Important Dates

In Penguin History


June 5, 1967

Pittsburgh Penguins franchise joins the National Hockey League

October 11, 1967

Penguins first NHL game played at the Civic Arena vs Montreal. Penguins lose to Montreal, 2-1, with 9,307 fans on hand. Andy Bathgate scores the first Penguins goal.

October 13, 1967

Penguins first victory as they defeat St. Louis, 3-1, on the road.

October 18, 1967

Andy Bathgate records first hat trick in club history vs Minnesota

November 4, 1967

Les Binkley records the club's first shutout, 1-0, vs California


February 3, 1968

Penguins first sellout at Civic Arena vs Toronto (12,563)

March 22, 1968

Donald Parsons heads a Michigan group which purchases 80% of the franchise


April 1, 1970

Penguins defeat Philadelphia, 4-1, to clinch second place in the Western Diision, putting them in the playoffs for the first time

April 8, 1970

Penguins defeat Oakland, 2-1, in the club's first playoff game

May 21, 1970

Jack Riley, club's general manager for first three years is promoted to President and Coach Red Kelly is promoted to General Manager/Coach


March 3, 1971

Les Binkley records his 11th career shutout with Penguins which is still a club record

April 13, 1971

Michel Briere dies from injuries suffered in an auto accident on May 15, 1970

April 21, 1971

Thayer Potter heads a Pittsburgh group which buys team


January 29, 1972

Red Kelly steps down as general manager, but remains coach, and Jack Riley regains general manager duties.


January 30, 1973

Greg Polis wins MVP honors at NHL All-Star Game in Montreal after scoring two goals.


January 13, 1974

Jack Button named general manager of the Penguins


January 22, 1975

Syl Apps named MVP in NHL All-Star game in Montreal after scoring two goals

February 22, 1975

Pens defeat St. Louis, 3-2, to establish a 20-game home unbeaten streak whicih is still a club record

June 13, 1975

Penguins declare bankruptcy

July 11, 1975

Albert Savill, Otto Frenzel, and Wren Blair buy Penguins

July 29, 1975

Marc Boileau retired as coach


March 24, 1976

Jean Pronovost becomes the first Penguin to score 50 goals in a season and Perre Larouche becomes first Penguin to record 100 points in one season

December 3, 1976

Aldrege "Baz" Bastien named club's general manager


October 19, 1977

Bob Prince debuts as the club's television play-by-play announcer


April 5, 1978

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


April 14, 1979

George Ferguson scores in OT to eliminate Buffalo in preliminary round of playoffs


January 3, 1980

Penguins defeat NYI, 4-3, to gain first place in the Norris Division for the first time in club history

January 30, 1980

Black & Gold Uniform worn for first time vs St. Louis

December 13, 1980

Paul Gardner becomes first player to score four goals in one game in a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia


April 15, 1981

Mike Crombeen scores at 5:16 of second OT period to lead St. Louis to 4-3 win in the deciding game of the first round of the playoffs

June 3, 1981

Randy Carlyle named to NHL First All-Star Team

June 4, 1981

Randy Carlyle wins the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman and Rick Kehoe wins the Lady Byng Trophy as player who combined sportsmanship with a high standard of play

July 1, 1981

Edward J. DeBartolo takes over the Civic Arena


February 21, 1982

Penguins defeat the NY Islanders, 4-3, to break their then NHL-record 15-game winning streak

April 13, 1982

John Tonelli scores at 6:10 of OT to give the NY Islanders a 4-3 win in the final game of the first round of the playoffs


March 15, 1983

General Manager Baz Bastien dies as a result of an auto accident

May 27, 1983

Ed Johnston is promoted to general manager


June 9, 1984

Penguins draft Mario Lemieux, Doug Bodger, and Roger Belanger in first round of Entry Draft marking the only time in club history that Pittsburgh selected more than one player in the first round. It is also the only time that the Penguins have chosen first overall.

June 19, 1984

Mario Lemieux signs a contract with the Penguins


February 12, 1985

Mario Lemieux is named MVP in NHL All-Star Game in Calgary after scoring two goals and one assist

April 7, 1985

Mario Lemieux scored his 100th point to become third rookie in NHL history to score 100 points or more points in a season.

June 12, 1985

Mario Lemieux wins the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie


May 26, 1986

Mario Lemieux wins the Lester B. Pearson Award presented by Players' Association to the Outstanding Player in NHL

October 22, 1986

Penguins defeat Buffalo, 5-4, in OT to extend their club record beginning of the season winning streak to seven games


January 30, 1987

Civic Arena hosts its first AHL Game since 1966 as Baltimore defeats Sherbrooke, 4-3.

May 11, 1987

Penguins and Baltimore Skipjacks agree to terminate their working agreement

May 26, 1987

Penguins and Muskegon Lumberjacks of IHL sign a working agreement


February 9, 1988

Mario Lemieux is named MVP of NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis after scoring three goals, including the game winner in OT, and three assists.

April 14, 1988

Tony Esposito is hired by the Penguins and assumes duties of VP and General Manager

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 15, 1988

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

December 31, 1988

Mario Lemieux becomes the first player in NHL history to score a goal at even strength, on the power play, short-handed, on a penalty shot and into an empty net in one game


April 25, 1989

Mario Lemieux ties two NHL playoff Records with five goals and eight poits in one playoff game vs Philadelphia in the Penguins' 10-7 win

June 7, 1989

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

December 5, 1989

Craig Patrick is named General Manager/Head Coach replacing Tony Esposito and Gene Ubriaco


January 21, 1990

Pittsburgh's Civic Arena plays host to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time and Penguins' Center Mario Lemieux wins the MVP Award. Lemieux scores four goals on his way to his third All-Star MVP Award.

February 14, 1990

Mario Lemieux's 46-game point scoring streak halted at the NY Rangers as he leaves the game midway in second period with a back injury. Lemieux would miss the next 21 games before returning for the final game of the year.

June 12, 1990

Bob Johnson is hired as the head coach and Scott Bowman is named as director of development and recruitment


March 26, 1991

Penguins win their first division title, capturing the Patrick division title with a 7-4 win at Detroit

April 25, 1991

With a 4-1 win vs Washington, the Penguins win their first Patrick Division Playoff Championship

May 11, 1991

The Penguins earn the right to play in their first Stanley Cup championship series, beating the Boston Bruins to capture their first ever Wales Conference Championship

May 25, 1991

With an 8-0 victory over the Minnesota North Stars, the Penguins become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in their 24-year history

June 24, 1991

The Penguins visit the White House and meet President George Bush, the first NHL team invited the the White House

August 29, 1991

Penguins head coach Bob Johnson is diagnosed with brain tumors, and has emergency surgery that night

October 1, 1991

Scott Bowman is named interim head coach

October 19, 1991

Stanley Cup Championship banners are raised at the Civic Arena in a pre-game ceremony

November 19, 1991

The National Hockey League confirms Howard Baldwin, Morris Belzberg, and Thomas Ruta as new Penguins ownership

November 26, 1991

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


January 18, 1992

Pittsburgh has a record five players in the NHL All-Star Game at Philadelphia. Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Jaromir Jagr, and Paul Coffey are named to the starting Wales Conference lineup while Bryan Trottier is added to the team in the veteran's category

January 30, 1992

Craig Patrick is signed to a five-year contract as the general manager and executive vice president

April 1, 1992

NHL players go on strike

April 10, 1992

NHL players' strike ends

April 12, 1992

NHL games resume after conclusion of players' strike.

May 13, 1992

Penguins defeat NY Rangers in six games to capture the Patrick Division title

May 23, 1992

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

June 1, 1992

Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships

June 11, 1992

Paul Martha joins a Pittsburgh law firm but remains Penguins' general counsel

June 12, 1992

Penguins unveil new team logo at a press conference

June 23, 1992

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

October 5, 1992

Mario Lemieux signs a multi-year contract

October 8, 1992

Stanley Cup Banners are raised in a pre-game ceremony at the Civic Arena

October 22, 1992

Formal inductions of the Charter members of the Penguins Hall of Fame are held in a pre-game ceremony


January 12, 1993

The Penguins announce that Mario Lemieux has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease

March 2, 1993

Mario Lemieux returns to the Penguins lineup in Philadelphia after missing the previous 23 games.

March 28, 1993

The Penguins win their second Patrick Division Title with a 4-1 victory at Washington

April 3, 1993

Penguins win their first ever Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team with a 5-3 win at Quebec

April 9, 1993

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

May 14, 1993

David Volek scores at 5:16 of OT to give the NY Islanders a 4-3 win in the deciding game of the Patrick Division Finals

June 15, 1993

Jack Kelley named Penguins President

June 17, 1993

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

June 17, 1993

Mario Lemieux is named to the NHL first All-Star Team while Tom Barrasso, Larry Murphy, and Kevin Stevens are named to the second All-Star team.

June 29, 1993

The Penguins and the Russian Central Red Army Team announce working agreement


March 30, 1994

Syl Apps is named to the Penguins Hall of Fame

April 11, 1994

The Penguins win their first Northeast Division title with a 4-0 win at Ottawa

May 4, 1994

Roy Mlakar is named Chief Operating Officer of Pittsburgh Sports Associates Holding Company

May 4, 1994

The Penguins announce plans to build a practice and training facility located in the Southpointe development project in Washington County

June 28, 1994

Disney Sports Enterprises, Inc., joins in a three-way working agreement with the Penguins and Central Red Army Hockey Team

June 29, 1994

Penguins announce an advisory board to consist of Connecticut Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., actor Michael Keaton, KBL General Manager Bill Craig, Pittsburgh attorney Paul Martha, and businessmen Mike Farrell, Tony Liberati, Bernard S. Mars, and Bruce Robbins