|1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL|
|General Manager||Jack Riley|
|Alternate captains||Leo Boivin|
|Arena||Pittsburgh Civic Arena|
|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)|
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The 1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their 1st in the National Hockey League. Pittsburgh was one of six cities awarded an expansion team during the 1967 NHL expansion. The Penguins finished 5th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Off-season[edit | edit source]
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. 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), 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."
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.
Pre-season[edit | edit source]
September 29, 1967: Pittsburgh 7, Minnesota North Stars 2 @ Brantford, Ontario
September 30, 1967: Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 1 @ Oshawa, Ontario
October 1, 1967: Oakland 3, Minnesota 2 @ Port Huron, Michigan
October 4, 1967: Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 0 @ Belleville, Ontario
October 5, 1967: Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 2 @ Kingston, Ontario
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
The Penguins inaugural jersey colours were blue, white, and black with a primarily blue home jersey and a primarily white away jersey. The jerseys had five outlined stripes on the arms and body, no names on the back and the jersey numbers were outlined. The logo was a diagonal "PITTSBURGH" that was outlined. The Penguins wore these jersey for this season only.
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, Ab McDonald 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.
On October 11, 1967 Andy Bathgate of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal in a 2–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first goal ever scored by a player for a 1967 expansion team. Bathgate led the team in scoring with 59 points.
Mel Pearson played the last 2 games of his 38 game NHL career, that spanned over eight years, when he appeared for the Penguins on February 7, 1968 versus the Oakland Seals and February 8 against the Los Angeles Kings. Pearson had an assist in the latter game.
Final Standings[edit | edit source]
|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|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Game Log[edit | edit source]
Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1967–68 Game Log|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- The Penguins did not qualify for the post season.
Player Stats[edit | edit source]
Forwards[edit | edit source]
Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
Defencemen[edit | edit source]
Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
|17, 23, 25||Bill Speer||68||3||13||16||44|
|5, 23||Ted Lanyon||5||0||0||0||4|
Goaltending[edit | edit source]
Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against
Awards and Records[edit | edit source]
- The Penguins did not win any awards this season.
Transactions[edit | edit source]
The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1967–68 season:
|June 6, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To New York Rangers|
|September 7, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Detroit Red Wings|
|October, 1967||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Hershey Bears (AHL)|
|February 27, 1968||To Pittsburgh Penguins
|To Philadelphia Flyers|
Draft Picks[edit | edit source]
Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]
|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|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Penguins who recorded a hat trick this season include:
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Player stats on Hockey Database
- Game log on NHL Reference
- 1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-06.
|Team||Franchise • Players • Coaches • GMs • Seasons • Records • Draft Picks • Mellon Arena • PPG Paints Arena|
|Coaches||Sullivan • Kelly • Schinkel • Boileau • Wilson • Johnston • Angotti • Berry • Creamer • Ubriaco • Patrick • Johnson • Bowman • Constantine • Brooks • Hlinka • Kehoe • Olczyk • Therrien|
|Seasons||1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70 • 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76 • 1976-77 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80 • 1980-81 • 1981-82 • 1982-83 • 1983-84 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90 • 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1996-97 • 1997-98 • 1998-99 • 1999-00 • 2000-01 • 2001-02 • 2002-03 • 2003-04 • 2004-05 • 2005-06 • 2006-07 • 2007-08 • 2008-09 • 2009-10 • 2010-11 • 2011-12 • 2012-13 • 2013-14 • 2014-15 • 2015-16 • 2016-17 • 2017-18 • 2018-19 •|
|Affiliates||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)|
|1967–68 NHL season by team|
|East||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto|
|West||Los Angeles • Minnesota • Oakland • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • St. Louis|
|See also||1967 NHL Amateur Draft • 1967 NHL Expansion Draft • All-Star Game • 1968 Stanley Cup Finals|
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