The Penguins last wore blue and white on January 27, 1980 against the Bruins in Boston.
On January 30, 1980, the Pens debuted their new color scheme: Black and Gold. Two months earlier the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series Championship and the Pittsburgh Steelers had just won their fourth Super Bowl title. In keeping with the “City of Champions” theme, the Penguins adopted the black and gold scheme.
The Boston Bruins filed a complaint with the NHL, but the Pittsburgh’s request to change to black and gold was upheld because an earlier NHL franchise in the city, the Pittsburgh Pirates, wore black and gold in the 1920’s.
Jerseys in this era were made by Stall & Dean of Brockton, MA until the 1982-83 season. As is typical of Stall & Dean jerseys, washing instructions, and size labels were placed inside the collar. Stall and Dean also uses a single digit tag that indicates the last number of the year the jerseys were made. “0” tags represent jerseys made in 1980.
The 1981-82 jerseys were made by Sandow SK (Sporting Knit). Most numbers and nameplates were heat sealed material. The sleeve numbers were moved upward to the shoulders – like football jerseys. The Penguins’ crest was usually screened on a separate piece of material and sewn onto the front of the jersey.
The Pittsburgh Penguins wore a simple black armband that was screened on the left sleeve as a memorial to General Manager Baz Bastien who died in a car accident on March 15, 1983. The team wore the armband for the remaining three home games of the 1982-83 season.
The 1982-83 jerseys were made by General Athletic with fully sewn letters and a twill overlay crest for the first month of the season, then wore jerseys made by Sandow SK and were worn through the 1983-84 season.
Mario Lemieux’ rookie season, 1984-85, the Penguins were mesh jerseys manufactured by CCM.