FINAL – The Detroit Red Wings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. Pittsburgh had goals from Kris Letang (4), Evgeni Malkin (18) and Matt Cullen (8).

Pittsburgh Hockey History Made on January 16th…

1945 – Penguins right wing (and later head coach) Lou Angotti was born.
1966 – Penguins right wing Steve Leach was born.
1979 – Pens goalie Greg Millen stopped 25 shots from the Minnesota North Stars for his second shutout with the team. The Pens won, 5-0.
2007 – Pittsburgh’s Mark Recchi played in his 1,300th NHL game, vs. the New York Islanders.

2009 – Anaheim Ducks George Parros and Pittsburgh’s Bill Thomas became the second set of Pittsburgh’s area natives to pair off on Mellon Arena ice. The first native son duo to play on “home” ice were Ryan Malone and R.J. Umberger.
2010 – Emergency goaltender Alexander Pechurski played in relief at Vancouver. He gave up one goal on 13 shots, playing 35:31.
2016 – The Penguins acquired forward Carl Hagelin in exchange for forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.

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Yellow Jackets

Pittsburgh’s Yellow Jackets dominated the amateur ranks of North America and won championships in 1924 and 1925, then morphed into Pittsburgh’s first NHL team.

Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL)

Steel Town’s first entry in the National Hockey League. The franchise barely survived five years of sub-par hockey, but were doomed by the Great Depression.

Pittsburgh Shamrocks

The Shamrocks lasted only one year. A scrappy team, beset with money problems, ironically had their fate sealed when the 1936 St. Patrick’s Day flood crippled the city. LEARN MORE

Pittsburgh Hornets

“The Wasps” gave the city 26 years of professional hockey excitement at Duquesne Gardens and Civic Arena, before giving way to the Penguins. LEARN MORE

Pittsburgh Knights

Pittsburgh’s entry into the Mid Atlantic Hockey League, where the Rizzo brothers played with football star Johnny Unitas. LEARN MORE

Pittsburgh Phantoms

They played in the Roller Hockey International League in 1994 and featured Hall of Famers and the first woman to play professional hockey in Pittsburgh.

College & High School

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