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I can see it now, the day after we play a bad game, the sportswriters will say, ‘They skated like a bunch of nuns.’
The Penguins first coach explaining his dislike for the expansion team's new nickname
• General manager Jack Riley was partial to the naming the team “Shamrocks,” seeing as he and fellow Irishman Sullivan were running the show (and there had been a team called the Pittsburgh Shamrocks in the International Hockey League in the 1930s).
• Others favored “Hornets,” after the Pittsburgh’s championship minor-league team. “Eskimos” received consideration, too, but this team would be called the Penguins, a name quickly shortened to “Pens” in local vernacular.