How the glorious History of the Pittsburgh Penguins took its course …
The glorious History of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes its course on October 11, 1967, as the Penguins play their first-ever NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Civic Arena, better known as “The Igloo”. And even though Pittsburgh lost 2-1, it was “A Great Day For Hockey” for the 9.307 fans, watching the birth of Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey!
Andy Bathgate (1069 NHL Games, 349 Goals/624 Assists/973 Points) was the Penguins player, who scored the lone Pittsburgh goal and therefor Penguins’ first NHL goal scorer (assisted by Noel Price & Ab McDonald)! Bathgate scored 59 Points (20 Goals/39 Assists) in 74 NHL Games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, after he was chosen in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played for the Vancouver Canucks in the following two seasons, but returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins for his final NHL season (1970-71), scoring 44 Points (15 Goals/29 Assists) in 76 Games.
Interesting side note: Bathgate’s grandson & namesake, Andy Bathgate, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th Round (#151 overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is currently playing for the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.
October 13, 1967, marks the day on which the Pittburgh Penguins celebrated their first-ever NHL victory with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues! The Penguins scored their first shorthanded goal through Ab McDonald (assisted by Andy Bathgate & Paul Andrea), as well as their first power play goal through Art Stratton (assisted by Keith McCreary & Gene Ubriaco). Earl Ingarfield decided the game with another power play goal, scoring the 3-1.
– Benedikt Bäumler