1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Wales
1992–93 record 56–21–7
Home record 32–6–4
Road record 24–15–3
Goals for 367
Goals against 268
Team information
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Mario Lemieux
Alternate captains Larry Murphy
Kevin Stevens
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (69)
Assists Mario Lemieux (91)
Points Mario Lemieux (160)
Penalties in minutes Rick Tocchet (252)
Plus/minus Mario Lemieux (+55)
Wins Tom Barrasso (43)
Goals against average Tom Barrasso (3.01)
<1991–92 1993–94>

The Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team in the NHL during the 1992–93 regular season. Their 56 wins and 119 points earned them the President's Trophy's as the league's top team. Four players reached the 100-point plateau and, for the second consecutive season, five reached the 30-goal plateau. Despite missing over a quarter of the regular season, Mario Lemieux returned later in the year to help the Penguins put together a 17-game winning streak, an NHL record still standing today.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Pittsburgh allowed the most short-handed goals (19) during the regular season of all 24 teams.[1] In addition to tying the Buffalo Sabres for most hat tricks during the regular season, with 10, the Penguins finished second in shooting percentage, scoring 367 goals on 2,725 shots (13.5%).[2]

Mario Lemieux[edit]

It was announced during the regular season that Mario Lemieux had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. Despite missing 24 regular-season games and the 1993 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal on Saturday, February 6, Lemieux led the league in Plus/Minus with +55 and led in scoring with 160 points (a total for which he would win the Art Ross Trophy). At the pace he was scoring goals (1.15 per game) and picking up assists (1.52 per game), he could have scored 97 goals and tallied 128 assists for 225 points had he played all 84 games. Had he achieved these totals, he would have broken Wayne Gretzky's all-time records for most goals in a season (92) and most points in a season (215). In recognition of his dedication and his achievements, Lemieux was awarded the Hart Trophy as league MVP of 1992–93.

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 84 56 21 7 367 268 119
Washington Capitals 84 43 34 7 325 286 93
New York Islanders 84 40 37 7 335 297 87
New Jersey Devils 84 40 37 7 308 299 87
Philadelphia Flyers 84 36 37 11 319 319 83
New York Rangers 84 34 39 11 304 308 79

[3]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Wales Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p - Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 84 56 21 7 367 268 119
2 Boston Bruins ADM 84 51 26 7 332 268 109
3 Quebec Nordiques ADM 84 47 27 10 351 300 104
4 Washington Capitals PTK 84 43 34 7 325 286 93
5 Montreal Canadiens ADM 84 48 30 6 326 280 102
6 New York Islanders PTK 84 40 37 7 335 297 87
7 Buffalo Sabres ADM 84 38 36 10 335 297 86
8 New Jersey Devils PTK 84 40 37 7 308 299 87
9 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 84 36 37 11 319 319 83
10 New York Rangers PTK 84 34 39 11 304 308 79
11 Hartford Whalers ADM 84 26 52 6 284 369 58
12 Ottawa Senators ADM 84 10 70 4 202 395 24

p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)
Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams


Schedule and results[edit]

1992–93 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

Patrick Division Semi-Finals[edit]

Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey

The Devils had been a struggling team prior to the 1992–93 season, and in the first round of the playoffs, they met the Presidents' Trophy winners from Pittsburgh. The Penguins entered the series on an 11-game playoff winning streak, which they extended to a record 14 games in this series.


Pittsburgh Penguins Win Series (4-1)


Patrick Division Finals[edit]

Pittsburgh vs. New York Islanders

The Isles' improbable upset of the Penguins was capped off by David Volek's series-winning goal at 5:16 of overtime in Game 7.


New York Islanders Win Series (4-3)


Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[9]
Player GP TOI W L T OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barasso, TomTom Barasso 63 3,701:46 43 14 5 0 186 3.01 1,885 0.901 4 0 8 24
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 25 1,367:43 13 7 2 0 78 3.42 692 0.887 0 0 1 6
Total 5,069:29 56 21 7 0 264 3.12 2,577 0.898 4 0 9 30
Playoffs[10]
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 12 721:41 7 5 1 35 2.91 370 0.905 0 0 3 4
Total 721:41 7 5 1 35 2.91 370 0.905 0 0 3 4

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Tom Barrasso NHL Second All-Star Team
Ron Francis Unsung Hero Award
Mario Lemieux Foodland Leading Point Scorer Award
Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee
Player's Player Award
Booster Club Award
Hart Memorial Trophy
Art Ross Memorial Trophy
Lester B. Pearson Award
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
NHL First All-Star Team
NHL Plus/Minus Award
ESPY Award for NHL Player of the Year
Shawn McEachern Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Michel Briere Memorial Rookie of the Year Award
Larry Murphy NHL Second All-Star Team
Jim Paek Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Kevin Stevens Baz Bastein Memorial "Good Guy" Award
NHL Second All-Star Team

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1992–93 season:[11]

Trades[edit]

November 6, 1992 To Los Angeles Kings:

Jeff Chychrun

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Peter Ahola

February 26, 1993 To San Jose Sharks:

Peter Ahola

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Future considerations

March 22, 1993 To Buffalo Sabres:

Bob Errey

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Mike Ramsey

March 22, 1993 To Tampa Bay Lightning:

1993 third round pick (#78–Steve Washburn)

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Peter Taglianetti

Free agents[edit]

Player Acquired from Lost to Date
Glenn Mulvenna Philadelphia Flyers July 11, 1992
Gordie Roberts Boston Bruins July 23, 1992
Dave Tippett Washington Capitals August 24, 1992
Phil Bourque New York Rangers August 30, 1992
Gord Dineen Ottawa Senators August 31, 1992

Waivers[edit]

Player Claimed from Lost to Date
Jamie Leach Hartford Whalers November 21, 1992

Signings[edit]

Player Date Contract terms
Tom Barrasso September 3, 1992 5-year contract
Joe Mullen September 27, 1992 Re-signed
Mike Stapleton September 30, 1992 Signed
Mario Lemieux October 5, 1992 Re-signed to a 7-year/$42 million contract
Justin Duberman November 2, 1992 Signed
Troy Loney May 25, 1993 Re-signed to a multi-year contract
Bryan Trottier June 22, 1993 Signed

Other[edit]

Name Date Details
Scotty Bowman May 28, 1993 Replaced as head coach
Jack Kelley June 15, 1993 Hired as president
Bryan Trottier June 22, 1993 Hired as assistant coach
Eddie Johnston June 22, 1993 Hired as head coach
Paul Laus June 24, 1993 Lost in expansion draft to Florida Panthers
Troy Loney June 24, 1993 Lost in expansion draft to Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

Personnel[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


Pittsburgh Penguins 1992–93 staff
Executive operations  

Hockey operations

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.[12]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 19 Martin Straka Center  Czech Republic Skoda Plzen (Czech)
2 43 Marc Hussey Defense  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
3 67 Travis Thiessen Defense  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
4 91 Todd Klassen Defense  Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
5 115 Philippe De Rouville Goaltender  Canada Verdun College-Francais (QMJHL)
6 139 Artem Kopot Defense  Russia Chelyabinsk Traktor (Russia)
7 163 Jan Alinc Left Wing  Czech Republic Litvinov Chemopetrol (Czech)
8 187 Fran Bussey Center  United States Duluth East High School (Minn)
9 211 Brian Bonin Center  United States White Bear Lake Area High School (Minn)
10 235 Brian Callahan Center  United States Belmont Hill High School (Mass)
Draft notes[13]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins' eleventh-round pick went to the St Louis Blues as the result of an October 2, 1990 trade that sent Gordie Roberts to the Penguins in exchange for this pick.

Farm teams[edit]

The Cleveland Lumberjacks relocated from Muskegon for the 1992-93 season. They finished second in the IHL's Atlantic Division which earned them a playoff spot. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual Turner Cup champion Fort Wayne Komets.

See also[edit]

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