Defenseman Paul Coffey, whose blazing speed, breathtaking skill and winning attitude helped transform the Penguins of the early 1990s into Stanley Cup champions, will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov.15, at Mellon Arena, before a game against the New York Islanders.
Long-time locker room assistant Frank Sciulli, who was with the club from its inception in 1967 until passing away this summer, also will be inducted in the builder’s category.
Coffey, who played here from 1987-92, is the only defenseman in Penguins history to rank in the club’s all-time top 10 in points and assists. He averaged well over a point a game during his Penguins career, racking up 108 goals and 332 assists for 440 points in 331 games. He also added 26 points in 22 playoff games.
Coffey is also the only defenseman in Penguins history to score more than 100 points in a season – and, in fact, he did it twice. He had 30 goals and 113 points in 1988-89 and 29 goals and 103 points in 1989-90. He followed up with 24 goals and 93 points in 1990-91, when the Penguins went on to win the first of two Stanley Cups.
The native of Westin, Ontario holds team single-season records for defensemen in goals (30), assists (83), points (113), shots (342), power play assists (53) and power play points (64).
He played in the NHL All-Star Game in each of his five seasons as a Penguin.
Coffey, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, also won three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers.
Coffey becomes the ninth player to be named to the team’s Hall of Fame, joining Mario Lemieux, Rick Kehoe, Jean Pronovost, Syl Apps, Dave Burrows, Joe Mullen, Les Binkley and Ulf Samuelsson.
Sciulli becomes the sixth member of the Hall’s builder’s category, joining owner Edward J. DeBartolo, broadcaster Mike Lange, organist Vince Lascheid, long-time locker room assistant A.T. Caggiano and long-time executive assistant Elaine Heufelder. Additional off-ice personnel honored in the Hall are general managers Craig Patrick and Jack Riley and head coach Bob Johnson.
Sciulli was a regular presence in the locker rooms of both the Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played an important role “behind the scenes” for the Penguins for parts of five decades.
Coffey currently owns and is active in a Toyota /Nissan car dealership. He lives in the Toronto area with his wife, Stephanie and their children, Savannah, Blake and Christian.