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1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 11th Prince of Wales
1984–85 record 24–51–5
Goals for 276
Goals against 385
General Manager Eddie Johnston
Coach Bob Berry
Captain Mike Bullard
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 eighteenth 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.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1984 NHL Entry Draft
= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 1 Mario Lemieux (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Laval Voisins (QMJHL)
1 9 Doug Bodger (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Junior Oilers (WHL)
1 16 Roger Belanger (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL)
4 64 Mark Teevens (RW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
5 85 Arto Javanainen (RW) Flag of Finland Finland Ässät (Finland)
7 127 Tom Ryan (D) Flag of the United States United States Newton North High School (Massachusetts)
9 169 John Del Col (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
10 189 Steve Hurt (RW) Flag of the United States United States Hill-Murray High School (Minnesota)
11 210 Jim Steen (C) Flag of the United States United States Moorhead Senior School (Minnesota)
12 230 Mark Ziliotto (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Streetsville Jr. B (Ontario)

Before the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Lemieux announced he wanted to play for whomever drafted him. 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."[2] 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.[3] Lemieux's actions upset many fans and led to accusations of arrogance and aloofness. After the draft, Johnston signed Lemieux to a two-year contract for $600,000, plus a $150,000 bonus for signing.[2] 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 seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

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

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
6LOctober 24, 19842–5 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 2–4–0
7WOctober 27, 19846–5 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 3–4–0
8WOctober 30, 19844–3 Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 4–4–0
9WOctober 31, 19847–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 5–4–0
10LNovember 3, 19845–7 New York Rangers (1984–85) 5–5–0
11TNovember 6, 19843–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 5–5–1
12LNovember 8, 19842–6 St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 5–6–1
13LNovember 10, 19844–5 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 5–7–1
14WNovember 14, 19844–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 6–7–1
15LNovember 16, 19846–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 6–8–1
16LNovember 17, 19843–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 6–9–1
17TNovember 21, 19843–3 OT Washington Capitals (1984–85) 6–9–2
18LNovember 22, 19843–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 6–10–2
19LNovember 24, 19843–5 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 6–11–2
20TNovember 27, 19842–2 OT Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 6–11–3
21LNovember 29, 19843–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 6–12–3
22LDecember 1, 19841–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 6–13–3
23LDecember 2, 19841–9 @ Washington Capitals (1984–85) 6–14–3
24WDecember 5, 19847–4 St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 7–14–3
25WDecember 7, 19844–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 8–14–3
26WDecember 8, 19846–4 Calgary Flames (1984–85) 9–14–3
27WDecember 12, 19844–3 New York Islanders (1984–85) 10–14–3
28WDecember 15, 19845–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 11–14–3
29LDecember 19, 19842–3 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 11–15–3
30WDecember 21, 19844–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 12–15–3
31LDecember 22, 19842–5 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 12–16–3
32WDecember 26, 19846–5 New York Islanders (1984–85) 13–16–3
33WDecember 28, 19844–0 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 14–16–3
34LDecember 29, 19842–10 @ Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 14–17–3
35TDecember 31, 19844–4 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 14–17–4
36WJanuary 2, 19852–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 15–17–4
37LJanuary 4, 19852–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 15–18–4
38LJanuary 5, 19853–8 Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 15–19–4
39WJanuary 9, 19857–4 Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 16–19–4
40WJanuary 12, 19854–3 Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 17–19–4
41LJanuary 16, 19854–5 Washington Capitals (1984–85) 17–20–4
42LJanuary 17, 19852–6 @ Washington Capitals (1984–85) 17–21–4
43WJanuary 19, 19855–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 18–21–4
44LJanuary 21, 19856–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 18–22–4
45LJanuary 23, 19853–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 18–23–4
46TJanuary 25, 19856–6 OT @ Calgary Flames (1984–85) 18–23–5
47LJanuary 26, 19853–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 18–24–5
48LJanuary 30, 19855–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 18–25–5
49LFebruary 2, 19850–4 New York Islanders (1984–85) 18–26–5
50LFebruary 7, 19853–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 18–27–5
51LFebruary 9, 19851–4 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 18–28–5
52LFebruary 10, 19853–4 Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 18–29–5
53LFebruary 14, 19854–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 18–30–5
54LFebruary 16, 19851–8 Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 18–31–5
55LFebruary 18, 19852–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 18–32–5
56WFebruary 20, 19856–3 Calgary Flames (1984–85) 19–32–5
57LFebruary 22, 19853–8 New York Rangers (1984–85) 19–33–5
58WFebruary 23, 19853–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 20–33–5
59LFebruary 25, 19854–5 Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 20–34–5
60LFebruary 27, 19854–6 Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 20–35–5
61WMarch 2, 19855–4 New York Rangers (1984–85) 21–35–5
62LMarch 3, 19853–7 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 21–36–5
63LMarch 5, 19850–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 21–37–5
64LMarch 7, 19851–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 21–38–5
65WMarch 9, 19856–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 22–38–5
66LMarch 10, 19854–11 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 22–39–5
67LMarch 13, 19853–7 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 22–40–5
68WMarch 16, 19855–0 New York Rangers (1984–85) 23–40–5
69LMarch 17, 19853–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 23–41–5
70LMarch 19, 19853–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 23–42–5
71LMarch 22, 19851–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 23–43–5
72LMarch 24, 19853–7 @ Washington Capitals (1984–85) 23–44–5
73LMarch 26, 19854–5 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 23–45–5
74WMarch 27, 19854–3 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 24–45–5
75LMarch 30, 19854–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 24–46–5
76LMarch 31, 19852–4 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 24–47–5
77LApril 2, 19853–4 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 24–48–5
78LApril 3, 19852–3 Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 24–49–5
79LApril 6, 19854–7 Washington Capitals (1984–85) 24–50–5
80LApril 7, 19853–7 @ Washington Capitals (1984–85) 24–51–5

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Wayne Babych 65 20 34 54 35
Bob Errey 16 0 2 2 7
Jim Hamilton 11 2 1 3 0
Dave Hannan 30 6 7 13 43
Troy Loney 46 10 8 18 59
Gary Rissling 56 10 9 19 209
Andy Brickley 45 7 15 22 10
Tom O'Regan 1 0 0 0 0
Steve Gatzos 6 0 2 2 2
Rick Kehoe 6 0 2 2 0
Ron Flockhart 12 0 5 5 4
Arto Javanainen 14 4 1 5 2
Bruce Crowder 26 4 7 11 23
Mark Taylor 47 7 10 17 19
Mike Bullard 68 32 31 63 75
Warren Young 80 40 32 72 174
Mario Lemieux 73 43 57 100 54
Rob Geale 1 0 0 0 2
Jim McGeough 14 0 4 4 4
Pat Boutette 14 1 3 4 24
Roger Belanger 44 3 5 8 32
Mitch Lamoureux 62 10 8 18 53
John Chabot 67 8 45 53 12
Doug Shedden 80 35 32 67 30
Joe McDonnell 40 2 9 11 20

DefencemenEdit

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Marty McSorley 15 0 0 0 15
Petteri Lehto 6 0 0 0 4
Mike Rowe 6 0 0 0 7
Greg Hotham 11 0 2 2 4
Wally Weir 14 0 3 3 34
Greg Fox 26 2 5 7 26
Bryan Maxwell 44 0 8 8 57
Todd Charlesworth 67 1 8 9 31
Rod Buskas 69 2 7 9 191
Kevin McCarthy 64 9 10 17 30
Randy Hillier 45 2 19 21 56
Doug Bodger 65 5 26 31 67
Moe Mantha 71 11 40 51 54

GoaltendingEdit

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

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Roberto Romano 31 9 17 2 1 4.42
Denis Herron 42 10 22 3 1 4.65
Michel Dion 10 3 6 0 0 4.67
Brian Ford 8 2 6 0 0 6.30

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

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

TradesEdit

October 15, 1984 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Randy Hillier
To Boston Bruins
4th round pick in 1985 Draft (traded to Quebec Nordiques;
Nordiques selected Peter Massey)
November 9, 1984 To Pittsburgh Penguins
John Chabot
To Montreal Canadiens
Ron Flockhart
November 16, 1984 To Pittsburgh Penguins
rights to Ville Siren
To Hartford Whalers
Pat Boutette
December 6, 1984 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Brian Ford
To Quebec Nordiques
Tom Thornbury
March 12, 1985 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jim McGeough
To Washington Capitals
Mark Taylor

Additions and subtractionsEdit

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)


ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Mario Lemieux Retires. TSN. Retrieved on 2007–09–21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christopher, 23.
  3. Christopher, 21.
Pittsburgh Penguins
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Affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)



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