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1967-68

1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins

1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 5th West
1967–68 record 27–34–13
Home record 15–12–10
Road record 12–22–3
Goals for 195
Goals against 216
General Manager Jack Riley
Coach Red Sullivan
Captain Ab McDonald
Alternate captains Leo Boivin
Earl Ingarfield
Al MacNeil
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Average attendance 7,407
Team leaders
Goals Ab McDonald (22)
Assists Andy Bathgate (39)
Points Andy Bathgate (59)
Penalties in minutes Leo Boivin (74)
Wins Les Binkley (20)
Goals against average Hank Bassen (2.86)

The 1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their first in the NHL. Pittsburgh was one of six cities awarded an expansion team during the 1967 NHL expansion.

After deciding on the "Penguin" nickname (which was inspired by the fact that the team was going to play in an "Igloo", the nickname of the Pittsburgh Civic Center)[1], a logo was chosen, that had a penguin in front of a triangle, which is thought to be in tribute to Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle."[2]

OffseasonEdit

On February 8, 1966 the NHL awarded a franchise to the Hockey Club of Pittsburgh, Incorporated: a partnership of several investors headed by Pennsylvania State Senator Jack McGregor and his friend and business associate Peter Block. McGregor became the public face of the ownership, as President and Chief Executive Officer, and representing the club at Board of Governors meetings.

Later that year McGregor and Block began assembling their new hockey team. American Hockey League executive Jack Riley was named the club's general manager, and began immediately acquiring the services of players. He signed minor-leaguers Les Binkley, Ted Lanyon, Dick Mattiussi and Bill Speer to contracts before the club had ever taken to the ice.

The name of the new team was chosen by a contest in a local newspaper: on February 10, 1967 the new team became known as the Penguins.

67Feb10PittPensNameContest

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 10, 1967.

In the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft Riley chose experienced players, particularly former New York Rangers players. Coincidentally Penguins head coach Red Sullivan was a former Ranger player and head coach. Earl Ingarfield, Ken Schinkel, Val Fonteyne, Mel Pearson, Al MacNeil, Noel Price, Billy Dea and Art Stratton had each spent time in their careers with the Rangers, but the Penguins' most prized acquisition was former Rangers star Andy Bathgate. Bathgate, then 34 years old, was near the end of his career and deemed expendable by the Red Wings, who had previously acquired his rights.

The rest of the roster was filled with minor-leaguers, particularly members of the Pittsburgh Hornets, the American Hockey League club which had served the Pittsburgh market since the late 1930s.

Regular seasonEdit

The Penguins' first general manager was Jack Riley. His team (along with the other expansion teams) was hampered by restrictive rules that kept most major talent with the "Original Six." Beyond aging sniper Andy Bathgate and tough defenceman Leo Boivin, the first Penguins team was manned by a cast of former minor-leaguers. The club missed the playoffs, but were a mere six points out of 1st place in the close-fought West Division.

  • October 11, 1967 – Andy Bathgate of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a goal in a 2–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first goal ever scored by a player for an expansion team.

Final standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 74 31 32 11 173 179 73
Los Angeles Kings 74 31 33 10 200 224 72
St. Louis Blues 74 27 31 16 177 191 70
Minnesota North Stars 74 27 32 15 191 226 69
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 27 34 13 195 216 67
Oakland Seals 74 15 42 17 153 219 47

Game logEdit

      Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

1967–68 Game log

PlayoffsEdit

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Wayne Hicks 15 4 7 11 2
Paul Andrea 65 11 21 32 2
Ken Schinkel 57 14 25 39 19
George Konik 52 7 8 15 26
Keith McCreary 70 14 12 26 44
Gene Ubriaco 65 18 15 33 16
Val Fonteyne 69 6 28 34 0
Ab McDonald 74 22 21 43 38
Mel Pearson 2 0 1 1 0
Bobby Rivard 27 5 12 17 4
Bob Dillabough 47 7 12 19 18
Billy Dea 73 16 12 28 6
Earl Ingarfield 50 15 22 37 12
Art Stratton 58 16 21 37 16
Andy Bathgate 74 20 39 59 55

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Ted Lanyon 5 0 0 0 4
Dunc McCallum 32 0 2 2 36
Dick Mattiussi 32 0 2 2 18
Al MacNeil 74 2 10 12 58
Bill Speer 68 3 13 16 44
Leo Boivin 73 9 13 22 74
Noel Price 70 6 27 33 48

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Hank Bassen 25 1299 7 10 3 1 2.86
Les Binkley 54 3141 20 24 10 6 2.88

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1967–68 season:

TradesEdit

June 6, 1967 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Paul Andrea
George Konik
Dunc McCallum
Frank Francis
To New York Rangers
Larry Jeffrey
September 7, 1967 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Hank Bassen
To Detroit Red Wings
Roy Edwards
October, 1967 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gene Ubriaco
To Hershey Bears (AHL)
Jeannot Gilbert
February 27, 1968 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Wayne Hicks
cash
To Philadelphia Flyers
Art Stratton

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Bill LeCaine Port Huron Flags (IHL) free agency (1967–08)
Marv Edwards Nashville Dixie Flyers (EHL) free agency (1967–09)
Subtractions
Player New team Via

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality Position
1 2 Steve Rexe Flag of Canada.svg Canada Goaltender
1 11 Bob Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada Center

Expansion DraftEdit

# Player Drafted From
1. Joe Daley (G) Detroit Red Wings
2. Roy Edwards (G) Chicago Black Hawks
3. Earl Ingarfield (C) New York Rangers
4. Al MacNeil (D) New York Rangers
5. Larry Jeffrey (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs
6. Ab McDonald (LW) Detroit Red Wings
7. Leo Boivin (D) Detroit Red Wings
8. Noel Price (D) Montreal Canadiens
9. Keith McCreary (RW) Montreal Canadiens
10. Ken Schinkel (RW) New York Rangers
11. Bob Dillabough (C) Boston Bruins
12. Art Stratton (C) Chicago Black Hawks
13. Val Fonteyne (LW) Detroit Red Wings
14. Jeannot Gilbert (C) Boston Bruins
15. Tom McCarthy (LW) Montreal Canadiens
16. Billy Dea (LW) Chicago Black Hawks
17. Bob Rivard (C) Montreal Canadiens
18. Mel Pearson (LW) Chicago Black Hawks
19. Andy Bathgate (RW) Detroit Red Wings
20. Les Hunt (D) New York Rangers

Game AdsEdit


NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit


Pittsburgh Penguins
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksMellon ArenaNew Pittsburgh Arena
Coaches Sullivan • Kelly • Schinkel • Boileau • WilsonJohnston • Angotti • Berry • Creamer • Ubriaco • Patrick • Johnson • Bowman • Constantine • Brooks • Hlinka • Kehoe • Olczyk • Therrien
Seasons 1967-681968-691969-701970-711971-721972-731973-741974-751975-761976-771977-781978-791979-801980-811981-821982-831983-841984-851985-861986-871987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-08
Affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)


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