The first year in today’s “On This Date” is about former Pittsburgh Penguins center, Syl Apps, a great player who made his biggest mark with the Penguins (here’s a bit more information on him obtained from Wikipedia):
He was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in 1964 but did not play his first big league season until 1970. That season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team with which he made his mark, becoming one of the franchise’s first stars. Between 1973 and 1976, Apps centered the Century Line with left wing Lowell MacDonald and right wing Jean Pronovost.
Apps’s numbers declining, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in the 1977–78 season as the Penguins started to remake the team (Pierre Larouche, Dennis Owchar and Hartland Monahan were all dealt during this season. Dave Burrows and Jean Pronovost would be as well at the season’s conclusion.) Apps retired two years later, finishing his career as the Penguins’ career assist leader and second in goals and points.
- Mario Lemieux scored his 100th point to become the only the third rookie in NHL history to accomplish this feat
- Edward J. DeBartolo became the full owner of the Penguins, having purchased one-third of the franchise the year before
- the Penguins lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, in the preliminary round of the playoffs
- in the first AHL playoff game at the Civic Arena, the Hornets lost to the Quebec Aces by a score of 4-1 and fell behind three-games-to-none
- the Hornets defeated the Hershey, 5-1, and swept the Bears in three games to advance to the Calder Cup Finals
- a 5-1 win gave the Pittsburgh Hornets a 2-1 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Who scored the only goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 30, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):