Impress your friends tonight at your Pens viewing party with these seven bits of Pens trivia every diehard fan should know!
1. The Pens’ logo has some hidden meaning.
The gold triangle on the Pens’ logo actually symbolizes our great city’s Golden Triangle, at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which form the Ohio. Pretty neat!
2. The first jersey to be retired was #21.
Sadly, Michael Briere, who wore #21, was in a car accident and was in a coma that he never woke up from, leading to the retirement of his jersey.
3. Before Iceburgh, the Pens had a live mascot.
It’s true—the live penguin was named Pete and he often made appearances on the ice in between periods.
4. The Pens have the record for most goals in 2 min., 7 sec.
The 1972 team scored a whopping 5 goals in under 3 minutes. Crazy!
5. The last time a goalie appeared on the ice without a mask was a Pens goalie.
In 1973, Andy Brown was the last goalie to appear in a game without face protection.
6. Their colors were not always black and gold.
The Pens changed their team colors from blue and white to the ubiquitous black and gold, following the Pirates and Steelers. The Boston Bruins were not happy with this change that happened in 1980—they had the same colors and wanted to be the only team with them.
7. The Pens & Caps had a marathon hockey game back in ’96.
During the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals the Pens and Caps played until 2:22 a.m. It is currently the 5th longest game played in NHL history. Mario Lemieux was actually ejected in this one for fighting and slashing! Only six periods later, Petr Nedved scored on a power play to even the series at 2 games a piece. That’s a lot of hockey!
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