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The Chicago Coliseum (pictured in a 1910 postcard), the Black Hawks' home arena from 1926 to 1929
Interior of Chicago Stadium in February 1930, prior to a game between the Hawks and the Boston Bruins; the Black Hawks moved into the arena during the 1929–30 season.
Ron Murphy and Eric Nesterenko battle in front of the Toronto net
Goaltender Tony Esposito tallied a franchise-high 418 wins between 1969 and 1983.
The Blackhawks moved to the United Center (pictured in 2006) in the middle of the 1994–95 season.
Jonathan Toews (pictured in 2009), named captain before the season started, became the youngest player to captain the Hawks at age 20.
The Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings at the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
Chicago skyline with the CNA Center showing the Blackhawks logo, the Smurfit-Stone Building reading "Go Hawks", and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower reading "Hawks win" the night after the 2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, viewed from the Petrillo Music Shell lawn in Grant Park.
The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks meet President Obama at the White House.
The Blackhawks played the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field for game four of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series.
The Hawks faced the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic.
The Blackhawks have donned Camouflage practice jerseys for Veterans Day to show support for servicemen since 2009.
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Jim Cornelison sings the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the United Center
The Blackhawks unveiled a sculpture honoring Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, and Denis Savard in 2000.
Stan Mikita is the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer with 1,467 career points.

The Chicago Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks until 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago.

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The Chicago Coliseum (pictured in a 1910 postcard), the Black Hawks' home arena from 1926 to 1929

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Eddie Shore as a member of the Boston Bruins. After the WHL collapsed in 1926, the Bruins purchased the rights to some of their players, including Shore.

Boston Bruins

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The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston.

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston.

Eddie Shore as a member of the Boston Bruins. After the WHL collapsed in 1926, the Bruins purchased the rights to some of their players, including Shore.
Tiny Thompson was the goaltender for the Bruins from 1928 to 1938. He helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 1929.
In 1951, Walter A. Brown purchased the Boston Bruins from Weston Adams.
Terry O'Reilly was drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in the 1971 draft. He played his entire career with the Bruins from 1971 to 1985.
Ray Bourque, shown in 1981 and before switching to his familiar No. 77, led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1988 and 1990.
The Bruins acquired Zdeno Chara on July 1, 2006, naming him the new team captain.
David Krejci during the 2007–08 season. Younger players on the Bruins roster, including Krejci, broke out during that season.
The Bruins celebrate after winning the 2010 NHL Winter Classic. For the game, the Bruins hosted the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park.
Milan Lucic with the Stanley Cup after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
Patrice Bergeron scored two of Boston's four goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals
The Bruins were the 2013 Eastern Conference champions, their second Conference title in three years.
Charlie McAvoy and other players warming up prior to a game in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Former Bruins winger and current president Cam Neely, and owner Jeremy Jacobs.
Blades the Bruin serves as the official mascot for the Boston Bruins.
Banners of the Bruins' retired numbers hang at the Garden.
Recording 793 points as a Bruin, Wayne Cashman is the eighth-highest point leader in the franchise.
Phil Esposito holds the franchise record for most goals in a season (76) and most points in a season (152).

The Bruins are one of the Original Six NHL teams, along with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Team photo from Detroit's inaugural season (1926–27). The franchise was known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926 to 1930.

Detroit Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings (colloquially referred to as the Wings) are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit.

The Detroit Red Wings (colloquially referred to as the Wings) are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit.

Team photo from Detroit's inaugural season (1926–27). The franchise was known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926 to 1930.
Making his NHL debut in 1946, Gordie Howe played alongside Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay from 1947 to 1951, forming the Production Line.
Team photo of the 1952 Detroit Red Wings
In On December 27, 1979, the Detroit Red Wings played their first game at Joe Louis Arena, moving from the Detroit Olympia.
Named team captain in 1986, Steve Yzerman captained the Red Wings until his retirement in 2006.
The Red Wings were invited to the White House in November 2002, after winning the Stanley Cup.
Red Wings during a game in the 2005–06 season. The Red Wings would go on to win that season's Presidents' Trophy.
Niklas Kronwall handing over the Stanley Cup after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.
Nicklas Lidstrom during the 2009–10 season. Named captain in 2006, he maintained the position until his retirement in 2012.
Ken Holland and Mike Babcock named Henrik Zetterberg as the team captain in 2013.
During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena was adorned with a giant octopus, nicknamed Al. This stems from a fan tradition.
The banners of retired numbers hanging at Joe Louis Arena.
Recording six shutouts during the 2002 playoffs, Dominik Hasek set the franchise record for the most shutouts in a single postseason.

However, the Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Red Wings in the Finals, winning the best-of-five series in four games to claim their first title.

The Philadelphia Quakers was the first NHL franchise in the city. The Quakers played during the 1930–31 season.

Philadelphia Flyers

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The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Quakers was the first NHL franchise in the city. The Quakers played during the 1930–31 season.
The Spectrum was the home arena for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1967 to 1996.
Ed Snider, the team's co-founder
Jersey of goaltender Bernie Parent who played for the Flyers from 1967–68 to 1970–71, and again from 1973–74 to 1978–79.
Bobby Clarke played for the Flyers from 1969–70 to 1983–84
Rick MacLeish played for the Flyers from 1970-71 to 1980-81 and again in 1983-84
Bill Barber played for the Flyers from 1972–73 to 1983–84
Brian Propp played for the Flyers from 1979-80 to 1989-90
Mark Howe played for the Flyers from 1982–83 to 1991–92
Ron Hextall played for the Flyers from 1986–87 to 1991–92, and again from 1994–95 to 1998–99
Eric Lindros played for the Flyers from 1992–93 to 1999–2000.
John LeClair played for the Flyers from 1994-95 to 2003-04
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Jeremy Roenick played for the Flyers from 2001–02 to 2003–04
Simon Gagne played for the Flyers from 1999–2000 to 2009–10, and again during the 2012–13 season
Mike Richards played for the Flyers from 2005–06 to 2010–11
Jeff Carter played for the Flyers from 2005–06 to 2010–11
Daniel Briere played for the Flyers from 2007–08 to 2012–13
Kimmo Timonen played for the Flyers from 2007–08 to 2013–14
Claude Giroux played for the Flyers from 2007–08 to 2021-22
Jakub Voracek played for the Flyers from 2011-12 to 2020-21
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Ivan Provorov has been playing for the Flyers since the 2016-17 season
Raising of the no. 88 banner in honor of Eric Lindros.
Bobby Clarke is the Flyers all time leader in games played, assists and points
Recording 900 regular season points, Claude Giroux is the Flyers' second all-time points leader
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Dave Schultz holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a season with 472
In 1996, the Flyers moved to their present home arena, the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center).
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PPL Center in Allentown, the home arena of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League and the primary development team of the Philadelphia Flyers

In 1970–71, the Flyers had bounced back from the previous season and returned to the playoffs, but were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

Tex Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded the Rangers in 1926.

New York Rangers

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The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City.

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City.

Tex Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded the Rangers in 1926.
The Bread Line was the Rangers' first notable line. Consisting of Bill Cook, Bun Cook and Frank Boucher, they played together from 1926 to 1937.
Jean Ratelle played with the Rangers from 1960 to 1975.
Marcel Dionne with the Rangers, 1987. He signed with the Rangers in the 1986 off-season.
The Rangers acquired Wayne Gretzky as a free agent in the 1996 off-season.
Stellar performances by rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the led to the Rangers' best record since.
At the start of the 2006–07 New York Rangers season, Jaromir Jagr was named team captain.
John Tortorella was named the team's head coach in 2009, maintaining the position until 2013.
On September 12, 2011, Ryan Callahan was named the 26th captain in Rangers history.
The Rangers acquired Rick Nash in a multi-player trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012.
Artemi Panarin signed with the Rangers in July 2019
From 1996 to 2007 the Rangers' alternate jersey featured the head of the Statue of Liberty with the team abbreviation below it.
Brian Leetch was the 23rd captain in Rangers history, maintaining the position from 1997 to 2000.
Retired numbers hang from the rafters of Madison Square Garden.
Playing with the Rangers from 1968 to 1981, Walt Tkaczuk scored the sixth most points in the franchise (678 points).

Founded in 1926 by Tex Rickard, the Rangers are one of the Original Six teams that competed in the NHL before its 1967 expansion, along with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

National Hockey League

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Professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams—25 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

Professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams—25 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

The Stanley Cup in 1930, several years after it became the de facto championship trophy for the NHL
A game between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers in 1962
NHL logo used from 1946 until 2005
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (top left) positions himself along the net during a 2008 game against the Boston Bruins. Brodeur's exploits led the NHL in 2005 to delineate the trapezoidal area behind the net to limit where the goaltender can legally play the puck behind the goal line
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft
The Stanley Cup, on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame, is awarded annually to the league champion.
Logos of corporate sponsors are visible on the boards and ice in an NHL hockey rink.
Members of the media interviewing players on ice after a game in 2009
The NHL Network's television panel at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
Challenge Cup Trophy for the 1979 Challenge Cup series between NHL All Stars and the Soviet national team.
The Stanley Cup, shown here on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame, is awarded annually to the league champion.

The New York Rangers were added in 1926, and the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Cougars (later the Red Wings) were added after the league purchased the assets of the defunct WCHL.

Team photo of the Arenas from the 1917–18 season. The club won its first Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and often referred to as the Leafs) are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and often referred to as the Leafs) are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto.

Team photo of the Arenas from the 1917–18 season. The club won its first Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.
Team photo of the club during the 1921–22 season. Then known as the St. Patricks, the club won its second Stanley Cup in 1922.
The Kid Line consisted of Charlie Conacher, Joe Primeau, and Busher Jackson (left to right). They led the Leafs to win the 1932 Stanley Cup, as well as four more Stanley Cup finals appearances over the next six years.
The Maple Leafs score against Detroit during the 1942 Cup Finals. The Leafs went on to win the series, performing the only reverse-sweep in the Finals.
Maple Leafs players during the 1946–47 season. The team would win its sixth Stanley Cup that season.
Johnny Bower was the Maple Leafs' goaltender from 1958 to 1969. He helped the team win four Cups.
Captaining the team from 1958 to 1969, George Armstrong led the team to four Stanley Cups. Armstrong is the all-time leader in games played with the Maple Leafs.
Punch Imlach won four Cups as the Leafs' coach in the 1960s. However, his second stint as general manager in the 1979–80 season was controversial, as he traded Lanny McDonald, and engaged in a public dispute with team captain Darryl Sittler.
At the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, the Leafs acquired Mats Sundin in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques. Sundin was later named captain before the 1997–98 season.
The Air Canada Centre (later renamed Scotiabank Arena) in July 1999. The Maple Leafs moved into the arena earlier that year.
Dion Phaneuf was named team captain in the 2010 off-season, and served that role until he was traded to Ottawa in 2016.
Brendan Shanahan was named the president and an alternate governor of the club in April 2014.
The Maple Leafs faced the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.
Fans gather at Maple Leaf Square to watch game two between the Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins during the 2013 NHL playoffs.
The Red Wings hosted the Maple Leafs at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A game between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs in March 1938
Foster Hewitt was the Maple Leafs' first radio play-by-play announcer from 1927 to 1968.
Opening in 1931, Maple Leaf Gardens was the home arena for the Maple Leafs from 1931 to 1999.
Logo for the Maple Leafs from 1963 to 1967. The logo was later used as an alternate logo for the Maple Leafs (1992–2000; 2008–2016).
Maple Leafs banner at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. The 11-point leaf logo was used as the primary team logo from 1970 to 2016.
Syl Apps led the team to three Stanley Cups as captain from 1940 to 1943 and again from 1945 to 1948. From 1943 to 1945, Apps was serving with the Canadian Army.
Dick Carroll was the first coach for the club. Coach from 1917 to 1919. He won one Cup with the Arenas.
Tim Horton played the second-most games with the Maple Leafs, and the most amongst defencemen.
Conn Smythe at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1939. Smythe was the principal owner of the club from 1927 to 1961.

The Maple Leafs debuted at their new arena, Maple Leaf Gardens, with a 2–1 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks on November 12, 1931.

Jim Roberts was the first selected skater by the Blues in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played with the Blues from 1967 to 1972.

St. Louis Blues

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The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team based in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team based in St. Louis.

Jim Roberts was the first selected skater by the Blues in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played with the Blues from 1967 to 1972.
Drafted by the Blues in 1976, Bernie Federko played with the team from 1976 to 1989. He holds the record for games played with the Blues.
"Saskatchewan's Got The Blues!" hockey puck circa 1983
The Blues acquired Brett Hull through a trade in March 1988. Playing with the team until 1998, he holds the record for goals scored with the team.
Keith Tkachuk with the Blues. During his time with the team he became the third American player to score 500 goals, and the sixth American player to reach 1,000 points.
David Backes was named the 20th team captain of the Blues, and remained as captain until 2016.
The Blues hosted the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic.
Patrick Maroon with the Stanley Cup at the Blues' victory parade following the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.
Before the 2014–15 season, the team released new home and away jerseys that were similar to those worn in the early 2000s. T. J. Oshie (left) models the blue home jersey, while Alex Pietrangelo models the white road jersey.
Introduced in October 2007, Louie the Bear is the mascot for the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues retired Bob Plager's number on February 2, 2017. He played as a defenseman with the team from 1967 to 1978.
Brett Hull is the franchise's all-time goals leader, and is second only to Bernie Federko in both points and assists.
Brian Elliott set the Blues' franchise records for shutouts, best save percentage, and lowest goals-against average in the 2011–12 season.

The Blues have a rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom they have shared a division since 1970.

The Oilers acquired Jari Kurri in the 1980 draft. Kurri was one of several key acquisitions by the Oilers in the early 1980s.

Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton.

The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton.

The Oilers acquired Jari Kurri in the 1980 draft. Kurri was one of several key acquisitions by the Oilers in the early 1980s.
A close-up view of the engravings for the 1983–84 Edmonton Oilers, winners of the 1984 Stanley Cup
A statue of Wayne Gretzky stands outside Rogers Place. Playing with the Oilers from 1978 to 1988, he led the Oilers to four Stanley Cups.
Mark Messier was named the Oilers' team captain shortly following the Gretzky trade.
Cal Nichols spearheaded the Edmonton Investors Group's purchase of the Oilers franchise in 1998.
Acquired through a trade in 2006, Dwayne Roloson emerged as the Oilers' starting goaltender from 2006 to 2009.
Daryl Katz purchased the Oilers from the Edmonton Investors Group in 2008.
The Oilers drafted Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the 2010 draft. He played with the Oilers from 2010 to 2016.
Andrew Ference played with the Oilers from 2013 to 2016. He was named team captain in 2013.
The Oilers drafted Connor McDavid first overall in the 2015 draft. He was named the Oilers' 15th team captain and in 2016 and the youngest in NHL history.
Rogers Place during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Oilers moved into Rogers Place prior to the start of the 2016–17 season.
The Oilers' former primary logo was used in some capacity from 1996 to 2012.
Hunter, the Oilers' team mascot
Paul Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
Recording 296 regular season goals while playing with the Oilers, Ryan Smyth is the franchise's fifth highest all-time goalscorer.
Rogers Place is the present home of the Edmonton Oilers.
Fans outside Rogers Place during the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs

They won the first two games of the Campbell Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, but lost the next two before winning the final two and returning to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Eagle sculpture featuring Stan Smyl, who was captain for eight seasons.

Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver.

Eagle sculpture featuring Stan Smyl, who was captain for eight seasons.
A statue of coach Roger Neilson outside of Rogers Arena, commemorating the 1982 Stanley Cup run.
Pavel Bure, became the first Canuck to win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1992 and is the only sixty-goal scorer in team history. He is regarded as the team's first superstar.
Kirk McLean was a key member of the Canucks' 1994 Stanley Cup run.
The Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers warm up before a match at General Motors Place, October 1997.
Marc Crawford became the Canucks' head coach in 1998–99. Crawford also played for the team in the 1980s.
Scoreboard after game one of the 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Canucks and the Dallas Stars. Ending at the 138-minute mark, it was the longest game in the club's history.
Roberto Luongo during the 2008–09 season, with a C visible on his goalie mask denoting his captaincy. He was named captain of the Canucks in September 2008.
Ryan Kesler with the Canucks during the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Kesler spent the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the team.
Henrik Sedin accepts the Campbell Bowl on behalf of the Canucks as the 2011 Western Conference champions.
The Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators participated in the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place.
Ryan Miller with Henrik and Daniel Sedin warming up prior to a game in the 2014–15 season. Miller was acquired as a free agent in July 2014.
The "Stick-in-Rink", 1970–1978; alternate logo, 2003–2007
Fin, the official mascot of the Vancouver Canucks, in 2009
The Vancouver Canucks broadcast area in red
Game-worn jerseys belonging to Wayne Maki, Pavel Bure and Glen Hanlon on display at Rogers Arena
Henrik Sedin was named the Canucks' team captain in 2010. Sedin remained as team captain until his retirement in 2018.
Recording 733 points with the Canucks, Trevor Linden holds the fourth-highest all-time points total in the franchise.

Tallon played three seasons with the club before being traded away to the Chicago Black Hawks.

The Civic Arena's capacity was increased to meet NHL requirements for a franchise. The arena served as the Penguins' home arena from 1967 to 2010.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins (colloquially known as the Pens) are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (colloquially known as the Pens) are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh.

The Civic Arena's capacity was increased to meet NHL requirements for a franchise. The arena served as the Penguins' home arena from 1967 to 2010.
Michel Briere's number was taken out of circulation after his career-ending accident in 1970. It was later formally retired in 2001.
During the mid-1970s, Lowell MacDonald was paired with Syl Apps Jr. and Jean Pronovost, forming the "Century Line". MacDonald played with the Penguins from 1970 to 1978.
Mario Lemieux played for the Penguins in three stints (1984–1994, 1995–1997, 2000–2006).
Lemieux with the Penguins during the 2000–01 season, his first season after coming out of retirement.
Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted first overall in 2003 by the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby during his sophomore season with the Penguins. He was drafted first overall by the team in the 2005 draft.
Evgeni Malkin made an immediate impact, driving the Penguins to their first playoff appearance in six years.
Crosby, Bill Guerin, and Chris Kunitz during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the Finals, earning their third Stanley Cup title.
Outside of Consol Energy Center (now PPG Paints Arena) in March 2010 before it officially opened.
The Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field during the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.
On July 1, 2015, the Penguins acquired right-winger Phil Kessel in a multi-player deal.
Crosby with the Stanley Cup during the Penguins' victory parade. The team won their fourth Stanley Cup championship in 2016.
Patric Hornqvist celebrates the 2017 Stanley Cup-clinching goal against the Nashville Predators.
Iceburgh, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins
An altercation between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals during the 2009 playoffs.
Throughout the 2016–17 season, a commemorative patch was added to the uniforms to celebrate the team's 50th anniversary.
Mike Lange served as a play-by-play commentator for the team from 1974 until 2021.
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex under construction in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, in April 2015. The complex opened in August 2015, and is used by the Penguins as their practice facility.
Sidney Crosby with Marc-Andre Fleury (left) and the Stanley Cup during the Penguins' victory parade in 2009.
The banners of numbers retired by the Penguins franchise hang in the rafters of the PPG Paints Arena.
The team's current captain, Sidney Crosby, during a playoff game in 2016.
Kris Letang holds the franchise's all-time points record for a defenseman.

The projected league expansion depended on securing votes from the then-current NHL owners; to ensure Pittsburgh would be selected as one of the expansion cities, McGregor enlisted Rooney to petition votes from James D. Norris, owner of the Chicago Black Hawks and his brother Bruce Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings.