- free agent defenseman Francois Leroux was signed by the Penguins
The Penguins claimed Leroux in the NHL Waiver Draft in January 1995. They eventually signed him to a two-way contract in July 2002 after which he played for Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Pens, with whom he played a total of 57 games before being traded (along with Jan Hrdina) to the Phoenix Coyotes in March 2003. Leroux would only play six games with the Coyotes AHL affiliate in Springfield before announcing his NHL retirement on September 6, 2003.
Leroux continued to have ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins after coming out of retirement in February 2006 and playing with the St. Jean Chiefs of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH). He would eventually sign with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers in November 2007 (the Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins).
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which two players scored goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game played at Mellon Arena (a 5-2 loss against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 12, 2010)?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
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