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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Wilkes-Barre - Scranton Penguins.svg
City Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East Division
Founded 1999
Home arena Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Colors Black, gold, red, white                    
Owner(s) United States Ron Burkle
Canada Mario Lemieux
General manager United States Ray Shero
Head coach United States Todd Reirden
Captain United States Wyatt Smith
Media Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Scranton Times-Tribune
102.3 The Mountain WDMT-FM
Affiliates Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1981 to 1988 Fredericton Express
1988 to 1993 Halifax Citadels
1993 to 1996 Cornwall Aces
1999 to present Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Championships
Division Championships 2 (2005–06, 2007–08)
Conference Championships 3 (2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. They play in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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History

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 a top 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, but left the team inactive until the 1999–2000 season when it was placed in Wilkes-Barre. The team is affectionately referred to as "The Baby Penguins" by fans. The WBS Pens have gone to the Calder Cup Final three times in their ten year existence, most recently in 2008 by way of beating the Portland Pirates in a thrilling seven game series in the Eastern Conference finals; the Penguins took game seven by a score of 3-2 after being down in the series three games to two. They went on to play the Chicago Wolves in the final, but lost the series 4-2.

Their mascot is Tux the penguin, who wears number #99 in reference to the team's first season in 1999. The team celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008/2009 with the catch phrase of "Making Memories". The team qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2009 for the seventh year in a row and attempted to make the Calder Cup Final for the third time in six years to try and win the franchise's first Cup. The Pens fourth drive to the Calder Cup Final came to end against the Hershey Bears in the conference semifinals. The series went to seven games with Hershey taking the final two at home by identical scores of 3-0 after the Pens won three in a row in Wilkes-Barre.

They began their 11th season of play on October 3, 2009 with a home win against the Syracuse Crunch. In the opener top prospect Barret Nicpon scored twice and added an assist[1]. Their slogan for this season is "Where Champions are Born", a reference to their parent Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup. In 2009, they also spawned an affiliated junior team, the Wilkes-Barre Junior Pens, which will play at the new Ice Rink at Coal Street Park, which will also serve as a practice facility for the Penguins.[2]

Season-by-season results

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Regular Season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1999–00 80 23 43 9 5 60 236 306 5th, Empire State
2000–01 80 36 33 9 2 83 252 248 2nd, Mid-Atlantic
2001–02 80 20 44 13 3 56 201 274 4th, South
2002–03 80 36 32 7 5 84 245 248 3rd, South
2003–04 80 34 28 10 8 86 197 197 3rd, East
2004–05 80 39 27 7 7 92 227 219 4th, East
2005–06 80 51 18 5 6 113 249 178 1st, East
2006–07 80 51 23 2 4 108 276 221 2nd, East
2007–08 80 47 26 3 4 101 223 187 1st, East
2008–09 80 49 25 3 3 104 274 212 3rd, East

Playoffs

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1999–00 Out of Playoffs
2000–01 W, 3–2, SYR W, 4–2, PHIL W, 4–0, HER L, 2–4,SJNB
2001–02 Out of Playoffs
2002–03 W, 2–0, UT L, 1–3, GR
2003–04 W, 4–3, BRI W, 4–2, PHIL W, 4–3, HART L, 0–4,MIL
2004–05 W, 4–2, BING L, 1–4, PHIL
2005–06 W, 4–3, BRI L, 0–4, HER
2006–07 W, 4–2, NOR L, 1–4, HER
2007–08 W, 4–1, HER W, 4–1, PHIL W, 4-3 PORT L, 2-4, CHI
2008–09 W, 4–1, BRI L,3-4 HER

Current roster

As of March 14, 2010-[3][4]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Contract
36 United States John Curry L 2007 Shorewood, Minnesota NHL
39 Canada Brad Thiessen L 2009 Aldergrove, British Columbia NHL
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract
5 Canada Deryk EngellandA R 2007 Chetwynd, British Columbia NHL
6 United States Ben Lovejoy R 2007 Canaan, New Hampshire NHL
7 United States Brian Strait L 2009 Boston, Massachusetts NHL
8 Canada Robert Bortuzzo R 2009 Thunder Bay, Ontario NHL
12 Canada Alex Grant R 2009 Antigonish, Nova Scotia NHL
14 Canada Chris Lee L 2009 MacTier, Ontario NHL
20 United States Steve Wagner L 2010 Grand Rapids, Michigan NHL
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract
9 Kazakhstan Konstantin Pushkarev RW L 2009 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan AHL
10 Canada Mark Letestu C R 2007 Elk Point, Alberta NHL
11 Canada Zach Sill F L 2009 Truro, Nova Scotia AHL
15 Canada Wade BrookbankA LW L 2009 Lanigan, Saskatchewan NHL
16 Canada Casey Pierro-Zabotel LW L 2009 Ashcroft, British Columbia NHL
18 United States Jesse Boulerice RW R 2009 Plattsburgh, New York AHL
19 United States Wyatt SmithC C L 2009 Thief River Falls, Minnesota NHL
21 Canada Dustin Jeffrey C L 2008 Sarnia, Ontario NHL
23 United States Chris Conner RW L 2009 Westland, Michigan NHL
24 United States Tim Wallace RW R 2006 Anchorage, Alaska NHL
25 United States Eric Tangradi LW L 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NHL
26 United States Joe Vitale C R 2009 St. Louis, Missouri NHL
28 Canada Nick Johnson RW L 2008 Calgary, Alberta NHL
37 Canada Ryan Bayda LW L 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan NHL

Team records

Single season

Goals: 34 Chris Minard (2008–09)
Assists: 50 Jeff Taffe (2008–09) and Janne Pesonen (2008–09)
Points: 82 Janne Pesonen (2008–09)
Penalty minutes: 431 Dennis Bonvie (2005–06)
Goaltending wins: 33 John Curry (2008–09)
GAA: 2.26 Dany Sabourin (2005–06)
SV%: .922 Rich Parent (2000–01) and Dany Sabourin (2005–06)

Career

Career goals: 97 Tom Kostopoulos
Career assists: 149 Tom Kostopoulos
Career points: 246 Tom Kostopoulos
Career penalty minutes: 1081 Dennis Bonvie
Career goaltending wins: 79 John Curry
Career shutouts: 10 Sebastien Caron
Career games: 318 Tom Kostopoulos

AHL records

As of the 2007–08 AHL Season. Data from the AHL Hall of Fame Website. [1]

Team

Longest Road Winning Streak (one season): 13 games (October 9 – December 3, 2005) (tied)

Player

Most points by a defenceman, career: 486 John Slaney (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, W.B./Scr., Phila.)
Most goals by a defenceman, career: John Slaney, 157 (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, W.B./Scr., Phila.)
Most goals by a Defenceman, season: John Slaney, 30 (1999–2000)
Most PIM, career: 4,104 Dennis Bonvie (Cape Breton, Hamilton, Portland, Phila., W.B./Scr., Providence, Binghamton, Hershey)
Most PIM, game: Steve Parsons, 64 (March 17, 2002 vs. Syracuse)

AHL awards and trophies

[2]

Richard F. Canning Trophy

F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy

Robert W. Clarke Trophy

Eddie Shore Award

Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award

Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award

Yanick Dupre Memorial Award

Notable Penguins

References

External links


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