1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 6th West
1970–71 record 21–37–20
Goals for 221
Goals against 240
Team information
General Manager Red Kelly
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Keith McCreary
Duane Rupp
Ken Schinkel
Bob Woytowich
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Average attendance 9,671
Team leaders
Goals Jean Pronovost (21)
Assists Bryan Hextall (32)
Points Bryan Hextall (48)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Hextall (133)
Wins Les Binkley (11)
Goals against average Les Binkley (2.85)

The 1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's fourth season in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]

GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 49 20 9 277 184 +93 107
2 St. Louis Blues 78 34 25 19 223 208 +15 87
3 Philadelphia Flyers 78 28 33 17 207 225 −18 73
4 Minnesota North Stars 78 28 34 16 191 223 −32 72
5 Los Angeles Kings 78 25 40 13 239 303 −64 63
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 21 37 20 221 240 −19 62
7 Bay Area Seals/California Golden Seals 78 20 53 5 199 320 −121 45


Schedule and results[edit]

1970–71 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins failed to make the playoffs, despite making it last year.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[3]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Les Binkley 34 11 11 10 89 2
Allan Smith 46 9 22 9 128 2
Cam Newton 5 1 3 1 16 0
Paul Hoganson 2 0 1 0 7 0
Total 21 37 20 240 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 Penguins only.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Ken Schinkel became the first player to record 100 assists with the Penguins. He did so in a 2–5 loss to California on March 17th.
  • Wally Boyer became the first player in franchise history to have a final plus-minus of at least +10.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1970–71 season:[4]

Trades[edit]

October 2, 1970 To Montreal Canadiens

cash

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Robin Burns

October 9, 1970 To Buffalo Sabres

Dave Dryden

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

January 24, 1971 To Buffalo Sabres

Terry Ball

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Jean-Guy Lagace

January 26, 1971 To New York Rangers

Glen Sather

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Syl Apps Jr.
Sheldon Kannegiesser

May 1, 1971 To Boston Bruins

cash

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bob Leiter

Other[edit]

Player Date Details
Roy Edwards June 7, 1971 Claimed off of waivers from Detroit Red Wings
Rod Zaine June 8, 1971 Lost in intra-league draft to Buffalo Sabres
Al Smith June 8, 1971 #2 overall pick in intra-league draft from Detroit Red Wings
Jim Rutherford June 8, 1971 #3 overall pick in intra-league draft from Detroit Red Wings
Dave Burrows June 8, 1971 #5 overall pick in intra-league draft from Chicago Blackhawks
Rene Robert June 8, 1971 #22 overall pick in intra-league draft from Buffalo Sabres
Tim Horton June 8, 1971 Claimed in intra-league draft from New York Rangers

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26 Canada Syl Apps Jr. C R 23 1964 Toronto, Ontario
9 Canada Andy Bathgate RW R 38 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
30 Canada Les Binkley G R 36 Undrafted Owen Sound, Ontario
4 Canada Bob Blackburn D L 33 Undrafted Rouyn, Quebec
18 Canada Wally Boyer C L 33 Undrafted Cowan, Manitoba
10 Canada Robin Burns LW L 24 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
15 Canada Steve Cardwell LW L 20 1970 Toronto, Ontario
8 Canada Val Fonteyne LW L 37 Undrafted Wetaskiwin, Alberta
11 Poland Nick Harbaruk RW R 27 Undrafted Drohiczyn, Poland
7 Canada Bryan Hextall Jr. C L 29 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
1 Canada Paul Hoganson G R 21 1969 Toronto, Ontario
16 Canada Sheldon Kannegiesser D L 23 Undrafted North Bay, Ontario
23 Canada Rick Kessell C L 21 1969 Toronto, Ontario
15 Canada Yvon Labre D L 21 1969 Sudbury, Ontario
14 Canada Lowell MacDonald LW R 29 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
6 Canada Dunc McCallum D R 31 Undrafted Flin Flon, Manitoba
10 Canada Keith McCreary (A) RW L 30 Undrafted Sundridge, Ontario
27 Canada Jim Morrison D L 39 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
1 Canada Cam Newton G L 21 1970 Peterborough, Ontario
22 Canada Greg Polis RW L 20 1970 Westlock, Alberta
20 Canada Dean Prentice LW L 38 Undrafted Schumacher, Ontario
19 Canada Jean Pronovost RW R 25 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
2 Canada Duane Rupp (A) D L 33 Undrafted MacNutt, Saskatchewan
12 Canada Ken Schinkel (A) RW R 38 Undrafted Jansen, Saskatchewan
17 Canada Ron Schock C L 27 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
29 Canada Allan Smith G L 25 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
23 Canada John Stewart LW L 21 1970 Eriksdale, Manitoba
5 Canada Bryan Watson D R 28 Undrafted Bancroft, Ontario
3 Canada Bob Woytowich (A) D R 29 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
24 Canada Rod Zaine C L 25 Undrafted Ottawa, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1970 NHL Entry Draft.[5]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 7 Greg Polis Left Wing  Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
2 21 John Stewart Left Wing  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
3 35 Larry Bignell Defenceman  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
4 49 Connie Forey Left Wing  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)
5 63 Steve Cardwell Left Wing  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
6 77 Bob Fitchner Center  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)
7 90 Jim Pearson Defenceman  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
8 102 Cam Newton Goaltender  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
9 110 Ron Lemieux Defenceman  Canada Dauphin Kings (MJHL)

References[edit]

  • "1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  • Player stats on Hockey Database
  • Game log on NHL Database