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The Pittsburgh Penguins are an NHL team based in Pittsburgh, PA. The team was established in 1967 as part of the NHL's '67 expansion. The team is a member of the Metro division in the Eastern Conference. They have won four Cups since 1967, the latest in 2016. Mike Sullivan is currently the head coach, with Jim Rutherford as the general manager.

The team is owned by Ron Burkle and former Penguins captain Mario Lemiuex. In 2015, they considered potentially selling the franchise.

Stanley Cup

2017

The Penguins became the first team in the salary cap era to repeat as back to back champions when they won the Stanley Cup in June 2017 against the Nashville Predators. The last time a team managed the feat was the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

2016

Cup Engravings

The 2015-2016 Stanley Cup champion team engraved on the Stanley Cup has a couple of notable exclusions: defensemen development coach Sergei Gonchar, and forward Beau Bennett. Bennett, who was drafted in the first round and 20th overall by Pittsburgh in 2010, was plagued by injuries during his six-year tenure with the Penguins. He never played more than 49 games in a season. During the 2015-2016 campaign, Bennett was again beset by injuries, and only played 33 regular season games and a single playoff game. Getting one's name on the Cup, however, requires a player to have played a minimum of 41 games or one Stanley Cup Final game. Bennett managed neither. According to a 1994 stipulation, a team can petition the commissioner to have a player's name added to the Cup if he's been unable to play because of extenuating circumstances.[1] As such, Pascal Dupuis' name is on the Cup despite having only played 18 games in the 2015-2016 season before medical issues relating to his blood clots forced him to retire on Tuesday 8 December 2015.

References

  1. http://www.thescore.com/news/1137952
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