 68–1969 / 70
Red Kelly 1970 / 71–1971 / 72 *
Jack Riley 1971/72 * –1973 / 74 *
Jack Button 1973/74 * -1974 / 75
Wren Blair 1975 / 76–1976 / 77 *
Baz Bastien 1976/77 * -1982 / 83
Surname season
Eddie Johnston 1983 / 84-1987 / 88
Tony Esposito 1988 / 89–1989 / 90 *
Craig Patrick 1989/90 * –2005 / 06
Ray Shero 2006 / 07–2013 / 14
Jim Rutherford since 2014/15

* Change during the current season

There were frequent changes in the position of general manager in the early years. After three years in office, Jack Riley passed the post to Red Kelly , the coach at the time. But after a season and a half, Riley returned to the position of general manager and Kelly concentrated again on the work as a coach. Baz Bastien brought some continuity to management in 1976 and stayed as manager for six and a half years. With Eddie Johnston , the man took his successor, who had previously been coach. After five years he handed over to former goalkeeper Tony Esposito . After a year and a half, this was replaced by Craig Patrick . Lester Patrick's grandson had previously worked as general manager with the New York Rangers , but had to make room for Esposito's brother Phil . The two Stanley Cup victories in the early 1990s fell under Patrick's time. For 15 seasons he remained loyal to the Penguins. In 2006 he was replaced by Ray Shero . Shero is the son of successful coach Fred Shero , whom Craig Patrick had inherited with the Rangers 25 years earlier. After eight years of working together, Shero was fired in May 2014; Jim Rutherford succeeded him.


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
35 CanadaCanada Tristan Jarry G April 29, 1995 2013 Surrey , British Columbia , Canada
30th CanadaCanada Matt Murray G May 25, 1994 2013 Thunder Bay , Ontario , Canada
8th United StatesUnited States Brian Dumoulin D. 0September 6, 1991 2012 Biddeford , Maine , USA
3 United StatesUnited States Jack Johnson D. January 13, 1987 2018 Indianapolis , Indiana , USA
58 CanadaCanada Kris LetangA. D. April 24, 1987 2007 Montreal , Quebec , Canada
6th United StatesUnited States John Marino D. May 21, 1997 2019 North Easton , Massachusetts , USA
28 SwedenSweden Marcus Pettersson D. 0May 8, 1996 2018 Skelleftea , Sweden
50 FinlandFinland Juuso Riikola D. 0September 9, 1993 2018 Joensuu , Finland
2 United StatesUnited States Chad Ruhwedel D. 0May 7, 1990 2016 San Diego , California , USA
4th CanadaCanada Justin Schultz D. 0July 6, 1990 2016 Kelowna , British Columbia , Canada
46 United StatesUnited States Zach Aston-Reese C. August 10, 1994 2017 Staten Island , New York , USA
27 United StatesUnited States Nick Bjugstad C. 17th July 1992 2019 Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA
53 LatviaLatvia Teodors Bļugers C. August 15, 1994 2016 Riga , Latvia
87 CanadaCanada Sidney CrosbyC. C. 0August 7, 1987 2005 Cole Harbor , Nova Scotia , Canada
59 United StatesUnited States Jake Guentzel C. 0October 6, 1994 2016 Omaha , Nebraska , USA
72 SwedenSweden Patric Hörnqvist RW 0January 1, 1987 2014 Sollentuna , Sweden
FinlandFinland Kasperi Kapanen RW July 23, 1996 2020 Kuopio , Finland
37 United StatesUnited States Sam Lafferty C. 0March 6, 1995 2018 Hollidaysburg , Pennsylvania , USA
71 RussiaRussia Yevgeny MalkinA C. July 31, 1986 2006 Magnitogorsk , Russian SFSR
12 CanadaCanada Patrick Marleau LW 15th September 1979 2020 Aneroid , Saskatchewan , Canada
19th CanadaCanada Jared McCann C. May 31, 1996 2019 Stratford , Ontario , Canada
17th United StatesUnited States Bryan Rust RW May 11, 1992 2014 Pontiac , Michigan , USA
43 United StatesUnited States Conor Sheary LW 0June 8, 1992 2020 Winchester , Massachusetts , USA
18th Czech RepublicCzech Republic Dominik Simon C. 0August 8, 1994 2015 Prague , Czech Republic
13 CanadaCanada Brandon Tanev LW December 31, 1991 2019 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
16 United StatesUnited States Jason Sugar LW January 16, 1992 2020 Newport Beach , California , USA

Team captains

year Surname
1967-1968 From McDonald
1968-1973 no captain
1973-1977 Ron shock
1977-1988 Jean Pronovost
1978-1981 Orest Kindrachuk
1981-1984 Randy Carlyle
1984-1986 Mike Bullard
1986-1987 Terry Ruskowski
1987 Dan Frawley
year Surname
1987-1994 Mario Lemieux
1995 Ron Francis *
1995-1997 Mario Lemieux
1997-1998 Ron Francis
1998-2001 Jaromír Jágr
2001-2006 Mario Lemieux
2006-2007 no captain
since 2007 Sidney Crosby

* Interim captain

First team captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins was 1967 Ab McDonald, who already had a lot of experience in the NHL. But after just a year he left Pittsburgh and the post of team captain remained vacant for five years. In 1973 Ron Schock received the "C", which he wore for four years. In the following years, the "C" often changed its wearer, Randy Carlyle and Orest Kindrachuk wore it the longest when they were three years old. In 1987, the 22-year-old superstar Mario Lemieux was appointed team captain and developed into a permanent fixture in this position. While Lemieux paused due to cancer in the 1994/95 season , Ron Francis took over the office. Francis also succeeded Lemieux when he announced his retirement in 1997. Ron Francis was followed by a three-year tenure for the Czech star striker Jaromír Jágr until he left the Penguins in 2001. Mario Lemieux had meanwhile returned to the ice from his retirement and took over the “C” again until 2006, when he finally ended his career. In the 2006/07 season , the Penguins played without a captain. Since the beginning of the 2007/08 season , Sidney Crosby has been the twelfth player in the franchise to wear the "C". Crosby is the youngest team captain in the history of the NHL. He has also been the youngest captain of a championship team since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Blocked jersey numbers

In their franchise history, the Pittsburgh Penguins have officially banned two jersey numbers so far. In addition, another one is no longer officially awarded.

No. Surname Blocking date
21st Michel Brière January 5, 2001
66 Mario Lemieux November 19, 1997
January 24, 2006
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

For the first time, Mario Lemieux's jersey number 66 was officially banned from the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 19, 1997. However, before another banner was hung under the ceiling of the Mellon Arena , the comeback of Lemieux on December 27, 2000 was followed by the symbolic "unblocking" of the jersey with the number 66. After Lemieux's final career, the number 66 finally became on January 24 Blocked for the second time in 2006.

A good week after Lemieux's number was released again, on January 5, 2001, Michel Brière's jersey number 21 was blocked and hung under the ceiling. In contrast to Lemieux, Brière had only played one season for the franchise, but had to end his career at the age of 20 after a tragic traffic accident and died a little later. For this reason, the jersey he was wearing at the time had not been awarded since 1970 and was unofficially banned.

Furthermore, the famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky will no longer be awarded to a player, as it has been officially banned by the league since February 6, 2000.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had 36 draft picks in the first round in their history, 21 of which were among the first ten of a class. In the 1970s, the Penguins did not have the opportunity to select a player in the first round five times because they had given the first-round Drafpicks to other teams in transfer deals. They were able to choose the first player in a draft three times. In 1984 it was Mario Lemieux, goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury followed in 2003 and in 2005 they picked Sidney Crosby first. Other players who had selected the Penguins with first-round draft picks are Jaromír Jágr , Markus Näslund and Martin Straka , all of whom were able to prevail in the NHL and became important pillars for their teams.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Mario Lemieux C. 1984 / 85-1996 / 97 915 690 1033 1723 1.88
Sidney Crosby C. since 2005/06 943 446 770 1216 1.29
Jaromír Jágr RW 1990 / 91-2000 / 01 806 439 640 1079 1.34
Yevgeny Malkin C. since 2006/07 852 391 611 1002 1.18
Rick Kehoe F. 1974 / 75-1984 / 85 722 312 324 636 0.88
Ron Francis C. 1990 / 91-1997 / 98 533 164 449 613 1.15
Jean Pronovost RW 1968 / 69-1977 / 78 753 316 287 603 0.80
Kevin Stevens LW 1988 / 89-1994 / 95 522 260 295 555 1.06
Syl Apps junior C. 1970 / 71-1977 / 78 495 151 349 500 1.01
Kris Letang D. since 2006/07 747 112 381 493 0.66


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Sidney Crosby C. 164 66 120 186 1.13
Mario Lemieux C. 107 76 96 172 1.61
Yevgeny Malkin C. 162 63 105 168 1.04
Jaromír Jágr RW 140 65 82 147 1.05
Kevin Stevens LW 103 46 60 106 1.03
Ron Francis C. 97 32 68 100 1.03
Kris Letang D. 132 21st 59 80 0.61
Chris Kunitz LW 126 23 53 76 0.60
Larry Murphy D. 74 15th 57 72 0.97
Phil Kessel RW 65 20th 36 56 0.86

Well-known former players

Individual evidence

  1. andrewsstarpage.com, NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )

Web links

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