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Penguins History: Paul Baxter

Posted on Jan 18th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Few Penguins players past or present created more of a stir on the ice than Paul Gordon Baxter. A born-again Christian who embraced the spiritual…

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Penguins History: Nick Harbaruk

Posted on Dec 21st, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Few players have overcome greater obstacles to play in the NHL than former Penguin Mikolaj Nicholas “Nick” Harbaruk. Born in Nazi-occupied…

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Penguins History: Toughest Fighters

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

For my fourth and final installment on the toughest Penguins ever, I’ve listed the guys I’d most want to have with me if I were entering a dark…

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Penguins History: The Pests

Posted on Sep 11th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins have employed their share of pests—the thorn-in-the-side guys who make a living out of irritating the opposition. Here are my top…

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Penguins History: The Dirty (Half) Dozen

Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

The Dirty (Half) Dozen features the Penguins players who were most likely to stray over the boundaries of fair and gentlemanly play. Needless to say,…

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Penguins History: Hardest Hitters

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

A while back I noticed that Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had asked the readers of his blog to list their toughest Penguins of…

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Penguins History: Pat Boutette

Posted on Apr 6th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

As a rookie hopeful fresh out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Pat Boutette received a baptism by fire … from his own teammate. While trying…

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Penguins History: Bob Paradise

Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

It might come as a surprise for Penguins fans to learn that a Hall-of-Fame defenseman skated for the team in the mid-to-late 1970s. No, it wasn’t…

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Pittsburgh Penguins History: Moe Mantha

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

He was involved in two of the highest profile trades in Penguins history. What’s more, he’s ranked sixth on the team’s all-time list of highest…

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The History of the Penguins vs Flyers Rivalry in Six Easy Steps

Posted on Apr 10th, 2012 - By PenguinPoop - 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how the bitter rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers got started?  Published author &…

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Penguins History: Eddie “The Entertainer” Shack

Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

He wasn’t the best player to don a Penguins jersey. Not by a long shot. But few players in the history of the National Hockey League ever generated…

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Penguins History: Randy Cunneyworth

Posted on Mar 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the mid-1980s, then-Penguins general manager Eddie Johnston worked hard to build a competitive team around budding superstar Mario Lemieux.…

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Penguins History: Robert Lang

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As a member of the illustrious draft class of 1990 that included Penguins prodigy Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang was projected to be a star. Indeed, the…

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Penguins History: Jim Johnson

Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s somehow fitting that former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Indeed,…

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Penguins All-Star Memories

Posted on Jan 29th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Most Penguins fans are familiar with the All-Star exploits of Steel City superstars like Mario Lemieux. Indeed, those of us who are old enough will…

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Penguins History: Duane Rupp

Posted on Jan 27th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Next to Ron Stackhouse, perhaps no Penguin was less appreciated in his time than defenseman Duane Rupp. Ironically, the fans’ dissatisfaction…

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Penguins History: Keith McCreary

Posted on Jan 17th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

One of the earliest Penguins heroes, Vernon “Keith” McCreary typified the teams of the late 1960s and early 70s. While hardly a star, he was a…

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Penguins History: Battleship Kelly

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

In the annals of Penguins history, perhaps no player cultivated a more fearsome reputation—or earned a more colorful nickname—than left wing Bob…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 6: Sid versus Richy (2005-present)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

For the third time during the course of the Pens-Flyers rivalry, the momentum shifted with the arrival of a superstar. Sidney Crosby would lead the…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 5: Eric Lindros and the Legion of Doom (1994-2005)

Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Following a sorry sixth-place finish in 1991-92, the Flyers acquired the rights to phenom Eric Lindros from Quebec. Slowly but surely “the Next…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 4: Super Mario and “the Streak” (1984-1994)

Posted on Dec 27th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins were on life support when they drafted Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick in the 1984 Entry Draft. Although No. 66 would…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 3: Rise of the Broad Street Bullies (1972-1984)

Posted on Dec 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Pens-Flyers rivalry heated up during the early ‘70s, due in no small part to the emergence of “the Broad Street Bullies.” Armed with…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 2: The Early Years (1967-1972)

Posted on Dec 25th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The seeds for “the Battle of Pennsylvania” were sown perhaps as far back as the mid-1960s. Upon learning of the National Hockey League’s…

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Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 1: Roots (1925-1967)

Posted on Dec 24th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Separated by only 300 miles of rolling Pennsylvania hills and grasslands, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are worlds apart in terms of culture. Situated…

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Penguins History: Ken Schinkel

Posted on Dec 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the Penguins’ early years the Civic Arena faithful didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about. One of the few bright spots on an otherwise…

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Penguins History: Colin Campbell

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s somewhat ironic that former Penguin Colin Campbell earned lasting fame while serving as the NHL’s czar of discipline. After all, the rugged…

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Penguins History: Demolition Durby

Posted on Aug 14th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

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”…

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Penguins History: Kjell Game

Posted on Aug 5th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

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…

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Penguins History: Dave Schultz – If I Had A Hammer

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the summer of 1977, popular enforcer Bob "Battleship" Kelly signed a free-agent deal with Chicago, leaving the Penguins without a protector.…

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