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
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 42 2193:00 10 22 3 170 4.65 1362 0.875 1
Romano, RobertoRoberto Romano 31 1629:00 9 17 2 120 4.42 974 0.877 1
Dion, MichelMichel Dion 10 553:00 3 6 0 43 4.67 316 0.864 0
Ford, BrianBrian 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]

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 Babych, WayneWayne Babych RW R 26 1978 Edmonton, Alberta
24 Canada Belanger Jr., RogerRoger Belanger Jr. C R 19 1984 St. Catharines, Ontario
33 Canada Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D L 18 1984 Chemainus, British Columbia
23 United States Brickley, AndyAndy Brickley LW L 23 1980 Melrose, Massachusetts
22 Canada Bullard, MichaelMichael Bullard C L 24 1980 Ottawa, Ontario
7 Canada Buskas, RodRod Buskas D R 24 1981 Wetaskiwin, Alberta
9 Canada Chabot, JohnJohn Chabot C L 23 1980 Summerside, Price Edward Island
27 Canada Charlesworth, ToddTodd Charlesworth D R 20 1983 Calgary, Alberta
28 Canada Crowder, BruceBruce Crowder RW R 28 1977 Essex, Ontario
29 Canada Dion, MichelMichel Dion G R 31 Undrafted Granby, Quebec
10 Canada Errey, BobBob Errey LW L 20 1983 Montreal, Quebec
31 Canada Ford, BrianBrian Ford G R 23 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
2 Canada Fox, GregoryGregory Fox D R 31 1973 Port McNeill, British Columbia
28 Canada Gatzos, SteveSteve Gatzos RW R 23 1981 Toronto, Ontario
28 Canada Geale, RobertRobert Geale C R 23 1980 Edmonton, Alberta
13 Canada Hamilton, JamesJames Hamilton RW L 28 1977 Barrie, Ontario
32 Canada Hannan, DavidDavid Hannan C L 23 1981 Sudbury, Ontario
1 Canada Herron, DenisDenis Herron G L 32 1972 Chambly, Quebec
34 Canada Hillier, RandyRandy Hillier D L 25 1980 Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Hotham, GregoryGregory Hotham D R 29 1976 London, Ontario
19 Finland Javanainen, ArtoArto Javanainen RW R 26 1984 Pori, Finland
17 Canada Kehoe, RickRick Kehoe RW R 33 1971 Windsor, Ontario
12 Canada Lamoureux, MitchMitch Lamoureux C R 22 1981 Ottawa, Ontario
8 Finland Lehto, PetteriPetteri Lehto D R 24 Undrafted Turku, Finland
66 Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C R 19 1984 Montreal, Quebec
11 Canada Loney, TroyTroy Loney LW L 21 1982 Bow Island, Alberta
20 United States Mantha, MauriceMaurice Mantha D R 24 1980 Lakewood, Ohio
5 Canada Maxwell, BryanBryan Maxwell D R 29 1975 North Bay, Ontario
25 Canada McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy D R 27 1977 Winnipeg, Manitoba
2 Canada McDonnell, JoeJoe McDonnell D R 24 Undrafted Kitchener, Ontario
16 Canada McGeough, JamesJames McGeough C R 22 1981 Regina, Saskatchewan
4 Canada McSorley, MartyMarty McSorley D R 22 Undrafted Cayuga, Ontario
8 United States O'Regan, ThomasThomas O'Regan C R 23 Undrafted Cambridge, Massachusetts
15 Canada Rissling, GaryGary Rissling LW R 28 Undrafted Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Canada Romano, RobertoRoberto Romano G R 22 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
5 Canada Rowe, MikeMike Rowe D R 20 1983 Kingston, Ontario
14 Canada Shedden, DouglasDouglas Shedden C R 24 1980 Wallaceburg, Ontario
23 Canada Weir, EdwardEdward Weir RW R 30 Undrafted Verdun, Quebec
35 Canada Young, WarrenWarren 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 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 Moorhead H.S. (Minn.)
12 230 Mark Ziliotto Left Wing 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. 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.