1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins season
|1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins|
|General Manager||Jack Riley|
|Alternate captains||Leo Boivin
|Arena||Pittsburgh Civic Arena|
|Average attendance||7,405 (59.2%)
|Goals||Ab McDonald (22)|
|Assists||Andy Bathgate (39)|
|Points||Andy Bathgate (59)|
|Penalties in minutes||Leo Boivin (74)|
|Wins||Les Binkley (20)|
|Goals against average||Hank Bassen (2.86)|
After deciding on the "Penguin" nickname (which was inspired by the fact that the team was going to play in an "Igloo", the nickname of the Pittsburgh Civic Center), a logo was chosen, that had a penguin in front of a triangle, which is thought to be in tribute to the "Golden Triangle".
On February 8, 1966 the NHL awarded a franchise to the Hockey Club of Pittsburgh, Incorporated: a partnership of several investors headed by Pennsylvania State Senator Jack McGregor and his friend and business associate Peter Block. McGregor became the public face of the ownership, as President and Chief Executive Officer, and representing the club at Board of Governors meetings.
Later that year McGregor and Block began assembling their new hockey team. American Hockey League executive Jack Riley was named the club's general manager, and began immediately acquiring the services of players. He signed minor-leaguers Les Binkley, Ted Lanyon, Dick Mattiussi and Bill Speer to contracts before the club had ever taken to the ice.
The name of the new team was chosen by a contest in a local newspaper: on February 10, 1967 the new team became known as the Penguins.
In the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft Riley chose experienced players, particularly former New York Rangers players. Coincidentally Penguins head coach Red Sullivan was a former Ranger player and head coach. Earl Ingarfield, Ken Schinkel, Val Fonteyne, Mel Pearson, Al MacNeil, Noel Price, Billy Dea and Art Stratton had each spent time in their careers with the Rangers, but the Penguins' most prized acquisition was former Rangers star Andy Bathgate. Bathgate, then 34 years old, was near the end of his career and deemed expendable by the Red Wings, who had previously acquired his rights.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made 20 selections in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft held in Montreal from June 5–7.
|Round #||Player||Position||Drafted from|
|1||Joe Daley||Goaltender||Detroit Red Wings|
|2||Roy Edwards||Goaltender||Chicago Black Hawks|
|3||Earl Ingarfield||Center||New York Rangers|
|4||Al MacNeil||Defense||New York Rangers|
|5||Larry Jeffrey||Left Wing||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|6||Ab McDonald||Left Wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|7||Leo Boivin||Defense||Detroit Red Wings|
|8||Noel Price||Defense||Montreal Canadiens|
|9||Keith McCreary||Right Wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|10||Ken Schinkel||Right Wing||New York Rangers|
|11||Bob Dillabough||Center||Boston Bruins|
|12||Art Stratton||Center||Chicago Black Hawks|
|13||Val Fonteyne||Left Wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|14||Jeannot Gilbert||Center||Boston Bruins|
|15||Tom McCarthy||Left Wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|16||Billy Dea||Left Wing||Chicago Black Hawks|
|17||Bob Rivard||Center||Montreal Canadiens|
|18||Mel Pearson||Left Wing||Chicago Black Hawks|
|19||Andy Bathgate||Right Wing||Detroit Red Wings|
|20||Les Hunt||Defense||New York Rangers|
The Penguins' first general manager was Jack Riley. His team (along with the other expansion teams) was hampered by restrictive rules that kept most major talent with the "Original Six." Beyond aging sniper Andy Bathgate and tough defenceman Leo Boivin, the first Penguins team was manned by a cast of former minor-leaguers. The club missed the playoffs, but were a mere six points out of 1st place in the close-fought West Division.
- October 11, 1967 – Andy Bathgate of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a goal in a 2–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first goal ever scored by a player for an expansion team.
|2||Los Angeles Kings||74||31||33||10||200||224||−24||72|
|3||St. Louis Blues||74||27||31||16||177||191||−14||70|
|4||Minnesota North Stars||74||27||32||15||191||226||−35||69|
Schedule and results
October: 3–6–1 (Home: 2–3–1; Road: 1–3–0) 7 points
November: 6–3–2 (Home: 3–1–1; Road: 3–2–1) 14 pints
December: 4–8–2 (Home: 2–3–2; Road: 2–5–0) 10 points
January: 4–7–2 (Home: 3–2–1; Road: 1–5–1) 10 points
February: 4–5–3 (Home: 2–3–3; Road: 2–2–0) 11 points
March: 6–5–3 (Home: 3–0–2; Road: 3–5–1) 15 points
|Legend:= Win = Loss = Tie|
|Binkley, LesLes Binkley||54||3141||20||24||10||151||2.88||6||0||0||0|
|Bassen, HankHank Bassen||25||1299||7||10||3||62||2.86||1||0||0||8|
‡Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Awards and records
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The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1967–68 season:
|June 6, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To New York Rangers
|September 7, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Detroit Red Wings
|October, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Hershey Bears (AHL)
|February 27, 1968||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Philadelphia Flyers
Additions and subtractions
|22||Andrea, PaulPaul Andrea||RW||5' 10"||174||L||25–26||North Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|1||Bassen, HankHank Bassen||G||5' 10"||180||L||34–35||Calgary, Alberta|
|9||Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate||RW||6' 0"||180||R||34–35||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|30||Binkley, LesLes Binkley||G||6' 0"||175||R||32–33||Owen Sound, Ontario|
|2||Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin (A)||D||5' 8"||183||L||34–35||Prescott, Ontario|
|14||Dea, BillyBilly Dea||LW||5' 8"||175||L||33–34||Edmonton, Alberta|
|15||Dillabough, BobBob Dillabough||C||5' 10"||180||L||25–26||Belleville, Ontario|
|8||Fonteyne, ValVal Fonteyne||LW||5' 10"||160||L||33–34||Wetaskiwin, Alberta|
|16||Hicks, WayneWayne Hicks||RW||5' 11"||185||R||29–30||Aberdeen, Washington|
|10||Ingarfield, EarlEarl Ingarfield (A)||C||5' 11"||185||L||32–33||Lethbridge, Alberta|
|18||Konik, GeorgeGeorge Konik||D/LW||5' 11"||190||L||29–30||Flin Flon, Manitoba|
|5||Lanyon, TedTed Lanyon||D||5' 11"||175||R||27–28||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|3||MacNeil, AlAl MacNeil (A)||D||5' 10"||183||L||31–32||Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|5||Mattiussi, DickDick Mattiussi||D/LW||5' 10"||185||L||28–29||Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario|
|6||McCallum, DuncDunc McCallum||D||6' 1"||193||R||26–27||Flin Flon, Manitoba|
|21||McCreary, KeithKeith McCreary||RW||5' 10"||180||L||26–27||Sundridge, Ontario|
|20||McDonald, AbAb McDonald (C)||LW||6' 3"||192||L||30–31||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|23||Pearson, MelMel Pearson||LW||5' 10"||175||L||28–29||Flin Flon, Manitoba|
|4||Price, NoelNoel Price||D||6' 0"||190||L||31–32||Brockville, Ontario|
|19||Rivard, BobbyBobby Rivard||C/LW||5' 8"||155||L||27–28||Sherbrooke, Quebec|
|12||Schinkel, KenKen Schinkel||RW||5' 10"||172||R||34–35||Jansen, Saskatchewan|
|17||Speer, BillBill Speer||D||5' 11"||205||L||24–25||Lindsay, Ontario|
|7||Stratton, ArtArt Stratton||C/LW||5' 11"||170||L||31–32||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|11||Ubriaco, GeneGene Ubriaco||LW/C||5' 8"||157||L||29–30||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft.
|1||2||Steve Rexe||Goaltender||Canada||Belleville Seniors|
|1||11||Bob Smith||Center||Canada||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
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