On This Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History (August 31) / Penguins Trivia

By Stephanie Lewark


  • Pittsburgh Hornets owner John Harris began talks with the Norris family, owners of the Detroit Red Wings, to begin an ownership transfer

Pittsburgh lost its only professional team in 1929 when the Pittsburgh Pirates moved the franchise across the state to become the Philadelphia Quakers. The Yellow Jackets returned to Pittsburgh in 1930 after Roy Schooley re-acquired the team. They were later purchased by Pittsburgh theater chain owner, John Harris, in 1932.

On October 4, 1936, the Detroit Olympics were sold, moved to Pittsburgh and were re-named the Pittsburgh Hornets. Some players from the Yellow Jackets joined the Olympics. The Hornets wore wool jerseys that were likely recycled from the Olympics. The Hornets, a minor league team for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, made their debut in the International-American Hockey League in 1936-37 (the league transformed into the American Hockey League in 1940).

Originally, the Hornets were the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings who won the Stanley Cup in 1936 with Don Aurie on that team. The Hornets lost their first playoff game, 4-1, against the Syracuse Stars on March 24, 2937. Aurie was a player / coach and led them to their first appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in 1940 where they were swept in three games by the Providence Reds on April 4, 1937.

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ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTIONCLICK HERE to view it):

Chicago (1933-34) and Detroit (1935-36 and 1953-54)

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