Andy Bathgate, a Hockey Hall of Famer who scored the first goal in Pittsburgh Penguins history, passed away on Friday. He was 83.
Bathgate played more than 1,000 games in an 18-year NHL career for the New York Rangers, Toronto, Detroit, the Penguins and Vancouver. He scored 349 goals and 743 points, won a Stanley Cup with Toronto and was a two-time First-Team NHL All-Star with the Rangers.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andy Bathgate, one of the great players in NHL history and an original Penguin who scored the first goal in team history,” the Penguins said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Bathgate broke into the NHL in 1952-53 with the Rangers. Late in his career, he became a member of the Penguins in their inaugural NHL season, 1967-68. He scored 20 goals and 59 points in 74 games and scored the first goal in team history.
He returned to the Penguins in the 1970-71 season. In two seasons in Pittsburgh, he recorded 35 goals and 103 points in 150 games.
He also played briefly for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League in 1966-67.
In 2009, the Penguins drafted his grandson, also named Andy Bathgate, in the fifth round.