- the Pittsburgh Phantoms won a 10-9 shootout over the Atlanta Fire Ants before a crowd of 7,347 in their first game at the Civic Arena
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 and 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 as well); other former 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 the franchise went under a few months later.
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Pascal Dupuis currently wears #9 on his jersey for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which three other Penguins players wore this number during their time with Pittsburgh?
Find out the answer tomorrow!
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