- the Pittsburgh Phantoms played their first game, against the New England Stingers and won, 10-5, at the Cumberland County Civic Center in front of 2,467 fans; Trevor Buchanan scored the franchise’s first goal
The Phantoms were a professional roller hockey team owned by the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Howard Baldwin. The team’s name was inspired by Kennywood Park’s “Steel Phantom” roller coaster which was the tallest / fastest roller coaster in the world at the time the team was formed.
The team was coached by former Penguins Rick Kehoe and Warren Young (who not only coached but also played for the Phantoms); other formed Pittsburgh Penguins players who played for the Phantoms: Bryan Trottier and Alain Lemieux.
The team played 22 regular season games in 1994 and made the playoffs, but went under a few months later.
- the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise joined the National Hockey League
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Aside from Chris Kunitz, which three former players wore jersey #14 with the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Find out tomorrow!
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