Over the course of their storied 50-year-history, the Penguins have iced all sorts of hockey teams. From the sublime to the hapless…and worse.
They’ve literally come in all shapes and sizes. Different colors, too. Until January 1980, the team sported Columbia blue, navy blue and white.
Thus, I decided to break with the present and write [...]
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 alley.
1. Bob “Battleship” Kelly (1974-77) As a 27-year-old rookie with St. Louis, Kelly beat reigning heavyweight king Dave Schultz twice in a preseason game. Able to intimidate foes simply by skatin [...]
During the summer of 1977, popular enforcer Bob “Battleship” Kelly signed a free-agent deal with Chicago, leaving the Penguins without a protector. Although general manager Baz Bastien imported rugged players Colin Campbell, Bob Paradise, and Brian Spencer to help with the policing chores, the Pens quickly fell prey to imposing cl [...]
Call it lighting a fire under the Penguins collective arses or call it awakening a sleeping giant Penguin, the cheap shot Andy Sutton threw at Jordan Leopold will end up being the Senators undoing. From that point on you could tell that the Penguins finally had that hatred for their rival that according to Max Talbot is needed to win a series [...]
The Penguins need to come out firing on all cylinders, the Capitals series was too close for comfort and to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, the Penguins need to take the Canes seriously and not look ahead to a rematch with Detroit. Carolina has won two series in the last minutes of game seven in both and the Penguins must play to keep them out [...]