Family ties

Family ties 2016-10-09T23:00:33+00:00

Pittsburgh has had six father and son combinations to play for the Penguins:

hicks-wayne-alexWayne & Alex Hicks
When the Penguins skated into Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Nov. 21, 1996, it was a little more than just the latest chapter in the bitter rivalry between the teams. It was the first game in a Pittsburgh uniform for forward Alex Hicks, marking the first time a father and son to played for the Penguins.Wayne Hicks played 15 games with the Pens in 1967-68 and scored 4 goals and 7 assists. Alex Hicks played 113 games from 1996-98 (12 goals, 28 assists).
malone-greg-ryanGreg & Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone, son of former Penguins center Greg Malone, wore his dad’s familiar No. 12 when he made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on Oct. 10, 2003 against Los Angeles also becoming the first Pittsburgh native to play for the team. Greg Malone played 495 games with Pittsburgh from 1976-83 and scored 143 goals and 221 assists. Ryan Malone wore a Penguins uniform for 299 games from 2003-08 and scored 87 goals and had 82 assists.
meloche-gilles-ericGilles & Eric Meloche
Eric Meloche, son of former Penguins goaltender and goaltending coach Gilles Meloche, made his Pittsburgh debut on Jan. 15, 2002 at Vancouver. Gilles played 104 games in net for the Penguins from 1985-88, with a record of 34-43-17. Eric played 61 games and scored 8 goals and 9 assists from 2001-04.
johnson-bob-brentBob & Brent Johnson
On October 7, 2009, Brent Johnson played in goal for Pittsburgh.Bob Johnson played 12 games for Pittsburgh during the 1974-75 season. Brent Johnson is the grandson of Hall of Famer Sid Abel who played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks for over 14 seasons. Abel played his minor league hockey in Pittsburgh with the Hornets in 1938-39. Johnson wore No. 12 on his mask with the initials “SA” to honor his grandfather.
samuelsson-ulf-philipUlf & Philip Samuelsson
Ulf Samuelsson was one of the three Hartford Whalers to join the Penguins in a trade that led to the first two Stanley Cup championships for the franchise. Ulf Samuelsson played 277 games with the Pens from 1991-95, scored 11 goals, 83 assists and racked-up 804 penalty minutes. Philip Samuelsson made his NHL debut with the Penguins on December 16, 2013 against the Toronto Maple Leafs wearing uniform number 55, playing off his father’s number 5.
chorney-marc-taylorMarc & Taylor Chorney
Marc was selected in the fifth round of the 1979 Entry Draft, joined the Penguins in 1980-81 and played eight games on defense. In a span of four seasons, he played in 139 regular season games and seven playoff games. Marc scored five goals and registered 18 assists. Marc was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Taylor, also a defenseman, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft. Taylor played 59 games with Edmonton and two games with St. Louis. In July of 2014, Taylor signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent and played his first game in a Penguins uniform on December 22, 2014 against the Florida Panthers.