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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. They play at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township, just outside the city of Wilkes-Barre. They were the 2011 winners of the East Division and the Eastern Conference (in terms of regular season titles), winning their first Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2019–20 AHL season
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins logo.svg
CityWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1981
Home arenaMohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
ColorsBlack, gold, white, red
                   
Owner(s)Ron Burkle
Mario Lemieux
General managerBill Guerin
Head coachMike Vellucci
CaptainGarrett Wilson
MediaWilkes-Barre Times Leader
Scranton Times-Tribune
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
WILK Newsradio 103.1
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesPittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1981–1988Fredericton Express
1988–1993Halifax Citadels
1993–1996Cornwall Aces
1999–presentWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Championships
Regular season titles2: (2010–11, 2016–17)
Division Championships4: (2005–06, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2016–17)
Conference Championships3: (2001, 2004, 2008)

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HistoryEdit

The Pittsburgh Penguins' top minor league affiliate throughout the 1990s was the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL. However, in the mid-1990s, the IHL began moving away from being a developmental league and more towards being an independent minor league. For this reason, the Penguins wanted their top minor league affiliate in the AHL. The Penguins purchased the dormant Cornwall Aces AHL franchise from the Colorado Avalanche in 1996,[1][2] but left the team inactive until the 1999–2000 season due to construction delays at their intended home–a new arena in Wilkes-Barre. The team is affectionately referred to as "The Baby Penguins" by fans. Their mascot is Tux the penguin, who wears number #99 in reference to the team's first season in 1999.

The Penguins have gone to the Calder Cup Final three times but have never won the championship. The team went all the way to the finals in their second season, losing to the Saint John Flames in six games. The Baby Pens returned to the finals in their fifth season, but were swept by the Milwaukee Admirals. They most recently made it to the finals in 2008 by way of beating the Portland Pirates in a seven-game series in the Eastern Conference finals. They went on to play the Chicago Wolves in the final, but lost the series 4–2.

The WBS Penguins won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for best finish in the regular season in 2011 with 117 points. Goaltender Brad Thiessen was also named the recipient of the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award, an award given to the AHL's most outstanding goaltender for each season. He posted a record of 35–8–1 in 46 appearances, along with a 1.94 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Head coach John Hynes won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award, awarded to the most outstanding AHL coach of the season. Despite their best regular season finish in team history, the WBS Penguins would be eliminated in the second round of the 2011 playoffs by the Charlotte Checkers in six games.

The Penguins have made the playoffs in all but three seasons of their existence. As of the end of the 2018–19 season, the WBS Penguins held a playoff streak of 16 seasons from the 2002–03 season to the 2017–18 season.

Prior to the 2009–10 season, they held the inaugural Penguins Black and Gold Game, an intra-squad game which featured members of the Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and was the first ever head-to-head meeting between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The game was a complete sellout and tickets never reached the general public. The Penguins organization held its second Black and Gold Game prior to the 2010–11 season on September 19, 2010.

In 2009, they also spawned an affiliated youth level organization, the Wilkes-Barre Junior Pens. The team is based out of the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park, which also serves as a practice facility for the Penguins.[3]

The Penguins' biggest rivals had been the Philadelphia Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of Pennsylvania's other NHL team, the Philadelphia Flyers. After that team moved to Glens Falls, New York, (as the Adirondack Phantoms) the Hershey Bears, also located in Pennsylvania, became the major rivals of the Penguins (they are currently the AHL affiliate of another developing rival of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals). In 2013, the Adirondack Phantoms relocated back to eastern Pennsylvania as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

     Won Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the best record in the regular season
     Round not held

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 16, 2019.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
42   Matt Abt D L 25 2018 Leduc, Alberta W-B/Scranton
43   Calen Addison D R 19 2019 Brandon, Manitoba Pittsburgh
17   Anthony Angello RW R 23 2018 Manlius, New York Pittsburgh
15   Jordy Bellerive C L 20 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia Pittsburgh
34   Chase Berger C L 24 2019 St. Louis, Missouri W-B/Scranton
14   Joseph Blandisi C L 25 2019 Markham, Ontario Pittsburgh
26   Chris Brown C R 23 2019 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan W-B/Scranton
22   Joseph Cramarossa (A) LW L 26 2018 Markham, Ontario Pittsburgh
7   Kevin Czuczman (A) D L 28 2017 Port Elgin, Ontario Pittsburgh
33   Alex D'Orio G R 20 2019 Sherbrooke, Quebec Pittsburgh
16   Thomas Di Pauli   C L 25 2016 Caldaro, Italy Pittsburgh
48   Jan Drozg LW R 20 2019 Maribor, Slovenia Pittsburgh
24   Macoy Erkamps D R 24 2018 Delta, British Columbia W-B/Scranton
39   Ryan Haggerty RW R 26 2016 Stamford, Connecticut Pittsburgh
12   Brandon Hawkins RW R 25 2019 Macomb Township, Michigan W-B/Scranton
47   Adam Johnson C/LW L 25 2017 Hibbing, Minnesota Pittsburgh
8   Michael Kim D L 24 2019 Toronto, Ontario W-B/Scranton
41   Renars Krastenbergs LW L 20 2018 Jelgava, Latvia W-B/Scranton
18   Sam Lafferty RW R 24 2018 Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
9   Jake Lucchini LW L 24 2019 Trail, British Columbia Pittsburgh
10   Jon Lizotte D L 24 2019 Grand Forks, North Dakota W-B/Scranton
37   Sam Miletic LW L 22 2017 Broomfield Township, Michigan Pittsburgh
  Myles Powell RW R 24 2019 Comox, British Columbia W-B/Scranton
50   Juuso Riikola D L 25 2019 Joensuu, Finland Pittsburgh
21   Ryan Scarfo C L 25 2018 North Chelmsford, Massachusetts W-B/Scranton
28   Ben Sexton C R 28 2018 Kanata, Ontario W-B/Scranton
8   Blake Siebenaler D R 23 2019 Fort Wayne, Indiana W-B/Scranton
  Dustin Tokarski G L 29 2019 Humboldt, Saskatchewan W-B/Scranton

Team captainsEdit

Notable PenguinsEdit

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: Chris Minard, 34 (2008–09)
Assists: Jeff Taffe and Janne Pesonen, 50 (2008–09)
Points: Janne Pesonen, 82 (2008–09)
Penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 431 (2005–06)
Goaltending wins: Brad Thiessen, 35 (2010–11)
GAA: Jeff Zatkoff 1.93 (2012–13)
SV%: Rich Parent (2000–01), Dany Sabourin (2005–06) and Brad Thiessen (2010–11), .922

CareerEdit

Career goals: Tom Kostopoulos, 181
Career assists: Tom Kostopoulos, 269
Career points: Tom Kostopoulos, 450
Career penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 1081
Career goaltending wins: John Curry, 103
Career shutouts: Brad Thiessen, 17
Career games: Tom Kostopoulos, 627

AHL recordsEdit

As of the 2009–10 AHL Season. Data from the AHL Hall of Fame Website.[5]

TeamEdit

Most Road Wins, 80-Game Season: 28 (2010–2011) (tied)
Longest Road Winning Streak (one season): 13 games (October 9 – December 3, 2005) (tied)
Longest Road Winning Streak (overall): 15 games (April 10 – December 3, 2005)

PlayerEdit

Most points by a defenseman, career: John Slaney, 486 (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Philadelphia)
Most goals by a defenseman, career: John Slaney, 157
Most goals by a defenseman, season: John Slaney, 30 (1999–2000)
Most PIM, career: Dennis Bonvie, 4,104 (Cape Breton, Hamilton, Portland, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Providence, Binghamton, Hershey)
Most PIM, game: Steve Parsons, 64 (March 17, 2002 vs. Syracuse)

AHL awards and trophiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marrapese, Nancy L. (May 19, 1996). "Mighty Casey a pinch hit". The Boston Globe. p. 52. The [Pittsburgh] Penguins will move and rename the AHL’s Cornwall Aces after buying the franchise from the Avalanche.
  2. ^ Mayer, Sean (July 2, 1996). "Pirates plundered". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Binghamton, NY. p. 3D. [Godfrey] Wood will be responsible for finding a home for the [Pittsburgh] Penguins’ incoming AHL team, the defunct Cornwall Aces franchise Pittsburgh bought from the Colorado Avalanche.
  3. ^ "Wilkes-Barre Jr. Penguins Youth Ice Hockey Club". Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Roster". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "AHL Record Book". AHL Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "AHL Hall of Fame Trophy List". AHL Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

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