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Post-Game Player Award

Like all teams, the Penguins award a token to the player chosen as MVP by the other players after a win.

2019-2020

  • An authentic fireman's helmet with the number 4 (indicating it was from Firehouse 4) [1]

2018-2019

  • A silver warrior helmet, similar to the one used in 2015-2016 [2]

2017-2018

  • A Pittsburgh Steelers football helmet

2016-2017

  • A PPG Paints paint can (only used for first part of season)[3]
  • A Pittsburgh Pirates baseball batting helmet

2015-2016

  • A warrior helmet (provided by Pascal Dupuis); axes were used on the stickers to follow theme[3]

2014-2015

  • No award used during regular season. An old-fashioned 'punch-card' time clock was used for the playoffs[3]

2013-2014

  • A rock from the Penguins' pre-season trip to West Point (there are no stickers on this award)

2012-2013

  • A fireman's helmet

2011-2012

  • construction helmet painted to look like a miner's helmet; Penguins puck attached as the 'light'[3]

2010-2011

  • a working-man's lunch box (to continue the 'blue-collar hockey' theme)[3]

2009-2010

  • A shovel. It represents a longtime arena worker; when he died, the players made the shovel their coveted prize: The Kevin “Duffy” Shovel Award.[4]
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Retired player awards (photo by Penguins EQ Staff)

circa 2008

  • a viking helmet[3]

Team Stats

Penalties

  • Penguins have played 3 games without either team taking a penalty. On 22 March 1969 in St. Louis, on 11 April 2015 in Buffalo, and 28 December 2016 in Pittsburgh.

Trivia

Arenas

  • The Pens played in the Civic Arena from the time of their NHL debut in 1967 until the end of the 2009-2010 season.
  • The Civic Arena was also known as the Igloo because of its dome-shaped form.
  • Civic Arena was renamed Mellon Arena in December 1999.
  • Mellon Arena was demolished between September 2011 - March 2012.
  • The Penguins current home arena is the PPG Paints Arena.
  • It was formerly known as Consol Energy Center.
  • The Arena was completed in August 2010, and houses 18,087 seats in its hockey capacity in honour of Sidney Crosby, whose jersey number is #87.
  • In the 2018 off-season, the Penguins spent hundreds of thousands dollars to replace the boards around the rink.
  • The Penguins have yet to win a Stanley Cup on home ice.

General

Team Bonding

  • The 2015-2016 roster started a fantasy football league that continued in 2016-2017 and which the players take extremely seriously.

Marc-André Fleury

  • Once dressed as Catwoman for Halloween.[9]

Favorite Candy

Updated for 2018:[10]

  • Matt Cullen - Snickers
  • Chad Ruhwedel - SweeTarts or Spree
  • Bryan Rust - Twix
  • Daniel Sprong - Mars bars
  • Matt Murray - Crunchie (only available in Canada)
  • Jack Johnson - Reese's peanut butter cups
  • Jake Guentzel - Snickers
  • Phil Kessel - Sour Patch Kids
  • Carl Hagelin - Reese's Pieces
  • Olli Maatta - Licorice
  • Kris Letang - Canadian Smarties (similar to M & Ms in the US)
  • Sidney Crosby - "anything chocolate"

Prior to 2018

  • Dan Bylsma - Reese's peanut butter cup. Also Kit Kats.
  • Jeff Zatkoff - Milky Way, or any kind of chocolate.
  • Jayson Megna - Reese's peanut butter cup.
  • Olli Maatta - Licorice, and Swedish berries. (Is not a chocolate kind of guy).[11]
  • Kris Letang - Chocolate (Endorsed and designed his own chocolate, eats two peanut butter cup snacks before games).[12]

Penguins In-Arena Game Playlist

Miscellaneous

  • During the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, actor Morgan Freeman indicated that he had put money down on the Penguins winning the Cup.[16]

References

  1. [1]https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1180670939945721858
  2. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1048314697844449280
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Pens Pre-Game Broadcast, 12/02/17, Dan Potash and Dana Heinze
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/sports/hockey/nhl-teams-pass-the-hat-or-shovel-or-maybe-a-belt.html?mcubz=1
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Pirates_(NHL)
  6. https://youtu.be/rP2S4j7bebs?t=147
  7. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/how-sidney-crosby-turned-pittsburgh-into-hockeytown/article9242309/
  8. https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/796133953069420544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  9. http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_659578.html
  10. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1058512617759784960
  11. https://www.nhl.com/penguins/news/pens-talk-halloween/c-689367
  12. www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2017/02/15/pittsburgh-penguins-kris-letang-chocolate-candy-bars-giant-eagle-get-go/stories/201702150195
  13. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/793070295674388480
  14. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/788229667253739523
  15. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/786761906094804992
  16. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/740345098399928321
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