It’s getting close to crunch time now as the first exhibition games are in the books,and opening day draws ever nearer. Any Penguin fan worth his salt has to be uber excited about the depth that Ray Shero has amassed for the upcoming season. Since we have all seen how devastating injuries can be to a hockey team over the long haul [...]
A little over a week ago, PenguinPoop’s Art Vandelay’s bachelor party started out on Pittsburgh’s north shore at the Tilted Kilt and somehow ended up in Montreal. He got to hang with Marc Andre Fleury and Kris Letang up at an Allan Walsh – Octagon Pro Training Camp at Lower Canada College. Vandelay was invited to th [...]
Like all Penguins fans, I anxiously awaited Sidney Crosby’s press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center on September 7. While I hoped to receive news that the iconic Pens’ superstar was given the green light to resume his career, I also harbored a ghastly fear that he might be announcing his retirement.
Recent hockey history is littered with [...]
Last week I had the privilege of talking with current assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dan Hinote. During Dan’s professional careeer he played for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, and finished his career in Sweden playing for Moodo. When Dan played he was known for his defensive play and efficient penalty killing. T [...]
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 [...]