Written by: Katherine

Date: May 11, 2021

Pittsburgh Penguins
Image: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburg Penguins [wikimedia]

About This Quiz

Based in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team. Created in 1967, during the NHL expansion, the Penguin’s played for most of their history in the Civic Arena, affectionately called the “The Igloo” by the fans, this trivia will bring you some nostalgic feelings about the glory times of the team. But at the end of 2009, they moved into a new arena, the Consol Energy Center.

Only in 1980 did the white, black, and gold uniforms become official after using blue and white for many years. It was a result of the colors being the same that all other teams in the city had, so the league approved the change.

During 1982-83 and 1983-84, the team suffered from the two worst seasons of its history. Even rumors about bankruptcy and closing the franchise swirled around the team after these seasons. But in 1984 everything changed. In that year’s draft, the young phenomenon that would change the Penguins’ history was selected. Mario Lemieux.

Even though Lemieux’s numbers were impressive, he wouldn’t win the title until the 1990-91 season. A team led by Lemieux, Francis, Jágr, and others managed to win the second championship, along with taking the cup title in the following year.

In 2004, and 2005, by drafting Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Penguins managed to return to the top. Mario Lemieux was Malkin and Crosby’s mentor in his last years being players for the club. Although Lemieux left Crosby the captain’s armband, he refused it because he claimed he was too young. But only a year later, he became captain of the team, with just 19 years old. At the age of 21 in 2009-10, Crosby was the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup, with the help of promising players like Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby again led the team to the title in 2016, leading a young team of players who contributed greatly to the title, like Alex Ovechkin, Derick Brassard, and the star Phil Kessel.

Even though Pittsburgh has been involved with hockey for generations and has always had a solid and loyal fan base, the Penguins struggled in the early years with fan support. With a seating capacity of more than 16,000, Civic Arena would average a total of 6,000 fans per game at times. That’s why NHL had no problem with the team being relocated. Pittsburgh’s Penguins team today is an NHL mainstay, especially among American teams outside the Original Six and considered second behind the Steelers among Pittsburgh’s three major professional sports franchises. Did you know all of that? We doubt! Only an extremely passionate fan could know all of this about the Penguins. Take this quiz and prove to us the amazing fan you are!

What is the Pittsburgh Penguins' record for most most regular season wins in a single season?

  • 50
  • 51
  • 53
  • 56

The Penguins franchise is most commonly known as what?

  • Frosties
  • Pens
  • Oreos
  • Guins

What is the Penguins' mascot named?

  • Pingu
  • Mr Freeze
  • Captain Waddles
  • Iceburgh

Which of the following defensemen have earned the most points while playing for the Penguins?

  • Paul Coffey
  • Kris Letang
  • Randy Carlyle
  • Sergei Gonchar

Which of the following players was the team's first regular starting goalie in their first season?

  • Denis Herron
  • Les Binkley
  • Gilles Meloche
  • Jim Rutherford

Which Penguins player had the nickname "Whitey"?

  • Mark Eaton
  • Greg Polis
  • Ken Schinkel
  • Wayne Bianchin

In the 2017 Expansion Draft, which of the following Penguins players went to the Vegas Golden Knights?

  • Brian Dumoulin
  • Deryk Engelland
  • Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Matt Murray

What year did the Penguins win their first playoff series?

  • 1968
  • 1970
  • 1974
  • 1976

Which team defenseman once had a stroke and missed six weeks of playing with the team?

  • Paul Coffey
  • Kris Letang
  • Randy Carlyle
  • Sergei Gonchar

In 2013, in a game against the Boston Bruins, Penguins defender Brooks Orpik was hit in the head and concussed. The Bruins player that did this was suspended for 15 games. Who was he?

  • Brad Marchand
  • Shawn Thornton
  • Zdeno Chara
  • Milan Lucic

Johan Hedberg, goaltender for the Penguins, played for which team during the 2002 Winter Olympics?

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden

During the NHL's first Winter Classic, the Penguins played against the Buffalo Sabres. Which center scored the game-winning goal?

  • Evgeni Malkin
  • Matt Cooke
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Jordan Staal

Goaltender Al Smith was chosen in the NHL Intraleague Draft in 1969. Which team was he claimed from?

  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • New York Rangers
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Who was the Penguins' first general manager?

  • Scotty Bowman
  • Punch Imlach
  • Al Arbour
  • Jack Riley

Which of the following Penguins players later went on to become the coach of the Finnish national hockey team?

  • Doug Shedden
  • George Ferguson
  • Gregg Sheppard
  • Dave Hannan

Which of the following pairs were former Penguins players and currently are employed as assistant coaches for the team?

  • Kevin Stevens and Paul Coffey
  • Bill Guerin and Zarley Zalapski
  • Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar
  • John Cullen and Ulf Samuelsson

Which jersey number has been worn by 34 Penguins players?

  • 9
  • 11
  • 23
  • 31

During which season did the Penguinsn lead the NHL in points and earn their first Presidents' Trophy?

  • 1969-70
  • 1976-77
  • 1985-86
  • 1992-93

Among all the NHL teams, where do the Penguins rank in terms of most Stanley Cup championships won?

  • 2nd
  • 7th
  • 10th
  • 15th

For a while, the Penguins ran through a series of coaches that didn't last more than a single season. How many in a row did they have before they found a coach that lasted longer?

  • 7
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5

During the 1967 season, the Penguins traded one player in return for four players from the NY Rangers. Which player did they trade?

  • Art Stratton
  • Roy Edwards
  • Larry Jeffrey
  • Al McNeil

Which player did the Penguins trade Rob Scuderi for before they went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2015-16?

  • Trevor Daley
  • Carl Hagelin
  • Conor Sheary
  • Justin Schultz

Penguins captain Jean Pronovost scored more than 40 goals in a season for how many seasons?

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4