1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 11th Wales
1984–85 record 24–51–5
Goals for 276
Goals against 385
Team information
General Manager Eddie Johnston
Coach Bob Berry
Captain Mike Bullard
Alternate captains None
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Average attendance 10,018
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (43)
Assists Mario Lemieux (57)
Points Mario Lemieux (100)
Penalties in minutes Gary Rissling (209)
Wins Denis Herron (10)
Goals against average Roberto Romano (4.42)

The 1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 18th in the National Hockey League. It marked the debut of Mario Lemieux for the Penguins. Lemieux debuted on October 11, 1984, against the Boston Bruins and scored a goal with his very first NHL shot, on his first shift.[1] Later that season, Lemieux played in the NHL All-Star Game and became the first rookie to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. Despite missing seven games during the season, Lemieux scored 100 points and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year.

Offseason[edit]

Before the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Lemieux announced he wanted to play for whoever drafted him.[2] He and his agent were deadlocked with the Penguins and could not negotiate a contract. Because of this, when the Penguins called his name as the first overall draft pick, he did not shake general manager Eddie Johnston's hand or don the Penguins jersey, as is NHL tradition. He claimed he was upset about the contract negotiation, and said that "Pittsburgh doesn't want [him] bad enough."[3] Even though the draft was held in Montreal, over 3,000 fans viewed a broadcast in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena — a typical Penguins game drew less than 7,000 fans at the time.[4] Lemieux's actions upset many fans and led to accusations of arrogance and aloofness.[5] After the draft, Johnston signed Lemieux to a two-year contract for $600,000, plus a $150,000 bonus for signing.[3] Although Lemieux wore the jersey #27 during his time with the Laval Voisins, he wanted to adopt Wayne Gretzky's #99 when he entered the NHL. However, his agent advised him to create his own identity; thus, Lemieux turned #99 upside down and landed on #66, which stuck with him throughout his career.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 20 7 348 241 113
Washington Capitals 80 46 25 9 322 240 101
New York Islanders 80 40 34 6 345 312 86
New York Rangers 80 26 44 10 295 345 62
New Jersey Devils 80 22 48 10 264 346 54
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 24 51 5 276 385 53

[6]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.

Schedule and results[edit]

1984–85 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive year, and finished in last again as well.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[8]
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Denis Herron 42 2193:00 10 22 3 170 4.65 1362 0.875 1
Roberto Romano 31 1629:00 9 17 2 120 4.42 974 0.877 1
Michel Dion 10 553:00 3 6 0 43 4.67 316 0.864 0
Brian Ford 8 457:00 2 6 0 48 6.30 292 0.836 0
Total 4832:00 24 51 5 381 4.73 2944 0.871 2

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]

  • Mario Lemieux established a new franchise rookie record for goals (43), assists (57) and points (100). He topped the previous highs held by Pierre Larouche (37 assists, 68 points) and Mike Bullard (36 goals).
  • Rick Kehoe established a career franchise record for points (636). He had led the category since 1984.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1984–85 season:

Trades[edit]

October 15, 1984 To Boston Bruins

1985 4th round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Randy Hillier

November 9, 1984 To Montreal Canadiens

Ron Flockhart

To Pittsburgh Penguins

John Chabot

November 16, 1984 To Hartford Whalers

Pat Boutette

To Pittsburgh Penguins

rights to Ville Siren

December 6, 1984 To Quebec Nordiques

Tom Thornbury

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Ford

March 12, 1985 To Washington Capitals

Mark Taylor

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Jim McGeough

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Petteri Lehto TPS Turku (SM-liiga) free agency (1984-07)
Wayne Babych St. Louis Blues Waiver Draft (1984-10-09)
Bruce Crowder Boston Bruins Waiver Draft (1984-10-09)
Joe McDonnell Edmonton Oilers free agency (1984-12-30)
Wally Weir Hartford Whalers waivers (1985-03-01)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Paul Gardner Washington Capitals free agency (1984-07-17)
Darren Lowe WEV Wien (Austria) free agency
Vincent Tremblay Buffalo Sabres free agency (1985-03-07)
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Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26 Canada Wayne Babych RW R 26 1978 Edmonton, Alberta
24 Canada Roger Belanger Jr. C R 19 1984 St. Catharines, Ontario
33 Canada Doug Bodger D L 18 1984 Chemainus, British Columbia
23 United States Andy Brickley LW L 23 1980 Melrose, Massachusetts
22 Canada Michael Bullard (C) C L 24 1980 Ottawa, Ontario
7 Canada Rod Buskas D R 24 1981 Wetaskiwin, Alberta
9 Canada John Chabot C L 23 1980 Summerside, Price Edward Island
27 Canada Todd Charlesworth D R 20 1983 Calgary, Alberta
28 Canada Bruce Crowder RW R 28 1977 Essex, Ontario
29 Canada Michel Dion G R 31 Undrafted Granby, Quebec
10 Canada Bob Errey LW L 20 1983 Montreal, Quebec
31 Canada Brian Ford G R 23 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
2 Canada Gregory Fox D R 31 1973 Port McNeill, British Columbia
28 Canada Steve Gatzos RW R 23 1981 Toronto, Ontario
28 Canada Robert Geale C R 23 1980 Edmonton, Alberta
13 Canada James Hamilton RW L 28 1977 Barrie, Ontario
32 Canada David Hannan C L 23 1981 Sudbury, Ontario
1 Canada Denis Herron G L 32 1972 Chambly, Quebec
34 Canada Randy Hillier D L 25 1980 Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Gregory Hotham D R 29 1976 London, Ontario
19 Finland Arto Javanainen RW R 26 1984 Pori, Finland
17 Canada Rick Kehoe RW R 33 1971 Windsor, Ontario
12 Canada Mitch Lamoureux C R 22 1981 Ottawa, Ontario
8 Finland Petteri Lehto D R 24 Undrafted Turku, Finland
66 Canada Mario Lemieux C R 19 1984 Montreal, Quebec
11 Canada Troy Loney LW L 21 1982 Bow Island, Alberta
20 United States Maurice Mantha D R 24 1980 Lakewood, Ohio
5 Canada Bryan Maxwell D R 29 1975 North Bay, Ontario
25 Canada Kevin McCarthy D R 27 1977 Winnipeg, Manitoba
2 Canada Joe McDonnell D R 24 Undrafted Kitchener, Ontario
16 Canada James McGeough C R 22 1981 Regina, Saskatchewan
4 Canada Marty McSorley D R 22 Undrafted Cayuga, Ontario
8 United States Thomas O'Regan C R 23 Undrafted Cambridge, Massachusetts
15 Canada Gary Rissling LW R 28 Undrafted Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Canada Roberto Romano G R 22 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
5 Canada Mike Rowe D R 20 1983 Kingston, Ontario
14 Canada Douglas Shedden C R 24 1980 Wallaceburg, Ontario
23 Canada Edward Weir RW R 30 Undrafted Verdun, Quebec
35 Canada Warren Young C R 29 1976 Toronto, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

The 1984 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 9, 1984, in Montreal, Quebec.[9]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Mario Lemieux Center  Canada Laval Voisins (QMJHL)
1 9 Doug Bodger Defense  Canada Kamloops Junior Oilers (WHL)
1 16 Roger Belanger Jr. Center  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL)
4 64 Mark Teevens Right Wing  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
5 85 Arto Javanainen Right Wing  Finland Assat Pori (FNL)
7 127 Tom Ryan Defense  United States Newton North H.S. (Massachusetts)
9 169 John Del Col Left Wing  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
10 189 Steve Hurt Right Wing  United States Hill-Murray H.S. (Minn.)
11 210 Jim Steen Center  United States Moorhead H.S. (Minn.)
12 230 Mark Ziliotto Left Wing  Canada Streetsville Jr. B (OHA)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario Lemieux Retires". TSN. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
  2. ^ Christopher, Matt (2002-12-01) [2002]. On the Ice With... Mario Lemieux. Little, Brown and Company. p. 3. ISBN 0-316-13799-5. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
  3. ^ a b Christopher, 23.
  4. ^ Christopher, 21.
  5. ^ Deacon, James (1996-04-08). "Lemieux, Mario (profile)". Maclean's Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  6. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
  7. ^ "1984–1985 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  8. ^ "1984–1985 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  9. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL.