- the Pittsburgh Penguins open their second week of training camp with an exhibition game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (home of their AHL affiliate)
Prior to this preseason game and the 2000-01 season, Ivan Hlinka replaced Herb Brooks as the Penguins head coach after Brooks resigned at the end of previous season, but remained in the organization as a scout. Former Pittsburgh Penguins players, Joey Mullen and Randy Hillier, served as assistant coaches.
It also kicked off Pittsburgh’s 34th year in the National Hockey League (NHL).
This was also the season that Mario Lemieux announced that he would come out of from retirement and return to the ice as a player. His banner was lowered prior to the game on December 27, 2000 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he officially returned to play for the Penguins.
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TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender recorded a team-record 15 ties in the 1977-78 season?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
Mario Lemieux, Joey Mullen, and Mark Recchi
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