- the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Jordan Staal in the first-round of the NHL Amateur Draft (second pick overall)
Staal signed a three-year, entry-level contract that October and immediately made the NHL roster that season at the young age of 18. In January 2009, his contract was extended with Pittsburgh for four additional years at $16 million then went on to be part of the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team that June.
He was recently traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and Carolina’s 8th overall selection at this year’s NHL Entry Draft (which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot).
- it was announced that Mario Lemieux‘s investment group was the new owners of the Penguins
- Jaromir Jagr became the second Penguins player to win the Hart Trophy (he was also the second Penguin to win the Lester B. Pearson Award)
- the Penguins made a visit to the White House and met President George Bush as the Stanley Cup Champions (they were the first NHL team to ever make the visit and begin the tradition of the Stanley Cup Champions meeting the president)
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
After Mario Lemieux, who is the next former Pittsburgh Penguins player to register the most career regular-season points?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
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