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69-70PitPen
1969–70 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 2nd West
1969–70 record 26–38–12
Goals for 182
Goals against 238
General Manager Jack Riley
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Keith McCreary
Duane Rupp
Ken Schinkel
Bob Woytowich
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Average attendance 6,998
Team leaders
Goals Dean Prentice (26)
Assists Michel Briere (32)
Points Dean Prentice (51)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (189)
Wins Al Smith (15)
Goals against average Joe Daley (2.95)

The 1969–70 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's third season in the National Hockey League. The season saw the Penguins qualify for the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history. The Penguins finished the season in second place in the West Division, 22 points behind the first place St. Louis Blues.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Tragedy struck the Penguins in 1970 when promising rookie center Michel Briere, who finished third in scoring on the team, was injured in a car crash. After spending a year in the hospital, he died.

Final standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 27 12 224 179 86
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 26 38 12 182 238 64
Minnesota North Stars 76 19 35 22 224 257 60
Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 169 243 58
Philadelphia Flyers 76 17 35 24 197 225 58
Los Angeles Kings 76 14 52 150 168 290 38

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 11, 19692–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 0–0–1
2TOctober 15, 19693–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 0–0–2
3TOctober 18, 19693–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 0–0–3
4LOctober 19, 19690–4 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 0–1–3
5LOctober 21, 19693–4 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 0–2–3
6LOctober 22, 19690–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 0–3–3
7WOctober 25, 19694–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 1–3–3
8LOctober 29, 19691–3 New York Rangers (1969–70) 1–4–3
9WNovember 1, 19696–3 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 2–4–3
10LNovember 2, 19693–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 2–5–3
11LNovember 5, 19692–4 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 2–6–3
12LNovember 8, 19691–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 2–7–3
13WNovember 12, 19693–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 3–7–3
14LNovember 13, 19690–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 3–8–3
15WNovember 15, 19693–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 4–8–3
16LNovember 19, 19690–4 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 4–9–3
17WNovember 22, 19695–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 5–9–3
18LNovember 23, 19692–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 5–10–3
19TNovember 26, 19694–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 5–10–4
20WNovember 29, 19695–3 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 6–10–4
21TNovember 30, 19693–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 6–10–5
22WDecember 3, 19692–1 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 7–10–5
23LDecember 6, 19690–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 7–11–5
24WDecember 7, 19693–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 8–11–5
25WDecember 10, 19692–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 9–11–5
26LDecember 12, 19691–4 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 9–12–5
27LDecember 14, 19691–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 9–13–5
28LDecember 17, 19692–5 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 9–14–5
29LDecember 20, 19694–6 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 9–15–5
30LDecember 21, 19690–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 9–16–5
31WDecember 26, 19693–2 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 10–16–5
32LDecember 27, 19690–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 10–17–5
33WDecember 31, 19694–2 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 11–17–5
34LJanuary 3, 19700–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 11–18–5
35TJanuary 4, 19704–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 11–18–6
36LJanuary 7, 19703–5 New York Rangers (1969–70) 11–19–6
37LJanuary 8, 19701–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 11–20–6
38LJanuary 10, 19703–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 11–21–6
39LJanuary 14, 19700–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 11–22–6
40LJanuary 17, 19700–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 11–23–6
41WJanuary 18, 19706–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 12–23–6
42TJanuary 21, 19703–3 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 12–23–7
43WJanuary 24, 19704–2 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 13–23–7
44LJanuary 25, 19701–3 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 13–24–7
45TJanuary 28, 19704–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 13–24–8
46WJanuary 31, 19702–1 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 14–24–8
47LFebruary 1, 19700–6 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 14–25–8
48WFebruary 4, 19707–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 15–25–8
49WFebruary 7, 19703–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 16–25–8
50WFebruary 8, 19706–3 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 17–25–8
51LFebruary 11, 19701–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 17–26–8
52LFebruary 14, 19700–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 17–27–8
53WFebruary 15, 19704–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 18–27–8
54WFebruary 17, 19704–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 19–27–8
55WFebruary 19, 19706–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 20–27–8
56LFebruary 21, 19703–6 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 20–28–8
57LFebruary 25, 19702–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 20–29–8
58WFebruary 26, 19701–0 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 21–29–8
59WFebruary 28, 19703–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 22–29–8
60WMarch 4, 19702–1 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 23–29–8
61LMarch 5, 19703–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 23–30–8
62TMarch 7, 19702–2 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 23–30–9
63TMarch 8, 19700–0 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 23–30–10
64TMarch 11, 19702–2 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 23–30–11
65LMarch 12, 19701–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 23–31–11
66LMarch 14, 19703–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 23–32–11
67LMarch 18, 19700–2 New York Rangers (1969–70) 23–33–11
68LMarch 19, 19701–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 23–34–11
69LMarch 21, 19703–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 23–35–11
70LMarch 22, 19704–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 23–36–11
71WMarch 25, 19702–0 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 24–36–11
72WMarch 28, 19702–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 25–36–11
73TMarch 29, 19705–5 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 25–36–12
74WApril 1, 19704–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 26–36–12
75LApril 4, 19701–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 26–37–12
76LApril 5, 19701–5 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 26–38–12

PlayoffsEdit

The Penguins would reach the playoffs for the first time in 1970, advancing to the Western Conference Finals where they lost to the St. Louis Blues. In the Pittsburgh-Oakland series, in game one, Nick Harbaruk's goal midway through the third period was the winner as Pittsburgh won 2–1. In game two, Gary Jarrett gave Oakland a 1–0 lead, but Pittsburgh came back to win 3–1. Game three at Oakland featured a hat trick by Ken Schinkel of the Penguins as Pittsburgh won 5–2. Game four featured Oakland having 1–0 and 2–1 leads, but the Seals just couldn't hold on and the game was tied 2–2 at the end of regulation time. Overtime was necessary and Michel Briere scored the series winning goal at 8:28 of overtime for Pittsburgh. In the West Division finals, the St. Louis Blues beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red indicates loss.
1970 Playoffs
Conference Semi-finals vs Oakland: 4–0 (Home: 2–0 ; Road: 2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 8 Oakland 1 – 2 Pittsburgh 1–0
2 April 9 Oakland 1 – 3 Pittsburgh 2–0
3 April 11 Pittsburgh 5 – 2 Oakland 3–0
4 April 12 Pittsburgh 3 – 2 Oakland 4–0
Conference Finals vs St. Louis Blues: 2–4 (Home: 2–1 ; Road: 0–3)
# Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 19 Pittsburgh 1 – 3 St. Louis 0–1
2 April 21 Pittsburgh 1 – 4 St. Louis 0–2
3 April 23 St. Louis 2 – 3 Pittsburgh 1–2
4 April 26 St. Louis 1 – 2 Pittsburgh 2–2
5 April 28 Pittsburgh 0 – 5 St. Louis 2–3
6 April 30 St. Louis 4 – 3 Pittsburgh 2–4

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Rick Kessell 8 1 2 3 2
Ron Snell 3 0 1 1 0
George Swarbrick 12 0 1 1 8
Dean Prentice 75 26 25 51 14
Ken Schinkel 72 20 25 45 19
Michel Briere 76 12 32 44 20
Jean Pronovost 72 20 21 41 45
Bryan Hextall 66 12 19 31 87
Ron Schock 76 8 21 29 40
Keith McCreary 60 18 8 26 67
Glen Sather 76 12 14 26 114
Val Fonteyne 68 11 15 26 2
Wally Boyer 72 11 12 23 34
Nick Harbaruk 74 5 17 22 56
Bryan Hextall 66 12 19 31 87

DefencemenEdit

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Dunc McCallum 14 0 0 0 16
Mike McMahon 12 1 3 4 19
Bryan Watson 61 1 9 10 189
Bob Blackburn 60 4 7 11 51
Tracy Pratt 65 5 7 12 124
Duane Rupp 64 2 14 16 18
Jim Morrison 59 5 15 20 40
Bob Woytowich 68 8 25 33 49

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
Joe Daley 9 528 1 5 3 0 2.95
Al Smith 46 2555 15 20 8 2 3.03
Les Binkley 27 1477 10 13 1 3 3.21


Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1969–70 season:

TradesEdit

May 20, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bryan Hextall
To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Paul Andrea
John Arbour
loan of Andy Bathgate
June 6, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Craig Cameron
Ron Schock
To St. Louis Blues
Lou Angotti
1st round pick in 1971 Draft (Gene Carr)
October 28, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike McMahon
To Detroit Red Wings
Billy Dea
November, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jim Morrison
To Baltimore Clippers (AHL)
Bob Rivard
cash

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Nick Harbaruk Vancouver Canucks (WHL) Inter-League Draft (1969–06)
Bob Blackburn New York Rangers Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Dean Prentice Detroit Red Wings Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Glen Sather Boston Bruins Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Al Smith Detroit Red Wings Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Noel Price Springfield Kings (AHL) Reverse Draft (1969–06–10)
Charlie Burns Minnesota North Stars Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Marv Edwards Toronto Maple Leafs Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)
Bill Speer Boston Bruins Intra-League Draft (1969–06–11)

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality
2 15 Rick Kessell Flag of Canada.svg Canada
3 26 Michel Briere Flag of Canada.svg Canada
4 38 Yvon Labre Flag of Canada.svg Canada
5 50 Ed Patenaude Flag of Canada.svg Canada
6 62 Paul Hoganson Flag of Canada.svg Canada

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

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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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