Having cut my hockey teeth during the heyday of goon-squad hockey back in the 1970s, I’ve always had an affinity for the movie Slap Shot. With nothing in particular to do (a mind is a terrible thing to waste), I decided to delve into the true identities of some of the movie’s more colorful characters.
Of course, everyone knows about the Hanso [...]
As a young hockey fan, I’ll never forget the day in January of 1974 that the Penguins acquired tough guys Steve Durbano and Bob “Battleship” Kelly from St. Louis. At the time of the trade the Pens were languishing in next-to-last place. Worse yet, they were a woefully timid team—the 98-pound weaklings of the NHL.
That all changed with the arr [...]
Following nine seasons in his native Sweden, Kjell Samuelsson ventured across the pond to join the New York Rangers in 1985-86. Standing 6’6” and weighing 235 pounds, the 27-year-old defenseman was considered an oddity—a foreign-born player of immense proportions.
After seeing limited duty for the Blueshirts, Samuelsson was dealt to Philadelp [...]
Although Mike Rupp’s departure didn’t receive much fanfare, losing the big forward to the Rangers creates an even bigger hole in the Penguins’ lineup.
In an era when classic “beat ‘em in the alley” power forwards such as Gary Roberts and Rick Tocchet have gone the way of the dodo, Rupp is indeed a rare bird. Tough enough to tangle with opposi [...]
When I first learned that the Penguins were entertaining the idea of bringing Jaromir Jagr back to the ‘Burgh, I must confess to having mixed emotions.
On one hand, a Jagr return to the Steel City would have revved fan interest to a fever pitch, not to mention providing a happy ending to what was heretofore one of the saddest chapters in fran [...]
Lost amid the turmoil of the Jaromir Jagr “my heart’s in Pittsburgh but my wallet’s in Philly” fiasco, Max Talbot signed a five-year deal with the Flyers on Friday.
I’ve always loved Talbot. The son of a construction worker, Max was a big-time scorer in junior hockey who had to adapt to a blue-collar role to make it in the NHL. Possessing und [...]
The free agent frenzy began at 12:01 with Jamaal Meyers signing with the Blackhawks for one year, and it hasn’t slowed down yet. Before noon, the Penguins announced that they had broken off negotiating with Jaromir Jagr, and instantly turned their attention to resigning Tyler Kennedy. Kennedy’s new deal was announced shortly aft [...]
With the conclussion of the Stanley Cup Finals this past week. PenguinPoop readers turn their attention to the NHL hockey draft followed by free agency on July 1st. I was extremely fortunate to be able to talk to Jay Grossman Presdient of the Puck Agency LLC. Some of the http://www.puckagency.com/ clients are Ilya Kovalchuk, Vezina trophy c [...]
Dan Bylsma won a well deserved Jack Adams award for “Coach of the Year”. Bylsma is the first Penguins coach to win the award. This is the video of his acceptance speech.
We had an idea Bylsma was going to win the award back in March, you can read about it here: Penguins Coach Bylsma Deserves Jack Adams Award Consideration
Well, here we are…the first day of the Stanley Cup Finals. It doesn’t matter what team you’re a fan of, there’s some excitement that comes as a hockey fan at this point in the playoffs. I think it has to do with a month and a half of waiting and anticipation finally coming down to the final two teams. I think it has [...]