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1967 
Jun. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins franchise joins the National Hockey League.
Oct. 11 Penguins first NHL game was played at the Civic Arena vs Montreal. Penguins lose to Montreal, 2-1, with 9,307 fans on hand. Andy Bathgate scores the Penguins first goal.
Oct. 13 Penguins record first victory as they defeat St. Louis, 3-1, on the road.
Oct. 18 Andy Bathgate records first hat trick in club history vs Minnesota.
Oct. 21 Penguins record first home victory in a 4-2 win over Chicago and become the first expansion team to beat an established NHL team.
Nov. 4 Les Binkley records the club's first shutout, 1-0, vs California.
 
1968 
Feb. 3 Penguins first sellout at Civic Arena vs Toronto (12,563), in a 3-3 tie.
Mar. 22 Donald Parsons heads a Michigan group which purchases 80% of the Penguins franchise.
 
1970 
Apr. 1 Penguins defeat Philadelphia, 4-1, to clinch second place in the Western Division, putting them in the playoffs for the first time.
Apr. 8 Penguins defeat Oakland, 2-1, in the club's first playoff game.
May 21 Jack Riley, club's general manager for first three years is promoted to President and Coach Red Kelly is promoted to General Manager/Coach.
 
1971 
Mar. 3 Les Binkley records his 11th career shutout with Penguins which is still a club record.
Apr. 13 Michel Briere after a great rookie year, dies from injuries suffered in an auto accident on May 15, 1970.
Apr. 21 Thayer Potter heads a Pittsburgh group which buys the team.
 
1972 
Jan. 29 Red Kelly steps down as general manager, but remains coach, and Jack Riley regains general manager duties.
 
1973 
Jan. 30 Greg Polis wins MVP honors at NHL All-Star Game in New York after scoring two goals.
Nov. 13 Lowell MacDonald sets a club record for the fastest three goals with scores in a span of 4:17 vs. Cesare Maniago in a 5-2 Pittsburgh win over Minnesota.
 
1974 
Jan. 13 Jack Button is named general manager of the Penguins.
Sep. 13 Penguins obtain Rick Kehoe from Toronto for Blaire Stoughton and a first round draft choice in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft.
 
1975 
Jan. 22 Syl Apps named MVP in NHL All-Star game in Montreal after scoring two goals.
Feb. 22 Penguins defeat St. Louis, 3-2, to establish a 20-game home unbeaten streak, which is still a club record.
Mar. 8 Ron Stackhouse records the fourth six assist game by a defenseman in NHL history in the Pens 8-2 win over the Flyers at the Igloo. (Two other defenseman have since accomplished this feat.)
Jun. 13 Pittsburgh Penguins declare bankruptcy after 8 years of existence and have the doors of the Civic Arena padlocked by the IRS.
Jul. 11 Albert Savillo, Otto Frenzel, and Wren Blair buy Penguins.
Jul. 29 Marc Boileau rehired as coach.
 
1976 
Mar. 24 Jean Pronovost becomes the first Penguin to score 50 goals in a season and Perre Larouche becomes first Penguin to record 100 points in a season in a 5-5 tie vs. Boston.
Dec. 3 Aldege "Baz" Bastien named club's general manager.
 
1977 
Oct. 19 Bob Prince debuts as the club's television play-by-play announcer.
 
1978 
Apr. 5 Edward J. DeBartolo takes control of the club, having purchased one-third of the franchise the year before.
 
1979 
Apr. 14 George Ferguson scores in OT to eliminate Buffalo in the preliminary round of the playoffs.
 
1980 
Jan. 3 Penguins defeat NYI, 4-3, to gain first place in the Norris Division for the first time in club history.
Jan. 30 Black & tablewhite Uniform worn for first time vs St. Louis.
Dec. 13 Paul Gardner becomes first Penguins player to score four goals in one game in a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia.
 
1981 
Apr. 15 Mike Crombeen scores at 5:16 of second OT period to lead St. Louis to 4-3 win in the deciding game of the first round of the playoffs.
Jun. 3 Randy Carlyle named to NHL First All-Star Team.
Jun. 4 Randy Carlyle wins the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman and Rick Kehoe wins the Lady Byng Trophy as player who combines sportsmanship with a high standard of play.
Jul. 1 Edward J. DeBartolo takes over the Civic Arena.
 
1982 
Feb. 21 Penguins defeat the NY Islanders, 4-3, to break their then NHL-record 15-game winning streak.
Apr. 13 John Tonelli scores at 6:10 of OT to give the NY Islanders a 4-3 win in the final game of the first round of the playoffs.
 
1983 
Mar. 15 General Manager Baz Bastien dies as a result of an auto accident.
May 27 Ed Johnston is promoted to general manager.
 
1984 
Jun. 9 Penguins draft Mario Lemieux, Doug Bodger, and Roger Belanger in the first round of Entry Draft, marking the only time in club history that Pittsburgh selected more than one player in the first round. It is also the only time that the Penguins have chosen first overall.
Jun. 19 Mario Lemieux signs a contract with the Penguins.
 
1985 
Feb. 12 Mario Lemieux is named MVP in NHL All-Star Game in Calgary after scoring two goals and one assist.
Apr. 7 Mario Lemieux scored his 100th point to become the third rookie in NHL history to score 100 points or more points in a season.
Jun. 12 Mario Lemieux wins the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
 
1986 
May 26 Mario Lemieux wins the Lester B. Pearson Award which is presented by the Players' Association to the Outstanding Player in the NHL.
Oct. 9 Penguins open 20th Anniversary Season with a 5-4 win over Washington.
Oct. 22 Penguins defeat Buffalo, 5-4, in OT to extend their club record beginning of the season winning streak to seven games.
 
1987 
Jan. 30 Civic Arena hosts its first AHL Game since 1966 as Baltimore defeats Sherbrooke, 4-3.
May. 11 Penguins and Baltimore Skipjacks agree to terminate their working agreement.
May. 26 Penguins and Muskegon Lumberjacks of IHL sign a working agreement.
 
1988 
Feb. 9 Mario Lemieux is named MVP of NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis after scoring three goals, including the game winner in OT, and three assists.
Apr. 14 Tony Esposito is hired by the Penguins and assumes duties of VP and General Manager.
Jun. 8 Mario Lemieux wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer and Hart Memorial Trophy, as the league's MVP, becoming the first Penguin to win either award.
Jun. 15 Mario Lemieux wins the Lester B. Pearson Award for the second time in his career.
Dec. 31 Mario Lemieux becomes the first player in NHL history to score a goal at even strength, on the power play, short-handed, on a penalty shot and into an empty net in one game.
 
1989 
Apr. 25 Mario Lemieux ties two NHL playoff Records with five goals and eight points in one playoff game vs Philadelphia in the Penguins' 10-7 win.
Jun. 7 Mario Lemieux wins his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 199 points.
Oct. 31 Mario Lemieux begins a 46-game scoring streak (39G-64A, 103pts), second longest in NHL history, that lasts until February 14, 1990.
Dec. 5 Craig Patrick is named General Manager/Head Coach replacing Tony Esposito and Gene Ubriaco.
 
1990 
Jan. 21 Pittsburgh's Civic Arena plays host to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time and Penguins' center Mario Lemieux wins the MVP award. Lemieux scores four goals on his way to his third All-Star MVP award.
Feb. 14 Mario Lemieux's 46-game point scoring streak is halted at the NY Rangers as he leaves the game midway in second period with a back injury. Lemieux would miss the next 21 games before returning for the final game of the year.
Jun. 12 Bob Johnson is hired as the head coach and Scott Bowman is named as director of development and recruitment.
Dec. 22 Paul Coffey records his 1,000th career NHL point at New York against the Islanders.
 
1991 
Mar. 26 Penguins win their first division title, capturing the Patrick Division crown with a 7-4 win at Detroit.
Apr. 13 Michel Briere, the Pens first star, dies from injuries suffered in an car accident.
Apr. 25 With a 4-1 win vs Washington, the Penguins win their first Patrick Division Playoff Championship.
May 11 The Penguins earn the right to play for their first Stanley Cup Championship, beating the Boston Bruins to capture their first Wales Conference Championship.
May 25 With an 8-0 Tom Barrasso shutout victory over the Minnesota North Stars, the Penguins become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in their 24-year history. Ulf Samuelsson scores Cup-clinching goal.
Jun. 24 The Penguins visit the White House and meet President George Bush, becoming the first NHL team invited to the White House.
Aug. 29 Penguins Head Coach Bob Johnson is diagnosed with brain tumors, and has emergency surgery that night.
Oct. 1 Scott Bowman is named interim head coach.
Oct. 19 Stanley Cup Championship Banners are raised at the Civic Arena in a pre-game ceremony.
Oct. 26 In a game against the NY Islanders, Paul Coffey records his 1,053rd career point to become the NHL's All-Time leading scorer among defensemen, passing Denis Potvin.
Nov. 19 The National Hockey League confirms Howard Baldwin, Morris Belzberg, and Thomas Ruta as new Penguins ownership.
Nov. 26 Bob Johnson passes away at his home in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 60. He dies of cancer.
Nov. 27 Penguins honor the memory of late coach Bob Johnson in a candlelight ceremony during game vs. New Jersey
 
1992 
Jan. 18 Pittsburgh has a record five players in the NHL All-Star Game at Philadelphia. Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Jaromir Jagr, and Paul Coffey are named to the starting Wales Conference lineup while Bryan Trottier is added to the team in the veteran's category.
Jan. 30 Craig Patrick is signed to a five-year contract as general manager and executive vice president.
Mar. 24 Mario Lemieux records his 1,000th career NHL point at Detroit, in only his 513th career game, becoming the second fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history.
Mar. 28 Penguins win their second consecutive Patrick title win in a 4-1 victory at Washington.
Apr. 1 NHL players go on strike.
Apr. 10 NHL players' strike ends.
Apr. 12 NHL games resume after conclusion of the players' strike.
May 13 Penguins defeat the NY Rangers in six games to capture the Patrick Division Playoff Title.
May 23 Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins in four games to win the Wales Conference Championship for the second consecutive season.
Jun. 1 Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. Ron Francis scores Cup-clinching goal.
Jun. 11 Paul Martha joins a Pittsburgh law firm but remains Penguins' general counsel.
Jun. 12 Penguins unveil new team logo at a press conference.
Jun. 23 Bob Johnson, Rick Kehoe, and Jean Pronovost are named charter members of Penguins Hall of Fame.
Oct. 5 Mario Lemieux signs a multi-year contract.
Oct. 8 Stanley Cup Banners are raised in a pre-game ceremony at the Civic Arena.
Oct. 22 Formal inductions of the Charter members of the Penguins Hall of Fame are held in a pre-game ceremony.
 
1993 
Jan. 12 The Penguins announce that Mario Lemieux has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.
Mar. 2 Mario Lemieux returns to the Penguins lineup in Philadelphia after missing the previous 23 games.
Mar. 28 The Penguins win their second Patrick Division Title with a 4-1 victory at Washington.
Apr. 3 Penguins win their first ever Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team with a 5-3 win at Quebec.
Apr. 9 Penguins set an NHL record for the longest winning streak in NHL history, with their 16th consecutive win, a 10-4 victory at the NY Rangers. The Penguins extend the record to 17 games with a 4-2 win vs. the Rangers on April 10.
May 14 David Volek scores at 5:16 of OT to give the NY Islanders a 4-3 win in the deciding game of the Patrick Division Finals.
Jun. 15 Jack Kelley named Penguins President.
Jun. 17 Mario Lemieux wins the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Masterton Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award.
Jun. 17 Mario Lemieux is named to the NHL First All-Star Team while Tom Barrasso, Larry Murphy, and Kevin Stevens are named to the second All-Star team.
Jun. 29 The Penguins and the Russian Central Red Army Team announce a working agreement.
Oct. 28 Ron Francis records his 1,000th career NHL point against Quebec.
 
1994 
Feb. 15 Tom Barrasso sets record for the most wins by an American-born goal tender with his 253rd win vs. Winnipeg.
Mar. 30 Syl Apps is named to the Penguins Hall of Fame.
Apr. 11 The Penguins win their first Northeast Division Title, with a 4-0 win at Ottawa. Goaltender was Tom Barrasso.
May 4 Roy Mlakar is named Chief Operating Officer of Pittsburgh Sports Associates Holding Company.
May 4 The Penguins announce plans to build a practice and training facility located in the Southpointe development project in Washington County.
Jun. 28 Disney Sports Enterprises, Inc., joins in a three-way working agreement with the Penguins and Central Red Army Hockey Team.
Jun. 29 Penguins announce an advisory board to consist of former Connecticut Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., actor Michael Keaton, KBL General Manager Bill Craig, Pittsburgh Attorney Paul Martha, and businessmen Mike Farrell, Tony Liberati, Bernard S. Mars, and Bruce Robbins.
Aug. 29 Mario Lemieux announces that he will take a one year medical leave of absence.
Sep. 30 The NHL announces the postponement of the opening of the 1994-95 season.
 
1995 
Jan. 11 The NHL and the NHL Players' Association reach an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement.
Jan. 20 The 1994-95 season begins.
Feb. 4 The Penguins defeat Tampa Bay, 6-3, to tie a club record with their seventh consecutive victory from the start of the season.
Feb. 7 Joe Mullen records his 1,000th career point against the Florida Panthers, to become the first American-born player to record 1,000 or more points.
Feb. 16 The Penguins defeat the Hartford Whalers, 5-2, to extend their club record start of the season unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1).
Apr. 5 Syl Apps formally inducted into the Penguins Hall of Fame.
May 3 Jaromir Jagr records one assist against Florida, to win the 1994-95 NHL scoring title.
May 3 Ron Francis wins the NHL's plus/minus award with a plus 30 rating.
May 20 ICEOPLEX AT SOUTHPOINTE opens to the public.
Jul. 6 Jaromir Jagr named to the NHL First All-Star Team and Larry Murphy selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team.
Jul. 6 Ron Francis wins the Frank Selke trophy and the Lady Byng trophy.
Oct. 26 Mario Lemeiux scores his 500th career goal in a 7-5 win at the NY Islanders at 17:12 of the 3rd period against Tommy Soderstrom.
 
1996 
Feb. 23 Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr both score their 50th goals of the season in a 5-4 win over Hartford.
Apr. 24 Petr Nedved scores in the 4th overtime period to give Penguins a 3-2 win over Washington Capitals in Game Four of Division Semi-Final.
Apr. 26 Dave Burrows, Edward J. DeBartolo are named to the Penguins Hall of Fame.
Jun. 19 Mario Lemeiux wins his third Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and is also awarded the Lester B. Pearson trophy for the third time.
Jun. 27 Craig Patrick signs a new five-year contracr as the team's executive vice president and general manager.
Jun. 27 Elaine Heufelder is named to the Penguins Hall of Fame.
Nov. 30 Mario Lemieux becomes the ninth player in NHL history to record 1,400 points and Ron Francis becomes the ninth player to reach 900 assists vs. the Boston Bruins.
Dec. 28 Ron Francis records his 1,300th career point vs. the Buffalo Sabres.
 
1997 
Jan. 7 Jaromir Jagr records his 600th career point.
Jan. 15 Patrick Lalime sets the NHL record for best start by a rookie goaltender from the beginning of his career with a 3-0 win at Hartford. The win boosted his record to 13-0-2.
Jan. 21 Patrick Lalime sets the Penguins and NHL record for longest Penguins unbeaten streak with a 4-2 win vs. Calgary, running his record to 14-0-2.
Jan. 26 Mario Lemieux scores four goals in one period at Montreal, becoming the 11th player to accomplish this feat.
Feb. 4 Mario Lemieux scores his 600th NHL Career goal vs. the Vancouver Canucks, near the end of the 3rd period with a empty net goal. Lemieux becomes the second fastest and only the seventh player to reach the 600 career NHL goals mark.
Feb. 22 Mario Lemieux moved past Stan Mikita for sixth place on the NHL scoring list.
Mar. 3 Pens coach Eddie Johnson is demoted to a front office desk job and Craig Patrick is named Head Coach/GM once again.
Mar. 14 Joey Mullen scores his 500th NHL career goal to be the first American-born hockey player to ever reach 500 goals against Colorado.
Mar. 20 Patrick Lalime records his 20th win of the season, becoming the first Penguin rookie goaltender to reach 20 wins since the 1967-68 campaign when Les Binkley recorded 20.
Mar. 29 Ron Francis scores his 400th career goal vs. Los Angeles Kings, making the Penguins the first team to have players record their 400th, 500th and 600th goals in the same season.
Apr. 3 Mario Lemieux passes Bobby Hull for sixth place on the career list with his 611th vs. Hartford.
Apr. 23 The Penguins come back and win a game after being down 3-0 in the Stanely Cup Playoffs against the Flyers.
Apr. 23 Mario Lemieux scores on his final shot at the Civic Arena against the Flyers in the Playoffs. The crowd began chatting for Lemieux with 5 minutes remaining and came to its feet with 2:09 to play after a Lemieux video montage was shown on the Jumbotron scoreboard. Mario with just over a minute to go broke in Garth Snow and scored, bringing tears to many fans' eyes.
Apr. 26 Mario Lemieux plays his last NHL game, a 6-3 loss in game 5 of the East Quarter Finals against the Flyers, at Philadelphia.
May 8 Roger Marino officially joins the Penguins ownership group.
May 13 In a formal ceremony, Mayor Tom Murphy renamed Auditorium Place, the street encircling the Civic Arena, Mario Lemieux Place. The Civic Arena's address becomes 66 Mario Lemieux Place.
Jun. 12 Kevin Constantine is introduced as the Penguins new head coach.
Jun. 21 Pittsburgh Civic Arena hosts the NHL Entry Draft.
Nov. 17 Mario Lemieux inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame along with Bryan Trottier. Lemieux had the 3 year waiting period waived.
Nov. 19 Mario Lemieux number 66 is retired and raised to the Civic Arena rafters in a pre-game ceremony before a standing room only crowd of 17,145.
 
1998 
Jan. 29 Ron Francis records his 1,400th career point, becoming the 11th player to reach the mark.
Mar. 7 Ken Wregget records his 200th NHL win in a 6-4 win vs. Philadelphia.
Mar. 21 Ron Francis becomes the seventh player to record his 1,000th career assist, and the Penguins become the 10th NHL team to reach tje 1,000 win plateau with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mar. 29 Ron Francis passes Bryan Trottier and moves into ninth place on the NHL all-time scoring list with 1,426th career point.
Apr. 15 Jaromir Jagr records his 300th career goal vs. Tampa Bay. The Penguins clinch their third Northeast Division Championship (fifth division championship overall) with a 5-1 win over the Lightning.
Apr. 19 Jaromir Jagr collects his second NHL scoring title with 102 points (35+67).
Oct. 13 The Penguins file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
 
1999 
Jan. 5 Tom Barrasso passes Gump Worsley for 10th place on the all-time wins list with his 336th career victory.
Jan. 18 Kevin Hatcher appears in his 1,000th career game in Anaheim.
Jan. 31 Jaromir Jagr records his 800th career point with a goal vs. Montreal.
Feb. 21 Tom Barrasso appears in his 700th career game at Philadelphia.
Mar. 5 Jaromir Jagr records his 500th career assist vs. the Edmonton Oilers.
Apr. 17 Jaromir Jagr captures his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy, recording 127 points. Jagr wins his third scoring championship overall.
Jun. 24 Mario Lemieux's group is confirmed as the new ownership of the Penguins.
Jun. 24 Jaromir Jagr becomes the second Penguins' player to capture the Hart Trophy as the National hockey League's most valuable player. He also becomes the second to win the Lester B. Pearson Award.
Nov. 4 Jaromir Jagr records a point on the 15th consecutive Penguins goal, a new NHL record.
Nov. 26 Jaromir Jagr records his 900th career point in a 5-0 win against Ottawa.
Dec. 9 Herb Brooks is named 18th Head Coach in Penguins history, taking over from Kevin Constantine.
Dec. 15 Jaromir Jagr records his 66th career game-winning goal, and passes Mario Lemieux for the Penguins all-time record.
Dec. 30 Jaromir Jagr records seven points (3+4) in a 9-3 win over the NY Islanders.
 
2000 
Feb. 11 Martin Straka ties the team record by scoring two goals just seven seconds apart in a 3-3 tie against Edmonton.
Apr. 9 Jaromir Jagr wins his third consecutive Art Ross Trophy, and his fourth overall.
May. 4 The Penguins and Philadephia Flyers play the third-longest game in league history at 152:01. Philadelphia wins the game 2-1, in the fifth overtime. Penguins golatender Ron Tugnutt makes 70 saves in the loss.
Jun. 21 Ivan Hlinka is named 19th head coach of the penguins
Jun. 22 Jaromir Jagr wins his second Lester B. Pearson Award.
Sept. 15 The Penguins exhibition season opens with the first game ever the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena.
Sept. 16-23 The Penguins open their second week of 2000 training camp with an exhibition game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and spend the next week at the home of the AHL affiliate.
Oct. 7 The Penguins face-off against the Nashville Predators just outside of Tokyo, Japan to open up their 2000-01 season. Nashville comes away with a 3-2 victory.
Oct. 14 Jaromir Jagr records his first career four-goal game, and rookies Milan Kraft and Roman Simicek net thier first career NHL goals in the Pens' 8-6 win over the NY Rangers at Mellon Arena.
Nov. 11 USA Hockey announces that Penguins' general manager Craig Patrick will take on the same capacity for the 2002 US Olympic team, and former Penguins head coach and current scout Herb Brooks will coach the team.
Nov. 13 Former player and current Penguins assistant coach Joe Mullen is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Dec. 8 The Penguins announce that Mario Lemieux will attempt to make a comeback after three-and-a-half years in retirement.
Dec. 12 Lemieux makes the announcement official at a press conference, saying he is coming back to the league so that his young son Austin can watch him play. Lemieux states he has been working out privately with former teammate Jay Caufield for several weeks to get back in game shape.
Dec. 19 More than 500 people cram the bleachers to watch Lemieux in his first practice with the team.
Dec. 27 Lemieux returns to the Penguins active roster in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home, and puts three points (1+2) on the scoresheet. Pittsburgh wins the historic contest, 5-0.
Dec. 30 Lemieux notches four points (1+3) in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, giving him 1,500 points for his career. Jagr hits the 1,000 point mark in the same game.
 
2001 
Jan. 14 The Penguins re-acquire Kevin Stevens from the Philadelphia Flyers for John Slaney.
Feb. 7 & 10 Alexei Kovalev scores hat tricks in back-to-back games against the Flyers and Devils.
Mar. 22 Darius Kasparaitis and Alexei Kovalev are named to the Russian Olympic squad for the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.
Mar. 23 Mario Lemieux is named captain of the 2002 Canadian Olympic team.
Mar. 24 Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka are named to the 2002 Czech Republic Olympic team.
Mar. 31 The Penguins clinch their team record 11th straight post-season appearance with a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Apr. 8 Jagr finishes the season with 121 points to capture his fourth consecutive Art Ross Trophy (fifth overall) as the league's leading scorer. His 69 assists tie for league lead.
May. 8 Martin Straka scores in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 win in Game Six for the second round against the Sabres to send the series to a seventh game.
May. 10 Darius Kasparitis - who had one goal in 55 previous playoff games - beats Hasek in overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win. The victory secures a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils, the Pens fourth trip to a Conference Finals.
Dec. 11 Alexei Kovalev records his 500th career point in Washington.
 
2002 
Jan. 30 Mario Lemieux appears in his 807th game as a member of the Penguins, passing Jaromir Jagr for first place on the team's all-time games played list.
Feb. 27 Mario Lemieux records career point 1,600 on home ice against the Los Angeles Kings.
 
2003 
Feb. 8 Mario Lemieux records his 1,000 career assist in Boston against the Bruins.
Mar. 18 Martin Straka records his 500th NHL point against the Detroit Red Wings.
Apr. 15 Rick Kehoe is relieved of his head coaching duties.
Jun. 11 Eddie Olcyk is named Penguins' head coach.
Oct. 29 Mario Lemieux's assist on Dick Tarnstrom's first period goal gives him 1,700 points for his career.
 
2004 
Jun. 10 Former Penguins Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy are named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2004.
 
2005 
Jul. 22 The Penguins win the NHL Entry Draft Lottery, receiving the right to the first overall pick in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Jul. 30 The Penguins select Sidney Crosby with the first overall selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Oct. 5 Sidney Crosby appears in his first NHL game and records an assist in a 5-1 loss at New Jersey.
Dec. 15 Micheal Therrien is named Penguins head coach, replacing Eddie Olczyk.
 
2006 
Jan. 24 Mario Lemieux announces his retirement as a player from the NHL.
Apr. 17 Sidney Crosby becomes the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points with three assists in a 6-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Apr. 18 Sibney Crosby adds a goal and an assist against Toronto to finish as the youngest player in history to reach 102 points in a season.
May 25 Penguins hire Ray Shero as General Manager.
Jun. 24 Penguins select Jordan Staal with the second-overall pick at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Oct. 5 Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his third-career shutout with 40 saves against the Philadelphia Flyers on opening night at Mellon Areana. Fluery set an NHL record for number of saves in an opening-game shutout.
Oct. 12 Jordan Staal scorded his first NHL goal in a 6-5 road win against the NY Rangers.
Oct. 18 Evgeni Malkin made his NHL debut and scored a goal against New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.
Oct. 21 Staal (18 years, 41 days) became the youngest NHL player ever to score a pair of short-handed goals in one game, breaking the record set by Radek Dvorak (Florida) on Dec. 12, 1997 (20 years, 278 days).
Dec. 13 Sidney Crosby posted his first six-point game (1+5) of his career. The surge put him in the NHL scoring lead at only age 19. The only other teenager to hold the NHL lead in points at any time in the league's "modern era" was Gretzky, briefly near the end of the 1979-80 season and early in the 1980-81 campaign.
 
2007 
Mar. 6 Jordan Staal tallied his seventh short-handed goal of the year to set a new NHL rookie record.
Apr. 7 Evgeni Malkin won the rookie scoring title with 85 points to give the Penguins the overall points leader and rookie points leader. The last NHL team to finish a season with both was the 1959-60 Blackhawks. Bobby Hull won the Art Ross Trophy and Bill Hay led all rookies in points. Malkin is the first Penguins player to lead all rookies in scoring since Lemieux in 1984-85.
May 31 Sidney Crosby named Penguins captain. At 19 years, nine months (297 days) he is the youngest team captain in NHL history. Previously, the youngest captain in NHL history was Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, who was named captain in March, 2000, at age 19 years, 10 months (324 days).
Oct. 30 Evgeni Malkin reached 100 points for his NHL career.
Dec. 20 Mario Lemieux, a Hockey Hall of Famer, was selected to join the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in the player's category.
Dec. 23 Sidney Crosby is named TSN's Canadien Athlete of the Year.
 
2008 
Mar. 12 The Penguins reached the 40-win plateau for the second-striaght season and ninth time in thier history.
Apr. 29 The Penguins pushed their playoff winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 win in New York. The seven-straight wins are the most in franchise history to start a playoffs.
May 18 The Penguins improved their playoff record to 12:2. They are the 11th club since 1980 to enter the Stanley Cup Final with two losses or fewer.
Jun. 2 In one of the most-thrilling games in Penguins history, the team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to post a 4-3 win in triple overtime of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Max Talbot scored with 35 seconds left in regulation to knot the game at 3-all and Petr Sykora scored the winner 9:57 into the third overtime. It was the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Final history. Fleury stopped 55 of 58 shots he faced in the contest.
Jun. 4 Detroit hold on for a 3-2 win over the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to capture the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh.
Jun. 4 Sidney Crosby tied for the playoff lead with 27 points (6+21) in 20 games. Henrik Zetterburg had 27 points in 22 games. Crosby lead the playoffs with 21 assists. Fleury tied for the league lead with 14 wins and had a playoff-best .933 save percentage.
Oct. 2 The Penguins played a preseaon game in Helsinki, Finland, against Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League at Hartwell Arena. Pittsburgh won the game 4-1 on the strength of Sidney Crosby's three assists.
Oct. 4 The Penguins opened the season with back-tp-back games against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the NHL's Bridgestone NHL Primiere. The Penguins took the first game with a 4-3 overtime victory.
Oct. 18 Sidney Crosby netted a milestome hat trick in Pittsburgh's 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Crosby hit three career marks in the game with his 100th goal, 200th assist and 300th point.
Oct. 18 Evgeni Malkin notched his first hat trick at Mellon Arena and second of his career (Oct. 28, 2006 at Philadelphia). He added an assist for a four-point effort.
Nov. 29 CONSOL Energy Inc. and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced a 21-year deal for the naming rights for the new Pittsburgh multi-purpose arena. Consol Energy Center will be home to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2010-11 season.
Dec. 30 Sidney Crosby played in his 250th career game. Crosby has 114 goals and 230 assists for 344 points in his first 250 contests, sixth most in NHL history for a player at the 250-game juncture.
 
2009 
Jan. 13 Marc-Andre Fleury makes 2 saves to record his 89th career victory, surpassing Denis Heron (88), for third all-time on the Penguins' goaltender list.
Jan. 30 Evgeni Malkin scored his 100th career goal.
Feb. 11 Jordan Staal tallied an assist to record his 100th career point.
Feb. 15 Dan Bylsma was named Penguins interim head coach. Tom Fitzgerald joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Michel Therrien was relieved of his duties. Andre Savard was re-assigned within the organization.
Mar. 10 Bill Guering recorded his 400th career assist, becoming the eighth American-born player to join the 400/400 club.
Apr. 7 Evgeni Malkin tallied his 300th career point.
May 4 Game 2 of the conference semifinals featured dueling hat tricks between superstars. Both Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alex Ovechkin recorded their first career postseason hat tricks.
May 21 Evgeni Malkin posted his first career postseason hat trick in Pittsburgh's 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He added an assist for a four-point effort.
June 12 Max Talbot scored both Pittsburgh goals in a 2-1 Game 7 victory at Detroit to lift the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.
Jun. 12 The Penguins become the fourth team in NHL history to rebound from a 2-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final to win the title.
Jun. 12 Evgeni Malkin was named the Conn Smythe winner as postseason MVP, the third youngest recipient of the award, after posting 36 postseason points (14G-11A).
Jun. 12 Evgeni Malkin became the fifth player in NHL history since expansion to win the regular-season and post-season scoring title, and first since Mario Lemieux (1992).
Jun. 12 Sidney Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to a Stanley Cup Championship.
Jun. 15 Nearly 400,000 fans packed the streets of downtown Pittsburgh for the Penguins' Stanley Cup victory parade.
Sep. 10 The Penguins visit President Barack Obama at the White House.
Oct. 2 The Penguins raise the 2009 Stanley Cup championship banner as part of a spectacular pregame ceremony in their final home opener at Mellon Arean. Pittsburgh then beat the NY Rangers 3-2.
Nov. 19 Captain Sidney Crosby becomes one of 12,000 Canadiens to carry the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch when he marches with the torch for three miles through downtown Halifax in his native province of Nove Scotia, Canada.
 
2010 
Feb. 16 The Penguins send five Olympians to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver; Brooks Orpik (United States); Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury (Canada); Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar (Russia).
Apr. 8 The Penguins defeat the NY Islanders 7-3, in the final regular-season contest at Mellon Arena. Prior to the game the Penguins hold a ceremony honoring more then 50 alumni, including Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, Craig Patrick and Larry Murphy.
Apr. 8 Bill Guerin scores the final goal in regular-season history at Mellon Arena, when he tallies 1:46 into the third period. Pascal Dupuis and Sidney Croaby pick up the assists.
Apr. 11 Sidney Crosby scores his 50th and 51st goals of the seaon to win his forst-ever Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL goal-scoring leader. Crosby is the second Penguin (Mario Lemieux) to lead the league in goals, and eighth Penguin to score 50 goals.
May 12 Despite goals from Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal, the Penguins fall to the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in what proves to be the final game in the history of Mellon Arena, Staal scores the Penguins' final goal in the second period. Montreal's Brian Gionta tallies the final goal at the 10-minute mark of the third period.
Jul. 27 Hall of Fame owner Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby become the people to skate on the ice at CONSOL Engery Center.
Aug. 2 The Penguins officially take operating control of the CONSOL Engery Center.
Aug. 18 Sir Paul McCartney offically opens CONSOL Energy Center by performing his "Up and Coming 2010 Tour" as part of the arena's Grand Opening Concert.
Sep. 18 The Penguins hold their first oppicial practice at CONSOL Energy Center when the team takes the ice for the first day of traingin camp.
Sep. 22 The Penguins defeat Detroit, 5-1, in the first-ever (preseason) hockey game at CONSOL Energy Center.
Oct. 7 The Penguins officially open CONSOL Energy Center as players and coaches enter the arena through a red-carpet ceremony. Hall of Famer owner Mario Lemieux consludes a riveting pregame ceremony by pouring water from the Mellon Arena ice onto the new surface at center ice.
Oct. 7 The Penguins fall, 3-2, to Philadelphia in the first-ever regular-season game at CONSOL Energy Center.
Oct. 15 Alex Gologoski's overtime game-winning goal secures a 3-2 defeat of the NY Islanders and the Penguins' first-ever win at CONSOL Energy Center.
Nov. 17 The Penguins' consecutive sellout streak tops the three-million fan mark (3,018,894).
Dec. 15 Episode One of BHO Sports' "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" - a four-part reality TV series - debuts.
 
2011 
Jan. 1 The Penguins play host to the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field in the fourth NHL Winter Classic. Washington win the game, 4-1.
Mar. 12 The Penguins celebrate their 200th consecutive sellout (including playoffs) against Montreal.
Jun. 22 Dan Bylsma becomes the first head coach in franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's "most outstanding coach."
Nov. 21 Sidney Crosby tallies two goals and two assists in his return from a 61-game absence due to a consussion in a 5-0 defeat of the NY Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.
 
2012 
Jan. 13 Dan Bylsma becomes the second-winningest coach in franchise history with his 136th career victory in a 4-1 win at Florida.
Apr. 7 Evgeni Malkin captures his second Art Ross Trophy as NHL Scoring champion with his 50th goal and 109th point in a 4-2 win vs. Philadelphia.
Jun. 20 Evgeni Malkin becomes just the ninth player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring leader), Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA most outstanding player) in the same season at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
Jun. 22-23 The Penguins host the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center - the second time in team history the franchise hosted the draft. On June 22, the Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8-overall selection - which they used to select defenseman Derrick Pouliot. With their other first-round pick the Penguins chose defenseman Olli Maatta.
Jul. 1 Captain Sidney Crosby signs a 12-year contract extension to keep him with the franchise through the 2024-25 season.
 
2013 
Jan. 19 Marc-Andre Fleury notches his 227th career regular-season win in a 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers, establishing a franchise record.
Mar. 26-Apr. 2 The Penguins record three straight shutouts for the first time in franchise history between March 26-30. Tomas Vokoun and Marc-Andre Fleury combine to post the longest shutout sequence (218:48) in team history between March 24 and April 2.
Mar. 30 The Penguins win 15 consecutive games between March 2-30, establishing the second-largest (tied) winning streak in NHL History. Pittsburgh becomes the first team in NHL History to post a perfect record (15-0) over a full calender month (min: 10 games).
Apr. 2 Brooks Orpik appears in his 622nd career game against the Buffalo Sabres - most amoung defenseman in franchise history.
Jun. 13 Evgeni Malkin agrees to terms on an eight-year contract extension to keep him with the franchise through the 2021-22 season.
Jun. 14-15 Sidney Crosby wins the Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA most outstanding player) and Ray Shero is voted NHL General Manager of the Year.
Jun. 28-29 Dan Bylsma is named head coach of the 2014 United States Olympic hockey team. Ray Shero is named the team's associate general manager.
Jul. 2 Kris Letang agrees to terms on an eight-year contract extension to keep him with the franchise through the 2021-22 season..
Nov. 27 The Penguins celebrate their 300th-consecutive sell out with a 6-5 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at CONSOL Energy Center.
 
2014 
Jan. 7 Head coach Dan Bylsma becomes the winningest coach in franshise history when he collects his 233rd career win during Pittsburgh's 5-4 sellout win at Vancouver.
Feb. 22-23 Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz capture gold medals with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi. Jussi Jokienen and Olli Maatta earn Bronze medals with Finland.
Apr. 13 Sidney Crosby wins his second career Art Ross Trophy after collecting a league-high 104 points. He went on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player as voted by his peers.
May 4-5 Marc-Andre Fleury becomes the first goaltender in franchise history to record back-to-back playoff shutouts in Games 2 and 3 against the NY Rangers in the second round. Prior to this, the Penguins had never posted consecutive shutouts as a team.
Jun. 6 Jim Rutherford is named Penguins executive vice president and general manager.
Jun. 25 Mike Johnston is named head coach of the Penguins.
Jun. 25 Marc-Andre Fleury becomes the third-youngest (29 years, 361 days) and third-fastest (547 games) goalie to 300 games as the Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in overtime, at TD Gardens.
Nov. 26 Sidney Crosby becomes the sixth-fastest player (571 games) in NHL History to record 800 points with an assist against the Toronto Maple Leafs at CONSOL Energy Center.
Dec. 6 Craig Adams appears in his 314th consecutive game in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win against Ottawa, surpassing Ron Schock to establish the longest consecutive games played streak in team history (streak ends at 319 games).
 
2015 
Mar. 12 Evgeni Malkin collected his 700th career NHL point with an assist against the Edmonton Oilers at CONSOL Energy Center.
Mar. 24 Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange is honored by the Penguins prior ro a game against the St. Louis Blues, celebrating his 40th year as the 'voice of the Penguins'.
Jul. 1 The Penguins acquire Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and a 2016 conditional second-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, a 2016 third-round draft pick and a 2016 conditional first-round draft pick.
Aug. 14 The Penguins and UPMC officially open the UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry, PA. The state-of-the-art venue serves as a practice rink for the Penguins, as a medical and rehabilitation facility and a home to the Penguins Elite travel hockey program.
Sep. 29 The Penguins defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2 in the first-ever Kraft Hockeyville USA exhibition game at the War Memorial Arens in Johnstown, Pa. Fans across the country chose Johnstown during a nationwide vote. War Memorial Arena was given $150,000 for arens upgrades as a result from winning.
Dec. 12 Mike Sullivan is named head coach of the Penguins.
 
2016 
Arpil 7 The Penguins establish a franchise-record eight-game road winning streak thanks to a 4-3 overtime win in Washington on a Sidney Crosby goal.
May 4 Patric Hornqvist scores 2:34 into overtime to the Penguins a 3-2 win in Game 4 against the Washington Ca[itals, the first-ever playoff overtime win at CONSOL Energy Center.
June 12 Kris Letang's second-period goal gives the Penguins the lead for food in a 3-1 victory in Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks, helping Pittsburgh win the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup championship at the SAP Center at San Jose.
June 12 Sidney Crosby wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. Goalie Matt Murray earns his 15th win of the playoffs, equaling the NHL playoff record for wins by a rookie goaltender.
June 15 The City of Pittsburgh celebrates the Penguin's Stanley Cup vicotry by hosting a parade through downtown. Over 400,000 fans came out to support the team.
June 22 Jim Rutherford is crowned the NHL General Manager of the Year at the annual NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Ten days earlier, Rutherford became the first GM in the post-1967 NHL Expansion Era to lead two different franchises to Stanley Cup champioships (Carolina, 2006).
Sep. 14 The Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center host a World Cup exhibition doubleheader between the Czech Republic and North America during the afternoon, and Canada versus Russia at night.
Sep. 29 Sidney Crosby captains Canada to a victory in the World Cup of Hockey. Crosby wins tournament MVP after leading the tournament in goals (7), points (10) and plus-minus (+8).
Oct. 4 PPG Paints signs a 20 year-partnership for the naming rights to the Penguins' home facility, which will be called PPG Paints Arena.
Oct. 6 President Barack Obama welcomes the Penguins to the White House to celebrate the club's 2015-16 Stabley Cup championship. The Penguins became the first team (2009) and last team to visit the White House during Obama's tenure.
Oct. 13 The Penguins raise their 2015-16 Stanley Cup championship banner before defeating the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in a shootout.
Dec. 26 Head coach Mike Sullivan signs a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 campaign.
 
2017 
Jan. 27 Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Coffey, ROn Francis, Bryan Trottier and Luc Robitaille are selected as seven of the NHL's 200 Greatest Players as part of the league's Centennial Celebration at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Those seven join the previously-announced Andy Bathgate and Tim Horton as Penguins players selected to the prestigious group.
Feb. 16 Sidney Crosby becomes the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points when he set up a Chris Kunitz goal 6:28 minutes into a game against Winnipeg at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby accomplished the feat in 757 games, making him the fastest active player, and 12th-fastest all-time, to hit that milestone. To cap the evening, Crosby scored the OT game-winning goal, setting a team record with his 23rd overtime point, in a 4-3 Penguins victory.
Feb. 25 Sidney Crosby opens the scoring and rookie Jake Guentzel adds a pait of assists, as the Penguins defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, in a Stadium Series matchup at Heinz Field. The outdoor game attracted 67,318 patrons on a chilly evening. HeinzField became the first repeat host of an outdoor contest.
April 20 Marc-Andre Fleury stops 49 of the 51 shots he faces in a 5-2 series-clinching defeat of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the First Round. The victory was the 57th og Fleury's playoff career, establishing a Penguins team record.
May 8 Sidney Crosby sets a club playoff record by picking up his 97th career assist when he set up a Jake Guentzel tally against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena.
May 10 Goals by Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist were more than enough offense in a 2-0 victory in Game 7 of the Second Round against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The Pens improve to 6-0 all-time in Game 7s on the road.
May 25 Chris Kunitz scored 5:09 minutes into a second overtime to seal a 3-2 win for the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at PPG Paints Arena, sending the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final. Kunitz joins Darius Kasparaitis as the only players in team history to score and overtime goal in Game 7.
June 8 Jake Guentzel's assist on Conor Sheary's goal was Guentzel's 21st point of the 2017 playoffs, equaling the NHL rookie record originally set by Dino Ciccarelli and matched by Ville Leino.
June 11 The Penguins defeat the Nashville Predators, 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to become the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Pittsburgh's fifth Cup victory ties the Edmonton Oilers for the most wins by a non-Original Six franchise. Patriv Hornqvist scores the Cup-clinching goal with just 1:35 remaining in the third perriod.
June 11 Sidney Crosby captures the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs for a second-straight season. He joins Mario Lemieux (1991-92) as the only players in NHL history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
June 11 Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury and Chris Kunitz with their thrid Stanley Cup together, making them the only players in team hostory to win three champioships as players with the Pens.
June 14 An estimated 650,000 fans jam Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and Point State Park to celebrate the Penguins' fifth Stanley Cup Championship parade.
June 21 Sidney Crosby collects the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the second time in his career after leading the NHL with 44 goals in 2016-17.