As I was thinking about yesterday’s trade and how it might affect our Penguins—artistically and financially—it brought to mind a general manager from the past.
His name was Aldege “Baz” Bastien. Like present-day GM Jim Rutherford he, too, was a former goalie who had once backstopped a Steel City hockey team. In Baz’s case, the old Pittsburgh [...]
To everything there is a season.
While it may seem odd to open a blog post with a Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1), it is appropriate. Everything in our world runs in cycles. The four seasons, for example. Winter, spring, summer, and fall. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
The same holds true for hockey teams. They run in cycles, too. Ther [...]
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 principle that it’s better to give than receive, the Winnipeg native meted out enough punishment to merit an astronomical 2526 minutes in the sin bin over the course of his 13-year-pro-career.
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 to make an impression during a Toronto Maple Leafs training camp he engaged in several fights with NHL penalty king Dave “Tiger” Williams.
The scrappy youngster passed his first test. Boutette’s sp [...]
During the mid-1980s, then-Penguins general manager Eddie Johnston worked hard to build a competitive team around budding superstar Mario Lemieux. One of the club’s cornerstones during those developmental years was a feisty left wing named Randy Cunneyworth.
An eighth-round pick of Buffalo in the 1980 Entry Draft, Cunneyworth established hims [...]
It’s somehow fitting that former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Indeed, the undersized defenseman displayed bulldog tenacity while carving out a solid 13-year NHL career.
Although he enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career, Johnson was bypassed in the Entry Draft. Fo [...]