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The pittsburgh penguins and the national hockey league

The Pittsburgh Press We salute the designer of the Pittsburgh Penguins logo for accomplishing the seemingly impossible: Transforming a flightless, waddling bird into an aggressive, determined and intimidating beast with a hockey stick.

  1. Zadina was the sixth overall pick in the June draft.
  2. Jack Campbell allowed six goals on 19 shots in two periods, and Calvin Peterson stopped 11 of 12 shots in the third.
  3. In the years since, Pittsburgh and its hockey team have redefined what it means to be a penguin — at least here in Western Pennsylvania. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do.
  4. Naming of the team was a public affair. The Hornets won the final game 4-3 in overtime.

We wonder what that designer could do with an aardvark. The question crossed our minds earlier this week when we came across a 1967 Post-Gazette article about the naming of our favorite National Hockey League team. Unthreatening animals were a theme, of sorts. One name put forward: But that name was unavailable — it belonged to the AFL franchise that was moving out to make way for the as-yet-unnamed National Hockey League expansion team. Naming of the team was a public affair.

  • Jack Campbell allowed six goals on 19 shots in two periods, and Calvin Peterson stopped 11 of 12 shots in the third;
  • Alex Nylander scored for Buffalo;
  • In the years since, Pittsburgh and its hockey team have redefined what it means to be a penguin — at least here in Western Pennsylvania;
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  • Naming of the team was a public affair.

Three organizations — the Post-Gazette, the Hockey Club of Pittsburgh and Mellon National Bank — conducted a contest in which Pittsburghers were asked to send in suggestions. Hockey fans dropped names into boxes at the Civic Arena and Mellon Bank. Others were sent to the PG.

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In all, contest organizers were flooded with 26,400 entries. Some of the suggestions were predictable. Among them the Pipers, the Pioneers and the Golden Triangles. Others, like the Zeniths and the Queens, caused a bit of head scratching.

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Entries were sent to a selection committee that eventually chose a name submitted by 716 different people. The winner, of course: In the years since, Pittsburgh and its hockey team have redefined what it means to be a penguin — at least here in Western Pennsylvania. The 1966-67 season was the end of the line for the Hornets. The team was leaving town to make way for the Penguins. The Hornets won the final game 4-3 in overtime.

Well, slightly over 5,000 fans attended the final game at the Civic Arena. Half the seats were empty.

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Those who did show up were a devoted lot. Upon leaving the arena, one young fan gave a thought to the future. Today, we believe we could give him an answer. You might also want to see.

  • Kapanen connected on a 2-on-1 break with Par Lindholm;
  • The Hornets won the final game 4-3 in overtime.