1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 4th West
1971–72 record 26–38–14
Goals for 220
Goals against 250
Team information
General Manager Red Kelly (Oct–Jan)
Jack Riley (Jan–Apr)
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Keith McCreary
Ken Schinkel
Bryan Watson
Bob Woytowich (Oct-Jan)
Team leaders
Goals Greg Polis, Jean Pronovost (30)
Assists Syl Apps (44)
Points Syl Apps (59)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (212)
Wins Jim Rutherford (17)
Goals against average Roy Edwards (2.55)

The 1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's fifth season in the National Hockey League. The team made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]

GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 +90 107
2 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 +21 86
3 St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 −39 67
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 −38 66
5 Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 −36 66
6 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 −72 60
7 Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 −99 49


Schedule and results[edit]

1971–72 Game log[2]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

1972 Playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP W L T GA SO
James Rutherford 40 17 15 5 116 1
Les Binkley 31 7 15 5 98 0
Roy Edwards 15 2 8 4 36 0
Total 26 38 14 250 1
Playoffs[6]
Player GP W L T GA SO
James Rutherford 4 0 4 0 14 0
Total 0 4 0 14 0

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]

  • Val Fonteyne became the first player to play 300 games for the Penguins. He did so in a 1–5 loss to Minnesota on November 16th.
  • Ken Schinkel became the first player to score 200 points for the Penguins. He did so by recording an assist in a 2–4 loss to Chicago on January 29th.
  • Bryan Watson became the first player to earn 500 penalty minutes for the Penguins. He did so by receiving 4 PIMs in a 4–2 win over Toronto on February 16th.
  • Bryan Watson became the first player to earn 200 penalty minutes in one season for the Penguins. He did so by receiving 2 PIMs in a 7–4 win over Vancouver on March 14th.
  • Jean Pronovost became the first player to score 30 goals in a season for the Penguins. He did so in a 5–4 win over California on March 29th.
  • Syl Apps Jr. established a new franchise record for highest plus-minus in a season (+18). He broke the previous high of +10 set by Wally Boyer in 1971.
  • Val Fonteyne established a career franchise record for games (349). He had led the category since 1969.
  • Bob Woytowich set the Penguins career defenseman scoring mark at 93 points. He held the record since 1970.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 1971–72 season:[7]

Trades[edit]

September 4, 1971 To California Golden Seals

cash

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bill Hicke

October 3, 1971 To Vancouver Canucks

Bob Blackburn

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

October 6, 1971 To Minnesota North Stars

Dean Prentice

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

November 22, 1971 To Detroit Red Wings

Bill Hicke

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

January 11, 1972 To Los Angeles Kings

Bob Woytowich

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Al McDonough

March 4, 1972 To Buffalo Sabres

Rene Robert

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Eddie Shack

Player signings[edit]

Player Date Contract terms
Bob Woytowich September 2, 1971 Re-signed
Tim Horton September 2, 1971 Re-signed
Wally Boyer September 2, 1971 Re-signed
Jean Pronovost September 3, 1971 Signed
Dave Burrows September 8, 1971 Re-signed
Rene Robert September 8, 1971 Re-signed
Roy Edwards September 8, 1971 Re-signed
Cam Newton May 25, 1972 1-year contract
Jim Rutherford June 1, 1972 Re-signed
Bryan Hextall Jr. June 7, 1972 Re-signed

Other[edit]

Player Date Details
Andy Bathgate July 1, 1971 Retired
Roy Edwards December 30, 1971 Retired
Red Kelly January 29, 1972 Resigned as GM (remained as head coach)
Jack Riley January 29, 1972 Hired as GM (in addition to president)
Tim Horton June 5, 1972 Lost to Buffalo Sabres in intra-league draft
Bobby Leiter June 6, 1972 Lost to Atlanta Flames in expansion draft
John Stewart June 6, 1972 Lost to Atlanta Flames in expansion draft
Keith McCreary June 6, 1972 Lost to Atlanta Flames in expansion draft

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26 Canada Syl Apps Jr. C R 24 1964 Toronto, Ontario
30 Canada Les Binkley G R 37 Undrafted Owen Sound, Ontario
18 Canada Wally Boyer C L 34 Undrafted Cowan, Manitoba
25 Canada Robin Burns LW L 25 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
4 Canada David Burrows D L 23 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
20 Canada Steve Cardwell LW L 21 1970 Toronto, Ontario
25 Canada Darryl Edestrand D L 26 Undrafted Strathroy, Ontario
1 Canada Roy Edwards G R 35 Undrafted Seneca Township, Ontario
8 Canada Val Fonteyne LW L 38 Undrafted Wetaskiwin, Alberta
11 Poland Nick Harbaruk RW R 28 Undrafted Drohiczyn, Poland
7 Canada Bryan Hextall Jr. C L 30 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
9 Canada Bill Hicke RW L 34 Undrafted Regina, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Tim Horton D R 42 Undrafted Cochrane, Ontario
166 Canada Sheldon Kannegiesser D L 24 Undrafted North Bay, Ontario
15 Canada Rick Kessell C L 22 1969 Toronto, Ontario
23 Canada Bobby Leiter C L 31 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 Canada Keith McCreary (A) RW L 31 Undrafted Sundridge, Ontario
9 Canada Al McDonough RW R 21 1970 Hamilton, Ontario
15 Canada Brian McKenzie LW L 21 1971 St. Catharines, Ontario
27 United States Joe Noris C R 20 1971 Denver, Colorado
22 Canada Greg Polis RW L 21 1970 Westlock, Alberta
19 Canada Jean Pronovost RW R 26 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
2 Canada Duane Rupp D L 34 Undrafted MacNutt, Saskatchewan
29 Canada James Rutherford G L 23 1969 Beeton, Ontario
12 Canada Ken Schinkel (A) RW R 39 Undrafted Jansen, Saskatchewan
17 Canada Ron Schock C L 28 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
24 Canada Eddie Shack LW L 35 Undrafted Sudbury, Ontario
20 Canada John Stewart LW L 21 1970 Eriksdale, Manitoba
5 Canada Bryan Watson (A) D R 29 Undrafted Bancroft, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1971 NHL Entry Draft.[8]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 18 Brian McKenzie Left Wing  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
3 32 Joe Noris Center  United States Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
4 46 Gerry Methe Defense  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
5 60 Dave Murphy Goaltender  Canada University of North Dakota (NCAA)
6 74 Ian Williams Right Wing  Canada Notre Dame (NCAA)
7 88 Doug Elliott Defense  Canada Harvard University (NCAA)
Draft notes[9]

References[edit]