• Michel Briere was 21 when he died as a result of a brain injury suffered in an automobile accident.
Briere and Mario Lemieux are the only two players in Penguins’ history to have their numbers retired. Briere’s number 21 was officially retired on January 5, 2001
Keith McCreary was the only other player to wear #21.
The 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.
Bob Johnson, coach of the Penguins in 1990-91 and led the team it’s first Stanley Cup Championship.
Born on March 4, 1931 and died from brain cancer on November 26, 1991.
Marc Boileau, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1973 to 1976. Born September 3, 1932 and died December 27, 2000.
Herb Books – Best known as the head coach of the “Miracle” 1980 USA Mens Hockey Team, Brooks served as Director of Player Development with the Penguins, scout, and later head coach from December 9, 1999 to May 9, 2000. Brooks died in an auto accident on August 11, 2003.
Ivan Hlinka, born January 26, 1950 – died in an auto accident on August 16, 2004. Coached the Pens in 2000-01.
Jimmy Roberts – born April 9, 1940 – died on October 23, 2015. Roberts served as an assistant with the Penguins for three seasons under head coach Bob Berry from 1984 through 1987.
It’s a Great Day for Hockey
“BADGER” BOB JOHNSON, Head coach of the Pens, in 1990-91, and led Pittsburgh to the first Stanley Cup win in franchise history
Video above from Bob Johnson’s memorial tribute, the voice is of public address announcer John Barbero.
A list of players, managers, coaches and members of the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame that have passed away: