Vintage photos of the Pittsburgh Penguins through 1997
For the 10th consecutive year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in the NHL playoffs.
The team has a total 32 post-season appearances and four Stanley Cup wins in its 49-year history.
Pittsburgh got its team during the league expansion in 1967, which also produced the Philadelphia Flyers, California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues.
In 1970, the Penguins defeated the Flyers to earn the team’s first spot in the playoffs. Standout center Michel Briere was injured in a car crash two weeks after that success and died in 1971.
The Penguins introduced black and gold uniforms in 1980.
Other highlights include the reign of center Mario Lemieux. After he was drafted in 1984, the team again was a force to be reckoned with. The Penguins won their first two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. Lemieux’s jersey number was retired during a ceremony in 1997.
This historical look at the team goes through 1997, but the Pens won the Stanley Cup again in 2009 and 2016 with captain Sidney Crosby, the youngest captain to lead his team to the cup.