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Penguins Hall of Fame
The Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor members of the organization who have made a significant impact on the team - both on and off the ice - since the team's inception in 1967.
Bob Johnson (1992)
Bob Johnson coached the Penguins to their first ever Stanley Cup Championship in 1990-91. Johnson, an outstanding college coach and former head coach of the Calgary Flames, became head coach of the Penguins on June 12, 1990, and led the Penguins to its first-ever Patrick Division title with 88 points. The Penguins then went on to win the Patrick Division playoff title and the Wales Conference Trophy to earn the club's first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins reached the mountain top on May 25, 1991, with an 8-0 win at Minnesota, capturing Lord Stanley's Cup. Johnson became only the second American-born coach to win the Cup. Only three months later, on November 26, 1991, he passed away at his home in Colorado. Thanks in large part to Coach Bob Johnson, it will always be "A Great Day for Hockey" in Pittsburgh.
Jean Pronovost (1992)
Jean Pronovost played 10 seasons with the Penguins (1968-69 to 1977-78) and has played in more penguins games than any other player (753). A right wing, Pronovost was the first Penguin's player to score 50 goals in a season (52 in 1975-76). He led the team in goal scoring five times and points twice, and recorded 20 or more goals in nine of his 10 seasons with the Penguins, while playing in over 70 games in eight of those 10 seasons. Pronovost ranks second in club history with 316 goals, fourth in points (603), seventh in assists (287) and is third in game-winning goals (42) and fourth in power play goals (70). He represented the Penguins in the NHL All-Star Game on four occasions and served as team captain during the 1977-78 season.
Rick Kehoe (1992)
Acquired from Toronto on September 13, 1974, Rick Kehoe played 10 seasons with Pittsburgh (1974-75 to 1984-85). A right winger, he scored a career-high 55 goals in the 1980-81 season. Only Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr have more goals in a single season with the Penguins. With Pittsburgh, Kehoe led the team in goals and points on three occasions. He recorded 25 or more goals in nine of his 10 seasons with the Penguins, while topping the 30-goal mark five times. With 636 points as a Penguin, Kehoe ranks second in club history in points, trailing only Lemieux, second in games played (722), third in goals (312), sixth in assists (324), third in power play goals (95), and third in hat tricks (8). He played in the NHL All-Star Game twice and won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1981.
Syl Apps (1994)
Syl Apps was acquired by the Penguins from the New York Rangers, along with Sheldon Kannegiesser, in January of 1971 for current Edmonton Oilers General Manager Glen Sather. He spent six full seasons and parts of two other seasons in Pittsburgh. He scored 151 goals and 349 assists for 500 points in 495 regular season games, and also had eight points in 19 playoff games. Apps led the team in scoring three times, and currently ranks eighth on the Penguins career list for goals scored, fourth in assists, seventh in points and is tied for tenth in games played, seventh in game-winning goals and fifth in short-handed goals. He led the Penguins in assists five times, including 67 in the 1975-76 season when he captured a career high 99 points (32-67-99). He was also the Most Valuable Player of the 1975 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. For four years, Apps centered the Pens famous "Century Line" that included right wing Jean Pronovost and left wing Lowell MacDonald. The trio combined for 203 points and 84 goals in 1972-73, 239 points and 107 goals in 1973-74, 214 points and 94 goals in 1974-75 and 276 points and 114 goals in 1975-76.
Edward J. DeBertolo (1996)
Edward J. DeBartolo bought one-third ownership in the Penguins in 1977 and then purchased the team outright a year later. The brightest moment during his tenure was the team's treasured first Stanley Cup Championship in 1991. With patience and perseverance, the DeBartolo franchise endured a streak of six consecutive seasons without a playoff berth before beginning to rebound in the late '80s and coming within a game of reaching their first conference final in 1989. DeBartolo sold the team to Howard Baldwin, Morris Belzberg and Thomas Ruta in November of 1991. DeBartolo was selected as Man of the Year in 1983 by Vectors/Pittsburgh, was named Youngstown State University's Distinguished Citizen in 1984 and was a 1985 recipient of the Ohio Governor's Award. In 1986, DeBartolo was among 80 people chosen to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented to American citizen who have distinguished themselves and preserved the values of their heritage. The medal was first presented in celebration of the Statue of Liberty's 200th birthday, and will only be awarded every 10 years. DeBartolo passed away on December 19, 1994 at the age of 85.
Dave Burrows (1996)
Dave Burrows was one of the survivors of a dying breed - the defenseman - and his perfection of the art made him one of the most popular players in Penguins history. The Penguins selected Burrows from the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Intra-League Draft in June of 1971. He played with the Penguins through the 1977-78 season and in June of 1978 was traded to Toronto for Randy Carlyle and George Ferguson. Burrows was reacquired by the Penguins in November of 1980 and played with the team through the 1981-82 season. Overall, he played in 724 NHL games with Pittsburgh and Toronto and registered 29 goals and 135 assists for 164 points. Burrows had just 377 penalty minutes in his career, along with six points in 29 playoff games. For the Penguins, he had 24 goals and 108 assists for 132 points in 573 games and four points in 20 playoff games. Burrows was also selected to play in the 1974 and 1976 NHL All-Star Games and was chosen for Team Canada in 1976.
Elaine Heufelder (1996)
Elaine Heufelder has served the Penguins and the Civic Arena for 35 years. She was the executive assistant for the Arena's first building manager, Charles Strong, and worked with Paul Martha and Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. Throughout her career, she has played a key role in the operation of the building and the team's front office. She continues to assist the senior management staff as an executive assistant to Penguins President Donn Patton and Marketing Consultant Bill Barnes.
Mario Lemieux (1999)
One wag called this "the all-time no brainer in the history of hall of fames." Lemieux is simply the greatest player in Penguins history, the club's all-time leading scorer and the captain of Pittsburgh two Stanley Cup championship teams in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Drafted first overall in 1984, Lemieux recorded 613 goals and 881 assists for 1,494 points in 745 games over 12 seasons. He won six NHL scoring championships, three MVP trophies, two Conn Smythe trophies as MVP of the playoffs, and the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1984-85. He also becomes the only player in NHL history to average more then two points a game for his career. Lemieux then led an ownership group that brought the club out of bankruptcy in 1999 and currently serves as chairman of the broad, CEO and president.
Jack Riley (1999)
Jack Riley was there from the very beginning. The original general manager of the Penguins, Jack assembled the first team in franchise history in 1967 and served two stints as GM - from 1967-70 and again from 1972-74. He also was team president from 1970-72. A respected figure throughout the hockey world, Jack still serves as a consultant for the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League. "Jack was the one to pave the way for our organization", said Lemieux, his Hall of Fame classmate. "He gave us the opportunity to have a successful franchise."
Joe Mullen (2000)
As a youngster, Joe Mullen laced up his roller skates at the corner parking lot in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City. Years later became the first American-born player to score 500 goals in the NHL. His 16-year NHL career is full of milestones including three Stanley Cup Championships. He was a member of the Calgary Flames first championship team in 1989 and both Penguins' championship teams in 1991 and 1992. He is currently the second leading American-born scorer in league history with 502 goals and 1,063 points in 1,062 career games. Since his retirement from play in 1997, Mullen has been honored with inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the USA Hockey Hall of Fame, the Western PA Sports Hall of Fame and in the Boston College Hall of Fame.
Craig Patrick (2001)
In recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the sport of the local, national and international levels, including his outstanding work with the Penguins since 1989. Patrick was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. Patrick has led the Penguins to two Stanley Cups, five division championships, one President's Trophy, and 11 playoff berths in his 12 full seasons on the job. He was honored in 2000 with the Lester Patrick Award ofr his contributions to hockey in the Unites States. On the international level, Patrick served as an assistant coach and assistant GM of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that performed the "Miracle On Ice", winning an improbable gold medal. He was also GM of the 1991 U.S. team at the Canada Cup and the 2002 U.S. Olympic team at Salt Lake. Patrick played eight NHL seasons with five different teams, registering 72 goals and 163 points in 401 games before retiring from play in 1979. His 22 plus seasons with the Penguins represent the longest continuous stint as general manager in Penguins history.
Mike Lange (2001)
One of the most talented and unique broadcasters in professional sports. Mike Lange of Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh enters his 28th season of Penguins play-by-play. He has broadcast Penguins games thoughout four decades, and his colorful style has made him a hit with hockey fans in Pittsburgh, the tri-state area and across North America. As evidence of his contributions to the sport, the Hockey Hall of Fame honored Lange with the Foster Hewitt Award in November of 2001. Lange's relationship with the Penguins began in 1974-75, when he broke into the NHL as a radio play-by-play man. He left for one season but returned in 1976-77, and has been a staple of the club's broadcasts ever since. Lange worked radio exclusively until 1979, when games were simulcast on radio and TV. Now he is the primary television play-by-play broadcaster for the Penguins.
Anthony "A.T." Caggiano (2001)
A.T. Caggiano might not be a name that every Penguins fan recognizes, but he played an important role in the organization's first 33 seasons. A.T. worked in the Penguins locker room for more than three decades and was an indispensable part of the team's staff behind the scenes. Looking after the player's practice and game day needs and prepping the visitors' locker room, he was the forst person in the office wach morning and one of the last to leave after a game. Through 33 seasons, he never missed a Penguins home gaem. A.T. passed away in May of 2000 and, in his honor, the Penguins Booster Club renamed their annual award the A.T. Caggiano Memorial Award prior to the 2000-01 campaign.
Les Binkley (2003)
Les Binkley was orginally purchased by the Penguins from the American Hockey League's Cleveland Barons in 1966 - a full season before the Penguins played their first game in the National Hockey League. One of the AHL's top netminders during his seven years in Ohio, Binkley played in Pittsburgh from 1967-68 through the 1971-72 season, appearing in 196 regular season games for the Penguins and seven playoff contests. He ranks second on the team's all-time shutout list with 11, and also ranks second for most shutouts in a session with six during the 1967-68 campaign.
Ulf Samuelsson (2003)
Ulf Samuelsson, a Pittsburgh fan favorite for his rugged style of play, joined the Penguins on March 4, 1991 from the Hartland Whalers with Ron Francis and Grant Jenningsm and went on to star as a member of the Penguins' two Stanley Cup Championship teams. A physical defenseman for the Pens from 1991 to 1995, he played 277 regular season games for the team, recording 94 points amd 804 penalty minutes, and added 16 points and 123 penalty minutes in 66 post-season contests with the team. His crowning moment with the Penguins came when Samuelsson notched the series-clinching goal in Game Six of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals in Minnesota.
Vince Lascheid (2003)
Vince Lascheid entertained fans at Penguins' home games from 1970 to 2003. For more than 30 years, his musical tunes on the arena organ survived the test of time with Pittsburgh fans. During his musical career in Pittsburgh sports, he has also worked as team organist for the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Team (1970 to present) and the Pittsburgh Triangles Tennis Team (mid-70s).
Paul Coffey (2007)
Coffey, who played here from 1987-92, is the only defenseman in Penguins history to rank in the club's all-time top 10 in points and assists. He averaged well over a point a game during his Penguins career, racking up 108 goals and 332 assists for 440 points in 331 games. He also added 26 points in 22 playoff games. Coffey is also the only defenseman in Penguins history to score more than 100 points in a season - and, in fact, he did it twice. He had 30 goals and 113 points in 1988-89 and 29 goals and 103 points in 1989-90. He followed up with 24 goals and 93 points in 1990-91, when the Penguins went on to win the first of two Stanley Cups. A native of Westin, Ontario holds team single-season records for defenseman in goals (30), assists (83), points (113), shots (342), power play assists (53) and power play point (64).
Frank Sciulli (2007)
Long-time locker room assitant Frank Sciulli, who was with the club from its inception in 1967 until passing away in 2007, was a regular presence in the locker rooms of both the Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played and important role "behind the scenes" for the Penguins for parts of five decades.