The “Pittsburgh Penguins” is a professional ice hockey team situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team is part of the Metropolitan Division, which plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
At the time of the NHL’s expansions from six to twelve teams, the Penguins were founded as one of the expansion teams in 1967. They play at the Civic Arena (also known as “The Igloo”), after the 2009-2010 season, the Penguins moved to play their home games in the Consol Energy Center to play for the 2010-2011 season.
For the record, the team has achieved much during their early 1990s and 2000s. In fact, they have reached the Stanley Cup Finals, four times with a record of 3 wins out of four Stanley Cup finals.
History of Franchise
In the year 1965, a campaign in bringing an NHL franchise to Pittsburgh was pushed by a state senator from Kittaning named Jack McGregor. McGregor has created a group of investors with 3 contributors, namely H.J Heinz III, Pittsburgh Steelers and Richard Melon Scaife.
McGregor and his group were desperate about the idea of putting an NHL expansion in Pittsburgh, to guarantee their entry in the NHL expansion teams, he even had to petition votes from two of the most influential people in the league, namely James D. Norris and his brother Bruce Norris.
Fortunately, McGregor’s efforts have turned out to be successful. The National Hockey League (NHL) has granted an expansion team in Pittsburgh for the 1967-1968 season. The overall cost of the team’s entry was $3.25 million. Before their official appearance in the 1967-1968 season, the Penguins had to boost the Civic Arena’s capacity from 10, 732 to 12, 500 in order to qualify for the league’s requirements.
The idea of “Penguins” was taken out from the ‘name the team’ contests, 700 out of 26,000 entries chose “Penguins” as the team’s nickname.