This day in Pittsburgh Penguins history...


January 3

2000 - Mario Lemieux and Craig Patrick both named winners of the 34th Annual Lester Patrick Award given for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States."

January 12

1993 - Mario Lemieux is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

January 18

1992 - Penguins have a record number five players in the NHL All-Star Game in Philadelphia.

January 21

1997 - Goalie Patrick Lalime sets NHL mark for wins at the beginning of an NHL career at 16 (14-0-2) vs Calgary in a 4-2 win.
1990 - Civic Arena plays host to the NHL All-Star Game as Mario Lemieux scores four goals on his way to his third MVP award.

January 22

1975 - Syl Apps is named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game in Montreal after scoring two goals.

January 30

1973 - Greg Polis wins the MVP award at the NHL All-Star Game after scoring two goals.
1980 - Penguins wear the colors black and gold for the first time.

January 31

1999 - Jaromir Jagr records his 800th career point with a goal in a 5-3 win over Montreal.


February 3

1968 - The first sellout crowd at the Civic Arena (12,563) watches the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs play to a 3-3 tie.

February 4

1997 - Mario Lemieux scores his 600th career goal into an empty net against Vancouver in a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena. Lemieux becomes the second fastest and only the seventh overall to reach 600 career NHL goals.

February 7

1995 - Joe Mullen becomes the first American-born player to score 1,000 points in the NHL.

February 9

1988 - Mario Lemieux is named the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis after scoring 3 goals (including the game-winner in OT) and adding 3 assists.

February 12

1985 - Mario Lemieux is named the MVP of the All-Star Game in Calgary after scoring two goals and an assist.

February 15

1994 - Tom Barrasso sets record for the most wins by an American-born goaltender with his 253rd win vs Winnipeg.

February 22

1975 - Penguins beat St. Louis, 3-2, to establish a 20-game home unbeaten streak which is still a club record.

February 23

1996 - Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr both score their 50th goals of the season in a 5-4 win over Hartford.


March 3

1971 - Les Binkley records his 11th career shutout which is still a club record.

March 5

1999 - Jaromir Jagr records his 500th career assist in a 2-2 tie with Edmonton.

March 8

1975 - Ron Stackhouse records the fourth six assist game by a defenseman in NHL history in the Pens 8-2 win over the Flyers at the Igloo. (Two other defenseman have since accomplished this feat.)

March 15

1983 - Baz Bastien, Pens GM, killed in car accident as he returned from dinner honoring him.

March 21

1998 - Ron Francis becomes the 7th player to record 1000 career assists and the Pens become the 10th team to reach the 1000 win mark in a 4-3 victory over the Flyers.

March 22

1992 - Mario Lemieux scores his 1000th career point at Detroit in only his 513th career game, thus becoming the second fastest player in NHL history to do so.

March 24

1976 - Jean Pronovost becomes first Penguins player to score 50 goals in a season and Pierre Larouche becomes first Penguin to record 100 points in a season in a 5-5 tie vs. Boston.
1992 - Mario Lemieux records his 1,000th NHL point at Detroit, in his 513th game, becoming the second fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history.

March 26

1991 - Penguins win their first divisional crown when they capture the Patrick Division title with a 7-4 victory over Detroit.

March 28

1992 - Penguins win their second consecutive Patrick Division title with a 4-1 victory at Washington.

March 30

1994 - Syl Apps is named to the Penguins Hall of Fame.


April 3

1993 - Penguins win their first ever President's Trophy after a 5-3 win at Quebec.

April 5

1978 - Edward J. DeBartolo takes control of the club, having purchased one-third of the franchise the year before.

April 7

1985 - Mario Lemieux scores his 100th point to become the only the third rookie in NHL history to accomplish this feat.

April 8

1970 - Penguins beat Oakland, 2-1, in their first ever playoff game.

April 9

1993 - Penguins set a league record for the longest winning streak in NHL history with their 16th consecutive win, a 10-4 victory over the New York Rangers. The Pens extend the record to 17 games with a 4-2 win vs the Rangers on April 10.

April 11 (my birthday...)

1994 - Tom Barrasso shuts out Ottawa, 4-0, as the Pens win the first ever Northeast Division title.

April 13

1971 - Michel Briere, the Pens first star, dies from injuries suffered in a car accident.

April 14

1979 - George Ferguson scores in overtime to eliminate Buffalo in the preliminary round of the playoffs.

April 15

1998 - Jaromir Jagr gets his 300th career goal in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.

April 17

1999 - Jaromir Jagr wins his second consecutive and third overall NHL scoring title with 127 points.

April 19

1998 - Jaromir Jagr wins his second NHL scoring title with 102 points (35g, 67a).

April 23

1997 - Mario Lemieux scores on his final shot at the Civic Arena against the Flyers in the playoffs. The crowd began chanting for Lemieux with 5 minutes remaining and came to its feet with 2:09 to play after a Lemieux video montage was shown on the Jumbotron scoreboard. Mario with just over a minute to go broke in alone on Garth Snow and scored bringing tears to many fans' eyes...

April 24

1996 - Petr Nedved scores in fourth overtime to give Penguins a 3-2 over Washington Capitals in Game Four of Division semi-finals. (I was at that game with Denise and stayed until the end along with about 6,000 other diehards...)

April 25

1991 - With a 4-1 victory vs. Washington, the Penguins win their first Patrick Division playoff championship.

April 26

1996 - Dave Burrows, Edward J. DeBartolo, and Elaine Heufelder are named to Penguins Hall of Fame. 1997 - Mario Lemieux plays his last NHL game as a Penguin...


May 3

1995 - Jaromir Jagr records one assist against Florida to win the 1995 NHL Scoring Title.

May 11

1991 - The Penguins capture their first ever Prince of Wales Conference Championship defeating the Boston Bruins in six games and earn the right to play in their first Stanley Cup Championship. (I went to this game with my father...)

May 23

1992 - Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins in four games to win the Wales Conference Championship for the second consecutive season.

May 25

1991 - Penguins capture their first Stanley Cup Championship in the team's 25-year history by defeating Minnesota with an 8-0 Tom Barrasso shutout. Ulf Samuelsson scores Cup-clinching goal.

May 26

1986 - Mario Lemieux wins the Lester B. Pearson Trophy which is presented by the Players' Association to the most outstanding NHL player.


June 1

1992 - Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship. Ron Francis scores Cup-clinching goal.

June 4

1981 - Two Penguins capture NHL awards as Randy Carlyle wins the Norris Trophy and Rick Kehoe wins the Lady Byng Trophy.

June 5

1967 - Pittsburgh Penguins franchise joins the National Hockey League.

June 7

1989 - Mario Lemieux wins his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 199 points.

June 8

1988 - Mario Lemieux wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer and Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, thus becoming the first Penguin to win either award.

June 9

1984 - Penguins draft Mario Lemieux first overall in the NHL draft.

June 12

1985 - Mario Lemieux wins the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year in the NHL.
1990 - Bob Johnson is hired as the Head Coach and Scott Bowman is named as Director of Development and Recruitment.
1992 - Pens introduce the new logo. [Let the jinx begin...]

June 13

1975 - The Pittsburgh Penguins declare bankruptcy and have the doors of the Civic Arena padlocked by the IRS.

June 15

1988 - Mario Lemieux wins the Lester B. Pearson Award for the second time in his career.

2000 - Jaromir Jagr wins the Lester B. Pearson Award for the second straight year.

June 17

1993 - Mario Lemieux wins the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Masterton Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award.

June 19

1984 - Mario Lemieux signs first contract with the Penguins.
1996 - Mario Lemieux wins his third Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player and also is awarded the Lester B. Pearson Trophy.

June 21

1997 - Pittsburgh Civic Arena hosts the NHL Entry Draft.

June 23

1992 - Bob Johnson, Rick Kehoe, and Jean Pronovost are named charter members of the Penguins Hall of Fame.

June 24

1991 - Penguins visit the White House to meet President George Bush. They are the first NHL team to ever visit the White House.
1999 - Mario Lemieux's investment group is confirmed as the new owners of the Penguins.
1999 - Jaromir Jagr wins the Hart Trophy becoming only the second Penguin to win the honor. Jagr also becomes the second Penguin to win the Lester B. Pearson Award.


July 6

1995 - Ron Francis wins the Frank Selke Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy.



September 13

1974 - Penguins obtain Rick Kehoe from Toronto for Blaine Stoughton and a first round draft choice in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft.


October 9

1986 - Penguins open 20th Anniversary Season with a 5-4 win over Washington.

October 11

1967 - Penguins' first NHL game is played at the Civic Arena vs. Montreal, a 2-1 loss with 9,307 fans in attendance. Andy Bathgate scores the Penguins' first goal.

October 13

1967 - Penguins record first victory as they defeat St. Louis, 3-1.
1998 - The Penguins file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...

October 18

1967 - Andy Bathgate records first hat-trick in club history vs. Minnesota.

October 19

1997 - Tom Barrasso gets his 300th win in a 4-1 victory over Florida, becoming the first American-born goaltender to record 300 wins.

October 21

1967 - Penguins record first home victory in a 4-2 win over Chicago and become the first expansion team to beat an established NHL team.

October 26

1995 - Mario Lemieux scores his 500th career goal in a 7-5 win at the New York Islanders at 17:12 of the third period against Tommy Soderstrom.

October 28

1993 - Fron Francis records his 1000th career NHL point vs. Quebec.

October 31

1989 - Mario Lemieux begins a 46-game scoring streak (39G - 64A, 103pts), second longest in NHL history, that lasts until February 14, 1990.


November 4

1967 - Les Binkley records club's first shutout (1-0) at Oakland.

November 13

1973 - Lowell MacDonald sets a club record for the fastest three goals with scores in a span of 4:17 vs Cesare Maniago in a 5-2 Pittsburgh win over Minnesota.

November 17

1997 - Mario Lemieux inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame along with Bryan Trottier. Lemieux had the 3 year waiting period waived.

November 19

1991 - The National Hockey League confirms Howard Baldwin, Morris Belzberg, and Thomas Ruta as new Penguins ownership.
1997 - Mario Lemieux has his number retired in ceremony at the Civic Arena. (Now if they would hang Michel Briere's number...)

November 22

1972 - The Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL record for fastest five goals as five different players scored goals in a 2:07 span against St. Louis goaltender Wayne Stephenson during the third period of a 10-4 home-ice victory. Bryan Hextall began the scoring with a power-play goal at 12:00; followed by Jean Pronovost at 12:18; Al McDonough at 13:40; Ken Schinkel at 13:49; and Ron Schock at 14:07.

November 26

1991 - Bob Johnson passes away at his home in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 60.

November 27

1991 - Penguins honor the memory of late coach Bob Johnson in a candlelight ceremony during game vs. New Jersey.


December 5

1989 - Craig Patrick is named general manager / head coach replacing Tony Esposito and Gene Ubriaco.

December 31

1988 - Mario Lemieux becomes the first player in NHL history to score a goal five different ways (even strength, power play, short-handed, penalty shot, empty net) in one game in 8-6 win vs. New Jersey.

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