HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FORMER
(he turns 39 on this date)
Steve McKenna is a Canadian-born player from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Cambridge, Ontario being his hometown). He was a versatile player who was able to play both offense (left wing) and defense.
McKenna first played minor league hockey before playing three seasons for Merrimack College. He was then signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent in 1996 playing with them for four seasons.
In the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft (draft specifically held to fill the rosters of the league’s two expansion teams, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, for the 2000-01 season), McKenna was selected 37th overall by the Minnesota Wild. The Wild eventually traded McKenna to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Roman Simicek after only playing 20 games with Minnesota. He was signed by the New York Rangers in August 2001 again as a free agent and then returned to the Penguins in July 2002 for two more seasons.
He finished his career over in Europe playing for HC Alleghe (Italy), Nottingham Panthers (Great Britain), High1 (Asia League), Kangwon Land (Asia League), China Sharks (Asia League), Adelaide Avalanche (Australia), and CSK VVS Samara (Russia).
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which two Pittsburgh Penguins assisted on the 690th and final regular season goal of Mario Lemieux‘s career during a 3-2 shootout victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Mellon Arena on November 10, 2005?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
Bob Johnson (son, Mark Johnson)
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