Mario Lemieux and the 50 Most Loved Former Pittsburgh Penguins

Alison MyersCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2011

Mario Lemieux and the 50 Most Loved Former Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Many players have come and gone from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Some of these players have long retired and left lasting legacies in the organization. Others are still playing on other teams in the NHL or have continued their careers overseas.

    However, all of these players have one thing in common. To some degree or another, they were much loved by Penguins fans. Some earned their popularity with outstanding statistics, while others won fans over with their down to earth personalities. Some even gained a following for their ability to drop the gloves.

    Here are the 50 most loved former Pittsburgh Penguins.


    Alison Myers is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Bleacher Report. You may e-mail her at or follow her on Twitter .

50. Troy Loney, Left Wing: 1983-1993

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    Loney played 532 games with the Penguins in 10 years. He was drafted by the team in 1982 and bounced around between Pittsburgh and the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL for several years. He finally earned a permanent roster spot for the 1987-88 season. 

    Loney was most known for his ability to play a physical game, as he posted 982 penalty minutes in his time in Pittsburgh. He posted four seasons of more than 100 penalty minutes.

    After leaving the Penguins, Loney spent time with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, as they were then known. He also played with the New York Islanders and New York Rangers before retiring in 1995.

    He sits in 11th on the Penguins career games played list.

49. Steve McKenna, Defenseman: 2001 and 2002-2004

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    McKenna came to the Penguins in the 2000-01 season after being traded from the Minnesota Wild. He didn't post any points in 34 games, but he put up 100 penalty minutes. When he came to Pittsburgh, his leadership skills earned him an alternate captaincy.

    He was traded to the New York Rangers organization in 2001-02, but returned to Pittsburgh for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He had 13 points and 213 penalty minutes in that time.

    After playing overseas until 2007, McKenna took a position coaching the Mighty Roos, Australia's national hockey team.

48. Mitch Lamoureux, Center: 1983-1985

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    Despite being 5'6", Lamoureux was a high energy player and played an exciting game.

    He was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1981 and played with the team for two seasons. He had 21 points in 70 games.

    He mostly played in the AHL after leaving Pittsburgh and became a popular member of the Hershey Bears. He also played for the Providence Bruins.

    Lamoureux retired in 1999 and has been present at various Penguins' alumni events.

47. Colby Armstrong, Right Wing: 2005-2008

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    Armstrong started his career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Penguins' AHL affiliate.

    In 2005-06, he went up to Pittsburgh around the same time Michel Therrien was promoted to take over for Ed Olczyk. He posted 40 points in 47 games, sealing a permanent roster spot in the NHL.

    He had 34 points in 80 games the next season and had 24 points in 54 games in 2007-08 before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers. Armstrong was sent to Atlanta with Erik Christensen and prospect Angelo Esposito in return for Marian Hossa.

    Fans loved Armstrong for being a hard working grinder and getting involved in the occasional fight. He also had a friendship with Penguins star Sidney Crosby and was seen as fun-loving with a good sense of humor.

    "Army" is currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he has 16 points in 37 games.

46. Michel Dion, Goaltender: 1981-1985

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    Dion became the first goaltender to represent the Penguins at the NHL All-Star Game. He played in the 1982 festivities at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. That year, he had a record of 25-24-12 with a .879 save percentage and a 3.79 GAA.

    Dion played 151 games with the Penguins over four years and posted a record of 42-79-20 with a 4.28 GAA and a .855 save percentage.

    He played just 10 games in the 1984-85 season and spent most of the year with the Skipjacks. He retired after that season.

    In a recent special on FSN Pittsburgh, Dion met the current No. 29 for the Penguins, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The two met at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fleury modeled his mask after Dion's.

45. Dave Schultz, Left Wing: 1977-1979

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    Nicknamed "The Hammer", Schultz had previously played with the Broad Street Bullies Flyers teams of the 1970s. He had won two Stanley Cups in Philadelphia.

    However, Schultz did just as much damage in Pittsburgh. He played 113 games over two seasons and posted 535 penalty minutes. In 1977-78, he had 378 penalty minutes after being traded from the Los Angeles Kings. 

    Schultz finished his career with the Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans.

44. Ab McDonald: Left Wing, 1967-68

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    McDonald was the Penguins' first captain and posted 43 points in 74 games in Pittsburgh's 1967-68 inaugural season.

    He also played for the Pittsburgh Hornets in 1966-67 and posted 56 points in 61 games.

    After one year with Pittsburgh's new NHL team, he played with the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets.

43. Matthew Barnaby, Right Wing: 1999-2001

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    Barnaby was traded to Pittsburgh from the Buffalo Sabres in the 1998-99 season. Not long after arriving, he made his mark by fighting Sabres tough guy and former teammate Rob Ray. Penguins fans could immediately see that he had a reputation as a pest. 

    Barnaby played 129 games in Pittsburgh and posted 33 points and 399 penalty minutes. His charity work and his fan friendly attitude made him popular with the Penguins fanbase.

    Barnaby retired from hockey in 2007. He can now be seen on the TSN series "That's Hockey".

42. Jay Caufield, Right Wing: 1988-1993

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    Caufield spent five seasons in Pittsburgh and was a member of the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championship teams.

    He was more of a physical player, and it showed with 714 penalty minutes in 196 games, an average of nearly four penalty minutes per game. He posted 10 points in his time as a Penguin. 

    After retiring in 1994, Caufield stayed around the Penguins. He worked with Mario Lemieux on his 2000 comeback, being employed as a personal trainer.

    Caufield can currently be seen as an analyst on Penguins Postgame on FSN Pittsburgh. He has a segment called "Jay's Telestrator", where he shows how certain plays in Penguins games developed.

41. Andy Bathgate, Right Wing: 1967-1968 and 1970-1971

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    Bathgate played on the Penguins inaugural team in the 1967-68 season. After playing two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, he returned to Pittsburgh for the 1970-71 season.

    Bathgate tallied 103 points in 150 games. He also played with the Pittsburgh Hornets before the Penguins existed, where he had 10 points in six games.

    He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. His grandson, Andy Bathgate Jr., was drafted by the Penguins in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

40. Bob Errey, Left Wing: 1983-1993

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    Errey was drafted by the Penguins in 1983. After spending the first three seasons of his professional career bouncing between the Skipjacks and the Penguins, he made the Pittsburgh roster for good in the 1985-86 season.

    He had 272 points in 572 games, including a career high of 58 points in the 1988-89 season. He also served as an alternate captain during his time in Pittsburgh.

    Errey is currently a color commentator on FSN Pittsburgh and works along play-by-play announcer Paul Steigerwald. Penguins fans have a love/hate relationship with the pair. Errey has also appeared on NHL Network.

39. Rob Scuderi, Defenseman: 2005-2009

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    Scuderi was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1998 and spent the first part of his career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 

    He played 13 games in Pittsburgh in the 2003-04 season, but the 2004-05 lockout forced him to spend the entire season with WBS.

    He was called up to the NHL for good in 2005-06 and went on to post 39 points in 300 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    During the 2009 playoffs, Scuderi earned the nickname "The Piece" from his teammates when he made two huge saves on Red Wings forward Johan Franzen in the Stanley Cup Finals. Franzen was attempting to break in on Marc-Andre Fleury, but Scuderi stopped Franzen with his stick once and then stuck out his skate to make another stop.

    He is currently playing with the Los Angeles Kings, where he signed a four-year deal in the 2009 offseason.

38. Frank Pietrangelo, Goaltender: 1987-1992

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    Pietrangelo is best known for one thing among Pittsburgh Penguins fans: The Save.

    In the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Penguins were facing the New Jersey Devils in the first round. Petr Statsny of the Devils came in on a nearly empty net and fired the puck. It looked like he had a goal, but Pietroangelo stretched out his catching glove and flopped on his back, the puck in hand.

    Pietrangelo played 87 regular season games with Pittsburgh and went 34-32-3 with a 4.32 GAA and a .870 save percentage.

    If you have not seen The Save, here it is. It is probably one of the biggest goaltending saves ever made in the NHL:

37. Darius Kasparaitis, Defenseman: 1996-2002

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    Kasparaitis was traded from the Islanders to Pittsburgh in the 1996-97 season. He posted more than 100 penalty minutes in four out of his five years with Pittsburgh. His highest penalty minutes total with the Penguins was 146 in the 1999-00 campaign, which was also the second highest of his career.

    In 2001, Kasparaitis scored the game winning goal in overtime of game seven against the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

    His tenure in Pittsburgh came to an end in 2002, when he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.

    Kasparaitis is currently an assistant coach with St. Petersburg of the KHL. 

36. Ryan Malone, Left Wing: 2003-2008

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    Malone was drafted by the Penguins in 1999 and became the first Pittsburgh native to play for the Pens.

    In his rookie year in 2003-04, he finished third on the team in scoring with 43 points in 81 games.

    Malone was part of the 2008 Penguins team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, they lost to the Red Wings in six games. Malone suffered a broken nose in game one and re-injured it in game five, but he was able to return both times.

    He also served as an alternate captain during his time in Pittsburgh. His father Greg played with the team from 1976-1983.

    Malone is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

35. Gary Roberts, Left Wing: 2007-2008

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    Roberts was traded to the Penguins from the Florida Panthers in the 2006-07 season.

    He first became popular among Penguins fans during a game against the Sabres. He collided with Tim Connolly and took a hard fall. Although he fractured his fibula, he refused to be taken out on a stretcher.

    In 2008, he became the oldest player to record multiple goals in one playoff game when he had a two goal performance over the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Roberts, who retired in 2009, posted 66 penalty minutes and 28 points in 57 games with the Pens.

    Fans loved him so much for his toughness and his physical play despite getting up there in years. Several fans even came up with Gary Roberts Jokes, a spin on the popular Chuck Norris Jokes. 

34. Bryan Trottier, Center: 1990-1992 and 1993-1994

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    Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Trottier was most loved by the New York Islanders fanbase, where he brought four Stanley Cups to Long Island in the 1980s.

    However, he sure helped Pittsburgh out with the hardware, too.

    He was a member of the 1991 and 1992 championship teams and represented Pittsburgh at the 1992 NHL All-Star Game. He had 29 points that season.

    Trottier retired after the 1992 season and took a position in the Islanders front office. However, he had a desire to return to the ice one more time and joined Pittsburgh for the 1993-94 season. He had 15 points in 41 games.

    After he retired for good in 1994, he served as a Penguins assistant coach until 1997. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame that same year.

    He is currently working for the Islanders as Executive Director of Player Development.

33. Francois Leroux, Defenseman: 1995-1997

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    Leroux instantly made an impact on the Penguins when he got into a fight with St. Louis Blues tough guy Tony Twist, who was considered hockey's heavyweight champion in 1996.

    During a game with the Sabres, Leroux laid a controversial hit on star player Pat LaFontaine, which led to him getting into a fight with Buffalo enforcer Rob Ray.

    These two highlights helped him rack up 356 penalty minutes in 165 games.

    Leroux returned to the Penguins organization in 2002-03 but spent his time with the Baby Penguins, where he posted 124 penalty minutes in 57 games.

    Leroux was present for the final game at Mellon Arena last season and also played in the Penguins Alumni Game the day before the 2011 Winter Classic.

32. Michel Briere, Center: 1969-1970

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    Briere was drafted by the Penguins in 1969 and joined the team the following season.

    He had a promising rookie year, posting 44 points in 76 regular season games and eight points in 10 playoff games. He had the game winning goal in the quarterfinal round against the Oakland Seals as Pittsburgh earned their first playoff victory by defeating the Seals in four games.

    His efforts earned him the Penguins Rookie of the Year Award.

    In May 1970, he was in a single-car accident with his friends and was ejected from the vehicle. He slipped into a coma which he never woke up from and died in April 1971.

    No one wore Briere's No. 21 after that, although his jersey was not officially retired. However, in 2001, the Penguins finally raised his number to the rafters of Mellon Arena.

31. Ron Stackhouse, Defenseman: 1973-1982

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    In 1975, Stackhouse tied an NHL record for most assists by a defenseman in one game, when he posted six.

    He posted 343 points and 571 penalty minutes in 621 games. He also set a career high in points with 71 in the 1975-76 campaign.

    Stackhouse is fifth on the Penguins career games list. He is currently a high school teacher in Haliburton, Ontario.

30. Rob Brown, Right Wing: 1987-1991 and 1997-2000

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    Brown was drafted by the Penguins 1986. He played his last WHL season with the Kamloops Blazers in 1986-87 and joined the Pens for the 1987-88 season.

    In 1988-89, he posted 115 points, which would turn out to be his career high in the NHL. He started the 1991 season with Pittsburgh, but would not be a part of the Stanley Cup team. He was traded to the Hartford Whalers after playing 25 games to start the season.

    Brown was involved in many fights in his time as a Penguin, including major brawls with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals. He had a unique scoring celebration known as "The Windmill", where he wound one of his arms in a circle, much like an actual windmill.

    He finished his Penguins career with 342 points and 392 penalty minutes in 414 games.

29. Johan Hedberg, Goaltender: 2000-2003

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    The fans rallied around Hedberg so much that when he made a big save, they yelled "Mooooossseee!", which is often mistaken for a "Boo" among other teams' fans. He earned the nickname when he did not have time to get a custom mask and still had his helmet from the Manitoba Moose.

    He played 116 games with Pittsburgh from 2000-2003 and posted a record of 46-57-12 with a 2.88 GAA and .901 save percentage. He has nine playoff wins with the Penguins, which is fourth all-time among Pittsburgh goaltenders.

    He is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils as the backup to Martin Brodeur.

28. Randy Carlyle, Defenseman: 1978-1984

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    Carlyle's best season in Pittsburgh was in 1980-81, when he posted 83 points and won the Norris Trophy for the NHL's most outstanding defenseman. To this day, he is the only Penguin to win the award.

    He also had strong point production in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons, posting 75 and 56 points, respectively.

    He had 323 points and 582 penalty minutes in 397 games with the Penguins and was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 1984, where he finished out his NHL career. He retired from playing in 1993.

    Carlyle is currently the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. He has been with the team since 2005 and helped them to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship.

27. Phil Bourque, Left Wing: 1988-1992

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    Bourque went undrafted and signed with the Penguins in 1982.

    He spent several years going between Pittsburgh, the Skipjacks and the Muskegon Lumberjacks before sticking on the roster for the 1988-89 season. That year, he had 43 points, which became an NHL career high.

    Bourque became popular for two separate stories that played out after he won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh.

    In 1991, he suggested, "What do you say we take this thing out on the river and party all summer?", which fired up Penguins fans. 

    Then, in 1992, according to the book "Then Wayne Said to Mario: The Greatest Stanley Cup Stories Ever Told", Bourque climbed up a waterfall at Mario Lemieux's house with the Cup in hand. He threw the Cup from the waterfall, but it luckily landed in Mario's pool.

    Bourque rounded out his NHL career with the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, but never found the success that he did in Pittsburgh. He retired in 2000 after playing overseas.

    Bourque can be heard during every Penguins game on radio broadcasts alongside Mike Lange. He is the color commentator on the radio and is still known to Penguins fans as "The Old 29-er."

26. Dave Burrows, Defenseman: 1971-1978 and 1980-1982

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    Burrows represented Pittsburgh at the 1974 and 1976 NHL All-Star Games. He had 17 points in the 1973-74 campaign and 29 points in 1975-76.

    He played in 573 career games with the Penguins, which is seventh on the Penguins' all-time games played list. He had 132 points and 301 penalty minutes in that time.

    Burrows was inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 1996.

25. Ken Wregget, Goaltender: 1992-1998

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    Wregget was traded to the Penguins from the archrival Philadelphia Flyers in 1992. Once he came to Pittsburgh, he posted a 5-3 record in nine games to go with a 4.15 GAA and .847 save percentage.

    He had his best season in 1994-95 when he went 25-9-2 to lead NHL goaltenders in wins. He also had a 3.21 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

    Wregget played 212 games with the Penguins overall and went 104-67-21 with a 3.29 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He is third among Penguins goalies with 13 playoff wins.

    Most notably, he was the goaltender in the Pens' 1996 Eastern Conference Quartferfinals matchup with the Washington Capitals. The game went to the fourth overtime and was the third longest game in NHL history.

24. Alexei Kovalev, Right Wing: 1998-2003

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    Kovalev had two of the best seasons of his career when playing for Pittsburgh. He posted 95 points in the 2000-01 season and 76 points in 2002.

    He went to the NHL All-Star Game in 2001 and earned another invite in 2003 on his way to a 64 point season.

    Kovalev had 149 career goals with the Penguins, which is 14th on the Pens' career goals list. He finished his time with the Penguins with 347 points.

    He is currently playing with the Ottawa Senators along with another former Penguin, Sergei Gonchar.

23. Martin Straka, Center: 1992-1995 and 1997-2003

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    Straka was drafted by the Penguins in 1992 and joined the team for the 1992-93 season, where he had 16 points in 42 games. He had 96 points in his first stint in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1995. 

    After spending time with the Senators, Islanders and Florida Panthers, Straka returned to Pittsburgh in 1997. He set a career high in points in 2000-01, when he had 95 points in a full 82-game season.

    However, Straka could not duplicate his success the following season. He broke his leg just 13 games into the 2001-02 season and missed the rest of the year. He had nine points when he got injured, so it is easy to suggest that he would have had another strong year.

    Unable to produce at the same levels he once did, he was traded to the Kings in 2003 and also played for the Rangers from 2005 to 2008.

    He sits in ninth on the Penguins games played list (560), eighth on the career goals list (165) and ninth on career points (442).

    He is currently playing back in his home country of the Czech Republic.

22. Robert Lang, Defenseman: 1997-2002

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    Lang had 30 points in his first season with Pittsburgh in 1997-98 and improved every year after that. He reached his career high in 2000-01, when he posted 80 points.

    In 2001-02, his production dipped from the year before, but he still managed a respectable 50 points in 62 games.

    After leaving Pittsburgh, he had several NHL stops with the Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes. With the Coyotes last season, he helped the team to their first playoff appearance since 2002. However, they lost to the Red Wings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Lang is currently not playing, and although he did not officially retire, it is likely he will not return to the NHL.

21. Ron Schock, Center: 1969-1977

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    Believe it or not, Ron Schock never wanted to play in Pittsburgh.

    While playing with the St. Louis Blues, Schock was asked where he least wanted to be traded to, and he said he did not want to come to the Penguins. However, two days later, he found himself in a blue jersey at Civic Arena.

    Pittsburgh was actually quite kind to Schock. He served as team captain from 1973 to 1977. In his first year as captain, he set a career high with 86 points.

    He played in 619 games, which is sixth on the Penguins career games list. His 619 career points are ranked 12th, and he is 10th on the career assists list with 280.

    After leaving Pittsburgh, he spent time with the Sabres and was eventually relegated to the AHL, where he played with the Rochester Americans and Hershey Bears. He retired following the 1979-80 season.

20. Ken Schinkel, Right Wing: 1967-1973

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    Schinkel played the last leg of his NHL career with the Penguins. He was named to the NHL All-Star Games in 1968 and 1969 on his way to 39 and 52 point seasons.

    After posting 236 points in 371 games with Pittsburgh, he became the team's coach in 1973. They reached the first round of the playoffs in both 1976 and 1977 but were eliminated by the Toronto Maple Leafs each time.

    Once he was done coaching, Schinkel worked in the team's front office until 1989, where he served as assistant general manager and acted as a scout.

19. Larry Murphy, Defenseman: 1990-1995

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    Murphy won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins on his way to winning four Cups in the 1990s. He is the only NHL player to win four cups in one decade with different teams.

    He was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy in 1993 and represented the Penguins at the 1994 NHL All-Star Game. That year, he posted 73 points in 84 games.

    While he was in Pittsburgh, he became famous for a move to help clear the puck out of the opponent's zone. He would pick up the puck and lift it high over the opponents, and it would drop before the goal line so it wouldn't count as icing. Radio announcer Mike Lange called the move "The Murphy Dump."

    Murphy retired from hockey in 2001 and is currently an analyst for the Red Wings on FSN Detroit. He has also appeared on NHL Network.

18. Lowell MacDonald, Right Wing: 1970-1978

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    Macdonald was one of three players on this list who played for the Pittsburgh Hornets prior to the Penguins' existence. He had 135 points while playing with the team from 1962 to 1965.

    In 1973, he won the Bill Masterton Trophy after recovering from a knee injury to score 75 points. The following year, he set a career high with 82 points.

    Overall, he had three seasons of more than 70 points in Pittsburgh.

17. Bill Guerin, Right Wing: 2009-2010

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    Guerin was traded from the Islanders at the 2009 trade deadline. By the time he came to Pittsburgh, he was a veteran of 1,000 NHL games and had won a Stanley Cup with the Devils.

    After being traded, he posted 12 points in 17 games and then had 15 points in 24 playoff games as the Penguins won their third Stanley Cup.

    Last season, he had 45 points in 78 games and then had nine points in 11 playoff games. The Penguins were eliminated by the Canadiens in the second round.

    Guerin signed a tryout contact with the Flyers this season but was cut before the regular season started. He opted to retire as a Penguin and was honored at a pregame ceremony in December.

    Guerin is hoping to take a front office position in the Penguins organization and also expressed an interest in coaching.

16. Sergei Gonchar, Defenseman: 2005-2010

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    Gonchar signed with the Penguins in 2005. In 2006-07, he tied his career high in points by posting 67.

    He helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and had 14 points in 20 playoff games after a 65 point regular season.

    In 2009, Gonchar was sorely missed by the Penguins when he suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason. The Penguins had fallen to 10th place by the time he returned in February. When he came back to the lineup, the team went 18-3-4 to get the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

    He won his first Stanley Cup that year and had 14 points in 22 games.

    Last year, he tallied 50 points in 62 games, a solid total despite dealing with injuries once again.

    He was a huge part of the Penguins' power play unit during his time in Pittsburgh, and he posted 41 power play goals over five seasons to prove it.

    Gonchar is currently playing with the Senators. When he came back to the Consol Energy Center to face the Penguins, the team put together a video tribute for him, which was met with applause by Penguins fans.

15. Syl Apps, Jr., Center: 1970-1978

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    Apps represented Pittsburgh in the 1975 NHL All-Star Game after posting 79 points in 79 games that year. However, his best year came in 1975-76, when he had 32 goals and 99 points.

    Apps is 12th on the Penguins career goals list (151), fifth on career assists (349) and eighth in career points (500). He played in 495 games with the Penguins over eight seasons.

14. Mike Bullard, Center: 1980-1986

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    Bullard was drafted by the Penguins in 1980 and came to Pittsburgh near the end of the 1980-81 season.

    Bullard had his best season with the Penguins in 1983-84 when he set career highs with 51 goals and 92 points. He represented the Penguins in the NHL All-Star Game that season.

    He was the team's captain from 1984 to 1986. He is seventh on Pittsburgh's career goals list with 186 goals and is 14th on the all-time points list with 361 points in 382 games.

    Bullard retired in 2003 after spending several years overseas. He is currently coaching in Germany.

13. Mark Recchi, Right Wing: 1988-1991, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007

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    Recchi played with the Penguins three times and was a part of the 1991 Stanley Cup team. He had 113 points that year for the second highest point total of his career.

    He was traded to the Flyers in 1992 and spent the next several years of his career in Philadelphia and Montreal. He also had a second stint with the Flyers before coming back to the Penguins for the 2005-06 season.

    Recchi had 57 points in 63 games for the Penguins that season, but he wanted to play for a contender. In 2006, he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he won a Stanley Cup after posting 16 points in 25 playoff games.

    After fulfilling his wish, he came back to the Penguins one last time and had 67 points in 82 games.

    Recchi is currently playing for the Boston Bruins and is the oldest active player in the NHL.

12. Petr Nedved, Center/Left Wing: 1995-1997

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    Nedved was only with the Penguins for two seasons, but he is part of one of the most historical moments in Penguins history.

    In the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Capitals, he scored the game winning goal in the fourth overtime to give the Penguins the win. The Penguins ended up winning the series in six games.

    Nedved had 170 points in 154 regular season games and 23 points in 23 playoff games. His best year was in 1995-96, where he had 45 goals and 99 points.

11. Joe Mullen, Forward: 1990-1995

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    Mullen was on the 1991 and 1992 Cup teams, winning his second and third championships after winning the 1989 Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames.

    He had 87 points in the 1991-92 season, the second best total of his career (he had 110 points with Calgary in 1988-89).

    While with the Penguins, he became the first U.S. born player to reach 500 goals and 1,000 points. He represented the Pens in the 1994 NHL All-Star Game with 70 points in 84 games.

    He retired as a Penguin, playing his last NHL season in 1996-97. He is 11th on the career goals list with 153. Mullen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

    He is currently an assistant coach with the Flyers.

10. Tom Barrasso, Goaltender: 1988-2000

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    Barrasso was already established in his young career by the time he came to the Penguins. He won the Vezina Trophy and the Calder Trophy in 1984 for the NHL's best goaltender and outstanding rookie.

    He won two Stanley Cups with the team in 1991 and 1992. During the Penguins' 1992 Cup run, he set an NHL record for most wins by a goaltender in a single playoff season with 16. He also started on the path towards setting the record for most consecutive playoff wins and won 14 straight games between 1992 and 1993.

    In 1997, he became the first U.S. born goalie to reach 300 wins.

    Barrasso opted to retire as a Penguin in 2000 and finished his Pittsburgh career with a record of 226-153-53 with a 3.27 GAA and a .895 save percentage. He also has the second most wins by an American goalie, with 369 wins over his career with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Carolina and Toronto.

    He is currently working for the Hurricanes in goaltender development.

9. Rick Kehoe, Right Wing: 1974-1985

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    Kehoe had one of his best seasons in 1981, when he represented the Penguins at the NHL All-Star Game. He had 88 points that year and also won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship.

    He went to the All-Star Game again in 1982 and finished that season with 85 points.

    He had 312 career goals (fourth all-time for the Penguins), 324 career assists (seventh all-time) and 636 points (third all-time). He is also fourth on the Penguins' career games played list with 722 games in 11 seasons.

    After he was done playing, he joined the Penguins as an assistant coach, where he was a part of the coaching staff for the back-to-back Stanley Cup teams. He also served as a scout.

    Kehoe took over as head coach of the Pens from 2001-2003 but was unable to get the Penguins in the playoffs.

    He is currently a scout in the Rangers organization.

8. Pierre Larouche, Center: 1974-1977

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    In 1976, Larouche became the youngest player to reach 50 goals and 100 points when he finished the 1975-76 season with 53 goals and 111 points. His goal total also makes him seventh on the Penguins' list for goals scored in a season.

    He had 253 points in 240 regular season games and 11 points in 15 playoff games.

    After leaving Pittsburgh, he played with Montreal, the Hartford Whalers and the Rangers. He retired just 10 games into the 1987-88 season.

    Larouche returned to Pittsburgh for the Winter Classic festivities to coach the Penguins alumni team in their game with the Capitals alumni.

7. Jean Pronovost, Right Wing: 1968-1978

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    In the 1975-76 season, Pronovost became the first Penguins player to score 50 goals and 100 points in a season. He finished the year with 52 goals and 104 points, which was a career high.

    He served as captain during the 1977-78 season and posted 603 points in 753 games with Pittsburgh.

    Pronovost is tied for eighth on the Penguins' list for goals scored in a season. He is also third in career goals (316), ninth in career assists (287) and fifth in points.

    He was present at the final game at Mellon Arena, and fans chanted "Let's Go Pronovost!" as he walked the red carpet on to the ice.

6. Ulf Samuelsson, Defenseman: 1991-1995

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    Samuelsson was traded to the Penguins in 1991 along with forward Ron Francis. He was a big part of the Penguins Stanley Cup championships and was a reason why the Penguins came out on the winning end of that trade.

    He posted more than 200 penalty minutes twice, racking up 206 penalty minutes in 1991-92 and 249 penalty minutes in 1992-93. As a result, he ended his Penguins career with 804 penalty minutes. He had just 94 points in 277 games.

    Samuelsson's son Phillip was drafted by the Penguins in 2009. Phillip is currently playing at Boston College.

    Samuelsson is currently an assistant coach with the Coyotes, where he has been since 2006.

5. Kevin Stevens, Left Wing: 1987-1995 and 2001-2002

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    Stevens had 123 points in the 1990-91 season and was the first player to outscore Wayne Gretzky in the regular season. During the Stanley Cup seasons, he was the only Penguins player to play in every regular season and playoff game.

    In 1993, Stevens suffered a major injury against the Islanders in the playoffs. He went to hit defenseman Rich Pilon, but he got caught in Pilon's visor and was knocked unconscious. He needed major surgery to put a metal plate in his face.

    He rebounded nicely in the 1993-94 season, finishing second on the team in scoring with 84 points.

    After playing time with the Kings, Rangers and Flyers, he returned to the Penguins in 2001. However, he struggled, posting 28 points in 64 games. He retired in 2002.

    Stevens is ranked fifth for goals in a season (55 in 1992-93), fifth in career goals (260) and eighth in career assists (295). His 123 point effort is ninth for points in a season.

    He is currently a scout in the Penguins organization.

4. Paul Coffey, Defenseman: 1987-1992

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    Coffey came to the Penguins as a three time Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. He was also a two time Norris Trophy winner (he won for a third time in the 1994-95 season) and a five-time NHL All-Star.

    He joined Pittsburgh in 1987 and represented the Penguins at the All-Star Game in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. 

    He posted two 100-point seasons in 1989 (113 points) and 1990 (103 points). In 1990, he became the second defenseman to post 1,000 career points.

    Coffey was traded to the Kings in 1992. He finished his Penguins career with 440 points in 331 games and is eighth on the career assists list with 83 in the 1988-89 season. After playing for several more teams, he retired in 2001.

    Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Penguins Hall of Fame in 2007.

3. Ron Francis, Center: 1991-1998

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    Francis came to the Penguins in the 1991 trade with Hartford that also sent Ulf Samuelsson to Pittsburgh.

    He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship in 1995 after posting just 18 penalty minutes in 44 games. He also became the first Penguin to win the Selke Trophy for the NHL's best defensive forward with a total of 59 points.

    In 1995-96, he set a career high with 119 points in 77 games.

    Francis twice served as a Penguins captain, wearing the C in 1994-95 and 1997-98.

    In 1998, he finished second in Lady Byng voting.

    In addition to winning two Stanley Cups, he also represented Pittsburgh at the 1996 NHL All-Star Game.

    He left the organization in 1998 and spent the remainder of his career with the Hurricanes. He guided the Canes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, but they lost to the Red Wings, and he was unable to win his third Cup.

    Francis is in fourth on the Penguins all-time points list with 613 points. He played in 533 games (ranked 10th) and posted 164 goals (ninth) and 449 assists (third).

    He is currently working in the Canes organization as associate head coach and Director of Player Personnel.

2. Jaromir Jagr, Right Wing: 1990-1994 and 1995-2001

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    Jagr played for the Penguins twice. In 1991, he posted 57 points in 80 games to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. When the Penguins went to the Stanley Cup Finals that year, he became the youngest player to score in a Finals game. He had 13 points in 24 playoff games.

    During the 1995-96 season, he set a career high with 149 points.

    Jagr acted as a team captain in the 1997-98 season. The following season, he won the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP after posting 127 points in 81 games. He also won the Art Ross Trophy five times while playing for the Penguins (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001).

    Jagr also represented Pittsburgh at six NHL All-Star Games (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000). He was eventually traded to the Capitals in 2001 and also played with the Rangers from 2005 to 2008.

    He is second on many Penguins all-time lists, including career goals (439), assists (640) and points (1,079). He is also fourth for goals in a season, with 62 goals during the 1995-96 season.

    Jagr is currently playing in his home country of the Czech Republic. Although there always seems to be rumors of an NHL comeback, Jagr himself has never announced any intentions of doing so.

1. Mario Lemieux, Center: 1984-1997 and 2000-2006

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    As if there was ever any doubt as to who would top this list.

    Lemieux played his entire career with Pittsburgh and was a long time team captain. He pulled the Penguins from a mediocre, struggling team to a team that got people talking.

    He won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins and was playoff MVP in both Cup years. He scored five goals five different ways in a 1988 game and is still the only NHL player who has ever accomplished that feat. He holds multiple Penguins records, including games played, career points and goals in a season.

    If you go to the Penguins website and look at the all-time season and career leaders, Lemieux is at the top in every category.

    He represented Pittsburgh in 10 NHL All-Star Games. He has won every NHL award imaginable, capturing three Hart Trophies, six Art Ross Trophies and four Lester B. Pearson Awards. He also won the Calder Trophy in 1985 and the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1993.

    Lemieux originally retired in 1997 after battling a back injury. He came out of retirement in 2000 and scored a goal in his first game back. He was already in the Hockey Hall of Fame, as the waiting period was waved and he was inducted upon his first retirement.

    He also bought the team in 1999 and remains the team's owner and chairman.

    When the Penguins reached a deal to build the Consol Energy Center in 2007, Lemieux was the one who announced to Penguins fans that the team would remain in Pittsburgh.

    He had his name engraved on the Cup once again in 2009, his first Cup as a team owner.

    But hey, no big deal or anything. It's all in a days work for the greatest Penguin of all-time and the one who you just cannot dislike. 

    Not even Flyers fans could.

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