More Than 50 Former Pittsburgh Penguins Help Celebrate Final Regular-Season Game at Mellon Arena
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Hockey Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, Craig Patrick, Larry Murphy and Andy Bathgate joined 1970s stalwarts Jean Pronovost, Syl Apps, Dave Burrows, Bryan Watson, and Ron Schock as more than 50 former Pittsburgh Penguins helped celebrate the final regular season game at Mellon Arena Thursday night.
The special guests included former players, coaches and general managers who played such a huge part of Penguins history at the old arena – which was known as the Civic Arena when the team made its NHL debut in the 1967-68 season
The game marked the 1,667th and final regular season game played at the Arena before the Penguins move across the street to the sparkling new Consol Energy Center next season.
Six Penguins who were here for the team’s first game, a 2-1 loss to Montreal at the Civic Arena on Oct. 11, 1967, were on hand – players Ken Schinkel, Les Binkley, Gene Ubriaco and Bathgate, along with coach Red Sullivan and general manager Jack Riley.
The full list of 51 alums:
Syl Apps, Andy Bathgate, Bob Berry, Les Binkley, Phil Bourque, Rob Brown, Mike Bullard, Dave Burrows, Jay Caufield, Kim Clackson, Paul Coffey, John Cullen, Bob Errey, Mario Faubert, George Ferguson, Dave Hannan, Randy Hillier, Mark Johnson, Eddie Johnston, Mark Kachowski, Rick Kehoe, Pierre Larouche, Francois Leroux, Troy Loney, Mario Lemieux, Lowell MacDonald, Greg Malone, Gilles Meloche, Larry Murphy, Eddie Olczyk, Dennis Owchar, Bob Paradise, Craig Patrick, Frank Pietrangelo, Greg Polis, Jean Pronovost, Jack Riley, Gary Rissling, Gary Roberts, Duane Rupp, Ken Schinkel, Ron Schock, Ron Stackhouse, Red Sullivan, Peter Taglianetti, Bryan Trottier, Gene Ubriaco, Bryan Watson, Ken Wregget, Warren Young and Wendell Young.