The Penguins wore their third, or alternate jerseys against the New Jersey Devils on February 10, 2013. Since the NHL changed the design of the official game pucks this season, the alternate logo finds it way on another new style puck.
The Penguins will be wearing their third jerseys six more times this year.
GM Ray Shero has been widely praised for having acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun from Washington on June 4th in exchange for 2012 7th-round pick.
Shero brought Vokoun in to replace Brent Johnson. Remember him? This is the play that Johnson will most likely be remembered for – the one-punch knockout of Rick Dipietro – and it happened two years ago today.
That action led to a brawlfest nine days later, a game that saw 14 fighting majors and 21 misconducts. Pittsburgh set a new team record for penalty minutes (163) and established a team record for both teams with 346 penalty minutes. The Pens’ 31 penalties was one short of tying a record for the team set on October 30, 1988.
Speaking of Penguins goalie fights, here’s an unofficial list:
November 22, 1969 – Al Smith fought Philadelphia’s Earl Heiskala 6:53 (2nd), tussled with Reg Flemming too.
December 17, 1969 – Al Smith left the net to battle Montreal’s Terry Harper 6:42 (3rd)
12/18/69 Pittsburgh Press: ”Rambunctious Al Smith left his net to battle Terry Harper at center ice.”
October 23, 1970 – Al Smith vs. Oakland’s Dennis Hextall 6:42 (3rd)
10/24/70 Pittsburgh Press: “In an instant, Smith, no rookie fighter, was on top of Hextall, hammering his head as if it were a pegboard…. Smith, after linesmen pried him off Hextall, then relieved Watson and battered
November 28, 1970 – Al Smith left bench as a backup to engage Montreal’s Claude Larose (end of second period)
11/29/70 Pittsburgh Press: ” Al Smith, who received $700 in fines for fighting last season, returned to the gold old days, speeding toward the scene and throwing his nearly 200 pounds in a flying leap at Larose.” … Smith
squared off with opposing goaltender Phil Myre … Later, Smith was bloodied in the face when he was on the receiving end of a blow from Pierre Bouchard.”
January 14, 1970 – Al Smith left bench as a backup to fight Keith Magnuson
1/15/70 – Pittsburgh Press: ”Al Smith, who was sitting on the bench, grabbed Magnuson from behind and pinned him to the boards, touching off a brief brawl.”
April 4, 1971 – Al Smith v. St. Louis’ Bob Plager 18:43 (1st) Season finale
4/5/71 -Post-Gazette: “Bob Plager of the Blues and Goalie Al Smith of the Penguins touched off the big brawl, and both were banished for the night.”
October 27, 1976 – Dunc Wilson brawled with Buffalo’s Danny Gare 7:57 (3rd)
10/18/76 Pittsburgh Press: “‘I haven’t lost a fight yet,’ Wilson said…Penguins came out the loser because of the new ‘agressor’ rule, Wilson was thrown out of the game.”
April 9, 1977 – Denis Herron fought with Toronto’s Tiger Williams 14:14 (1st) PLAYOFF GAME 3
Largest playoff game at Arena (15,934) Apps thrown out for third man in, Pens eliminated from playoffs.
February 29, 1984 – Denis Herron fought with Vancouver’s Tiger Williams 6:48 (2nd)
Smallest crowd of season (3,844).
May 16, 1995 – Ken Wregget v. Dale Hunter 13:14 (3rd) PLAYOFF GAME 6
Pittsburgh Magazine has named Mario Lemieux, Co-Owner and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chairman of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, as Pittsburgher of the Year for 2012.
This annual award, which is announced in the January 2013 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, recognizes the person or persons who have had the most dramatic and positive impact on the city and region in the past year and have left a legacy for the future.
June 15, 2009 -375,000 faithful lined Pittsburgh streets to celebrate the Stanley Cup Championship after the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7:
Here’s our favorite photo from Andrew Russell from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
This is an image of a steel beam inside the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins returned to the Mellon Arena after the parade and ventured across the street to sign a beam while the building was under construction. The beam was installed weeks later and has subsequently been covered. Didn’t think many people knew about this: