Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season
Wilkes-Barre - Scranton Penguins.svg
City Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East Division
Founded 1999
Home arena Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Colors

Black, Las Vegas Gold, Red, White

                   
Owner(s) United States Ron Burkle
Canada Mario Lemieux
General manager United States Ray Shero
Head coach United States John Hynes
Media Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Scranton Times-Tribune
102.3 The Mountain WDMT-FM
Affiliates Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1981–1988 Fredericton Express
1988–1993 Halifax Citadels
1993–1996 Cornwall Aces
1999–present Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2010–11)
Division Championships 3 (2005–06, 2007–08, 2010–11)
Conference Championships 3 (2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. They play in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They were the 2011 winners of the East Division and the Eastern Conference (in terms of regular season titles), winning their first Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy.

History[edit]

Logo used on alternate uniforms during team's 15th season in AHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins' top minor league affiliate throughout the 1990s was the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL (in sharp contrast to the rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL). However, in the mid-1990s, the IHL began moving away from being a developmental league and more towards being a top independent minor league. For this reason, the Penguins wanted their top minor league affiliate in the AHL. The Penguins purchased the dormant Cornwall Aces AHL franchise from the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, but left the team inactive until the 1999–2000 season when it was placed in Wilkes-Barre. The team is affectionately referred to as "The Baby Penguins" by fans. The WBS Pens have gone to the Calder Cup Final three times in their twelve-year existence, most recently in 2008 by way of beating the Portland Pirates in a seven-game series in the Eastern Conference finals; the Penguins took game seven by a score of 3-2 after being down in the series three games to two. They went on to play the Chicago Wolves in the final, but lost the series 4-2.

Their mascot is Tux the penguin, who wears number #99 in reference to the team's first season in 1999. The team celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008–09 with the catch phrase of "Making Memories". The team qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2009 for the seventh year in a row and attempted to make the Calder Cup Final for the third time in six years to try and win the franchise's first Cup. The Pens fourth drive to the Calder Cup Final came to end against the Hershey Bears in the conference semifinals. The series went to seven games with Hershey taking the final two at home by identical scores of 3-0 after the Pens won three in a row in Wilkes-Barre.

The prelude to the 2009–10 season was the inaugural Penguins Black and Gold Game held on September 17, an intra-squad game which featured members of the Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and was the first ever head-to-head meeting between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The game was a complete sellout, where tickets never reached the general public. The Penguins organization will hold its second Black and Gold Game prior to the 2010–11 season. The Penguins BLACK AND GOLD GAME II, featuring members of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, took place at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Monday, September 19, 2011. [1]

They began their 11th season of play on October 3, 2009. Their slogan for this season was "Where Champions are Born", a reference to their parent Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup. In 2009, they also spawned an affiliated junior team, the Wilkes-Barre Junior Pens. The team is based out of the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park, which will also serve as a practice facility for the Penguins.[1]

The Penguins qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs for an eighth consecutive year in 2009–10, but bowed out early, swept in 4 games by the Albany River Rats. It was the first time in club history that the team was swept in the first round of the playoffs. It was only the third time that the team got swept in a playoff series, first in 2004 against the Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup Final and in 2006 against the Hershey Bears in the conference semifinals. The team is 15-10 in 25 playoff series all time in 12 seasons. They are also 69-66 in 135 playoff games in 12 seasons and 20-14 in Calder Cup playoff OT games.

They began their 12th season of AHL play at home on October 9, 2010 with a shootout win against their biggest rivals, the Hershey Bears. On November 5, 2010, the Pens matched the 2005–2006 team with 9 wins to start a season with a win against the Rochester Americans. The streak came to an end the following night at home with a 4-3 loss to the Syracuse Crunch.

At the start of the day of the All-Star Game, January 31, 2011, the Penguins had the most points in the AHL with 72, which have all come from wins (36-12-0-0). They also registered the most points in the American Hockey League. They had the 2nd best Goals Scored/Goals Against rating of +46 (163-117), only behind their rival the Hershey Bears, who, at the time, had a +51 rating (158-107). The Penguins remained the only AHL team unbeaten in overtime and shootouts until March 12, 2011, with a shootout loss against the Abbotsford Heat on the road. Their record after that was 46-18-0-1.

The club qualified for its ninth consecutive playoff berth on March 19, 2011 in a sold-out home game against the Worcester Sharks by a score of 5-3. The Penguins won their third straight game and improved their league-leading record to 49-18-0-1 at the time.

On Saturday April 2, 2011, the Penguins captured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy, which is awarded annually to the AHL team that acquires the most points in the regular season, thus ensuring home-ice advantage throughout the 2010–11 playoffs. They accomplished this by beating the Rochester Americans in overtime by a score of 4-3. Geoff Walker scored the game-winning goal 3:11 into the extra frame. The win mathematically ensured that no team could finish ahead of them in points. On April 4, 2011, goaltender Brad Thiessen was named the recipient of the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award, an annual award given to the AHL's outstanding goaltender for each season, as voted by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league's 30 cities. He posted a record of 34-7-1 in 44 appearances to date, along with a 1.93 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.

The club lost in the second round of the 2011 AHL playoffs to the Charlotte Checkers by a series score of 2-4. The last game of the series, played on May 7, was particularly bad for Pens fans, considering that the team was up 3-0 in the third period at home and allowed the Checkers to score 4 unanswered goals to end their season and Calder Cup hopes.

The Penguins' biggest rivals had been the Philadelphia Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of Pennsylvania's other NHL team, the Philadelphia Flyers. After that team moved to Glens Falls, New York, the Hershey Bears, also located in Pennsylvania, became the major rivals of the Penguins (they are currently the AHL affiliate of another developing rival of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals). The Adirondack Phantoms will temporarily remain in Glens Falls until 2013, after which the Flyers' AHL affiliate will move to a new arena under construction in Allentown, Pennsylvania, returning the team to Pennsylvania after a four-year absence.

The Pens qualified for the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season, this is currently the longest streak in the AHL.

The Pens finished their 13th season with a record of 44-25-2-5, good for 95 points and a second place finish in the AHL East Division behind only the eventual Calder Cup champions, the Norfolk Admirals, who finished with 113 points. The Pens dispatched their longtime rivals, the Hershey Bears, in five games in the opening round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs before falling to the St. John's IceCaps in seven games in the second round.

The Pens opened their 14th season with four straight losses, but have since won 13 of their previous 16 games to hold a record of 13-7-0-0 on December 2, 2012, good for 26 points and third place in the AHL's East Division behind the division leader Syracuse Crunch (28 points in 20 games) and the Binghamton Senators, who also have 26 points but who have only played in 18 games.

They qualified for the playoffs yet again in 2013, for the eleventh consecutive season, the longest streak in the AHL. They got past the second round for the first time since 2008, but fell in the third round against the Syracuse Crunch.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 18, 2014.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
13 United States Bennett, BeauBeau Bennett LW R 22 2012 Gardena, California Pittsburgh
16 United States Carman, MikeMike Carman C L 26 2013 Apple Valley, Minnesota W-B/Scranton
21 Canada D'Agostino, NickNick D'Agostino D L 23 2013 Mississauga, Ontario Pittsburgh
38 Canada Deslauriers, JeffJeff Deslauriers G R 29 2013 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec W-B/Scranton
10 Canada Drazenovic, NickNick Drazenovic C L 27 2013 Prince George, British Columbia Pittsburgh
8 United States Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin D L 22 2012 Biddeford, Maine Pittsburgh
25 Canada Ebbett, AndrewAndrew Ebbett (A) C L 31 2013 Vernon, British Columbia Pittsburgh
24 United States Farnham, BobbyBobby Farnham LW L 25 2012 North Andover, Massachusetts W-B/Scranton
6 Canada Harrington, ScottScott Harrington D L 21 2013 Kingston, Ontario Pittsburgh
31 United States Hartzell, EricEric Hartzell G L 24 2013 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Pittsburgh
29 Canada Kostopoulos, TomTom Kostopoulos (C) RW R 35 2013 Mississauga, Ontario W-B/Scranton
14 Germany Kühnhackl, TomTom Kühnhackl RW L 22 2012 Landshut, Germany Pittsburgh
34 Canada Létourneau-Leblond, Pierre-LucPierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond RW L 28 2013 Lévis, Quebec Pittsburgh
44 Canada Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson C R 25 2012 Fergus, Ontario W-B/Scranton
39 United States Mannino, PeterPeter Mannino G L 30 2013 Farmington Hills, Michigan W-B/Scranton
41 Canada Marcantuoni, MatiaMatia Marcantuoni RW L 20 2013 Woodbridge, Ontario W-B/Scranton
3 Canada McNeill, ReidReid McNeill D L 21 2013 London, Ontario Pittsburgh
19 United States Megna, JaysonJayson Megna C R 24 2012 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Pittsburgh
4 Canada Mikkelson, BrendanBrendan Mikkelson (A) D L 26 2013 Regina, Saskatchewan Pittsburgh
28 Canada Payerl, AdamAdam Payerl C L 23 2012 Kitchener, Ontario Pittsburgh
20 Canada Rowney, CarterCarter Rowney RW R 24 2013 Grande Prairie, Alberta W-B/Scranton
22 Canada Ruopp, HarrisonHarrison Ruopp D L 21 2013 Zehner, Saskatchewan W-B/Scranton
5 Sweden Samuelsson, PhilipPhilip Samuelsson D L 22 2011 Leksand, Sweden Pittsburgh
11 Canada Sill, ZachZach Sill C L 25 2009 Truro, Nova Scotia Pittsburgh
17 United States Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson RW R 25 2011 Methuen, Massachusetts Pittsburgh
15 Canada Torquato, ZackZack Torquato (On Loan) C R 24 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Wheeling
26 Czech Republic Uher, DominikDominik Uher C L 21 2012 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia Pittsburgh
18 Russia Zlobin, AntonAnton Zlobin LW L 21 2013 Moscow, Russia W-B/Scranton
7 Canada Zolnierczyk, HarryHarry Zolnierczyk LW L 26 2013 Toronto, Ontario Pittsburgh


Team Captains[edit]

Notable Penguins[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Chris Minard, 34 (2008–09)
Assists: Jeff Taffe and Janne Pesonen, 50 (2008–09)
Points: Janne Pesonen, 82 (2008–09)
Penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 431 (2005–06)
Goaltending wins: Brad Thiessen, 35 (2010–11)
GAA: Brad Thiessen 1.94 (2010–11)
SV%: Rich Parent (2000–01), Dany Sabourin (2005–06) and Brad Thiessen (2010–11), .922

Career[edit]

Career goals: Tom Kostopoulos, 121
Career assists: Tom Kostopoulos, 176
Career points: Tom Kostopoulos, 297
Career penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 1081
Career goaltending wins: John Curry, 103
Career shutouts: Brad Thiessen, 17
Career games: Tom Kostopoulos, 400

AHL records[edit]

As of the 2009–10 AHL Season. Data from the AHL Hall of Fame Website. [2]

Team[edit]

Most Road Wins, 80-Game Season: 28 (2010–2011) (tied)
Longest Road Winning Streak (one season): 13 games (October 9–December 3, 2005) (tied)
Longest Road Winning Streak (overall): 15 games (April 10–December 3, 2005)

Player[edit]

Most points by a defenseman, career: John Slaney, 486 (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Philadelphia)
Most goals by a defenseman, career: John Slaney, 157 (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Philadelphia)
Most goals by a defenseman, season: John Slaney, 30 (1999–2000)
Most PIM, career: Dennis Bonvie, 4,104 (Cape Breton, Hamilton, Portland, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Providence, Binghamton, Hershey)
Most PIM, game: Steve Parsons, 64 (March 17, 2002 vs. Syracuse)

AHL awards and trophies[edit]

[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilkes-Barre Jr. Penguins Youth Ice Hockey Club". Retrieved 28 Dec 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Roster". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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