- Ken Schinkel was relieved of the Pittsburgh Penguins head coaching duties for the second time (Schinkel’s combined record with the Penguins for a total of 203 games was 83-92-28)
Schinkel played right wing for the Penguins being drafted by them the season that Pittsburgh became an expansion team in 1967. He was named assistant captain. He played a total of six seasons with the Penguins retiring in 1973 (as the last original player from the Penguins first team) to become the team’s third head coach following Red Kelley. He ended his playing career with Pittsburgh as a career leader in games and points which has since been surpassed (127 goals and 198 assists for 325 points in 636 games).
In February 1974, the Penguins failed to make the playoffs and Schinkel was replaced with Marc Boileau and given a position in the organization’s front office. He would return to the head coaching position for a second stint with the Penguins in January 1976 to replace Boileau. He was relieved for a second time and returned to Pittsburgh’s front office for good until 1989 on this date in 1977 and was replaced by Johnny Wilson. He ended his coaching career with the Penguins with a winning percentage of .478.
He was an integral part in drafting Mario Lemieux in 1984.
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
In what season (and against which team) did Sidney Crosby score his third career regular-season hat trick?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
15 games; surpassing Dmitri Kvartalnov of the Boston Bruins (14 games; 1992-93 season)
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