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Ab McDonald Jersey Penguins

When the NHL expanded from six to twelve teams in 1967, it was imperative for the half-dozen new teams – if they wanted to be competitive, at least – to have solid goaltending. With a West Division housing each of the new teams – the Oakland Seals, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars, and Pittsburgh Penguins – they were ultimately at the mercy of the “Original Six” in the East for the first few seasons.

Good goaltending could keep scores in-check and perhaps steal unexpected wins here and there for each team’s inaugural season.

Goaltender Leslie John Binkley
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Les Binkley was the team’s most important player during the first five seasons of the franchise. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
And so, the new teams tried to do just that – secure a cornerstone goaltender – when the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft took place. The Kings selected arguably hockey’s greatest goaltender, Terry Sawchuk, from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blues grabbed another Hall of Famer in Glenn Hall. The Seals acquired a 6-time Stanley Cup champion in Charlie Hodge.

While a total of 12 goaltenders were chosen in the Expansion Draft, the Penguins made two marginal selections for the position in Joe Daley, whom they took from the Detroit Red Wings, and Roy Edwards from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Neither was a bad goalie per say, but were also not of the same caliber as Sawchuk, Hall, Hodge and some of the other netminders who were chosen. In fact, Edwards would be traded to Detroit on Sept. 7, 1967 in exchange for Hank Bassen, who would serve as the Penguins’ inaugural backup. Meanwhile, Daley would not appear in the Pittsburgh net until the 1968-69 season.

Nevertheless, the Penguins would in fact acquire their cornerstone, who would serve the franchise well for its first five straight seasons. Shortly before the 1967-68 season got underway, Pittsburgh acquired a 33-year-old rookie goalie from the old Western Hockey League’s (WHL) San Diego Gulls in exchange for cash.

His name was Les Binkley, and he would go on to have a one for the ages season as an original Pittsburgh Penguin and the team’s earliest hero.

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Toiling in the Minors for Many Years
Binkley was born Jun. 6, 1934 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He had played 12 seasons of minor professional hockey across North America before he ever stepped foot into the NHL. This first portion of Binkley’s career saw him play in five different leagues and suit up for 10 different teams.

Les Binkley won the AHL’s Calder Cup championship with the Cleveland Barons in 1963-64 (THW Archives).
His finest minor league successes came during the parts of seven seasons that he played for the Cleveland Barons in the American Hockey League (AHL). Binkley won the league’s Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as the Rookie of the Year for 1961-62 after playing 60 games, while posting a 3.02 goals-against average and helping the Barons to go 39-28-3.

He would follow that up with two AHL Second Team All-Star selections in both 1964 and 1966, and won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award in 1966 for allowing the least amount of goals during the season. From 1961-62 through 1965-66, Binkley played seasons of 60, 63, 65, 40, and 66 games respectively.

Additionally, he backstopped the Barons to the 1963-64 Calder Cup championship – the most major trophy that Binkley would win in his professional career, at least as a player. He followed that up with an additional Calder Cup Final appearance in 1965-66, though the Barons would fall short to the Rochester Americans.

Keep in mind too that all of these accomplishments by Binkley in his minor league career were done while he played without a goaltender mask.

Throughout his career – both in the minors and in the NHL – he had somewhat of a unique look. A crew cut hairstyle, Binkley was taller that some of his contemporaries at 6-foot, and while not overweight by any means, still looked a bit paunchy. Off the ice he may have looked more like a grocer or barkeeper. Instead, he would become the first star goalie in Penguins history.

Success in Pittsburgh and the Team’s Composition
The first-year Penguins would finish second from the bottom in the West Division with a record of 27-34-13. However, they were only two points back of the North Stars (27-32-15) and barely missed out on the final playoff spot.

What is most critical to our discussion is that of Pittsburgh’s 27 victories, 20 of them belonged to Binkley. Likewise, 10 of the 13 ties were his as well. The 54 games that Binkley suited up out of the Penguins’ 74 total were the fullest NHL work of his career. Each of his games that first season were played maskless as well.

When compared with his goaltender counterparts from throughout the league, Binkley did quite well. Here is a quick synopsis of how his numbers looked league-wide that first season:

54 games played (third most in NHL).
10 ties (tied for third most)
150 goals allowed (third best)
1,585 shots against (third most)
1,435 saves (third best)
Six shutouts (tied for second best)
While Binkley may have been the Penguins most important player their first season, he was not their only key contributor. They were a very seasoned team too. Of the 25 players to have appeared in at least one game during the first season, 17 of them were 29 years old or older.

35-year-old eventual Hockey Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate led the Penguins in scoring with 20 goals and 39 assists in 74 games. Ab McDonald was the team’s top goal scorer with 22 tallies. Noel Price was the top scorer among Penguins defensemen with six goals and 27 assists across 70 games. Nine different Penguins reached double digits in goals.

Paul Martin Jersey Penguins

GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 06: Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 6, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Martin announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

by Jake Andersen

Sports Reporter

Arguably the top athlete to come through Elk River is calling it quits.

After a 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks, former Elk Paul Martin announced his retirement in an article published by The Athletic on Nov. 14.

Martin explains why he chose to retire to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, saying he wants to finish out his college degree and start a family.

Martin steps away after putting together a prolific high school, college and professional career. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound defenseman got his start at Elk River High School, lettering four seasons and winning Mr. Hockey in 2000 for a standout senior season in which he scored 15 goals and 35 assists. He also was an all-state football player, while playing baseball and track in the spring.

From there, Martin played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, totaling 20 goals and 77 assists, while winning back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003. Following the 2002-03 season, Martin signed his first NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils, who selected him in the second round in 2000.

Martin played six seasons with the Devils before playing five seasons in Pittsburgh and three seasons in San Jose. He scored 50 goals and 270 assists in 870 career games.

Martin made the postseason in each of his 14 NHL seasons, totaling six goals and 40 assists in 122 postseason games, but never was able to lift the elusive Stanley Cup despite making the Stanley Cup Finals with the Sharks in 2016, losing to the Penguins.

Internationally, Martin made three U.S. Men’s Olympic Team in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Martin was bought out of his four-year contract with the Sharks last June and according to Russo, wasn’t going to play again unless he received a pro contract. He didn’t want to tryout for an NHL team or play in Europe.

On top of finishing out his degree, Martin will be active with his non-profit organization Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, which raises awareness and reduces the stigma for those affected by bullying, depression and mental health issues. Martin started the non-profit in 2017.

Tom Kostopoulos Jersey Penguins

WILKES-BARRE — With the professional hockey season about to start, Steve Oleksy went from being at home to playing in a place where he can feel at home.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were in the middle of the AHL exhibition season when they signed Olesky to a professional tryout agreement.

Oleksy returns to a team where he played during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and served as alternate captain.

After passing on other options, Oleksy decided “to come back to the organization that did a lot for me, invested a lot in me and did a lot for my career,” he said during an interview following a practice at Toyota SportsPlex last week. “To come back and get back to an organization like that was very attractive to me.”

When he joined the team, the 33-year-old Oleksy became the oldest player on a young roster. He realizes that comes with a responsibility.

Oleksy hopes to have learned from watching how Tom Kostopoulos handled helping young players while serving as the team’s captain and most experienced player.

“Guys who came through like Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel, a large part of that success has to do with a guy like Tom Kostopoulos,” said Oleksy, who also played 11 games with the parent Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. “I got to learn from him a little bit earlier in my career and see the role he played in development. Back then, I was learning. Now, I’m trying to translate what I learned into real life and teach the younger guys what I watched him teach.”

Closer to the end of his career than the beginning, Oleksy said his role “has changed a lot,” accordingly.

Oleksy has three goals and 17 assists in 73 career NHL games. He has 22 goals and 92 assists while going plus-52 with 784 penalty minutes in 411 AHL games.

Whether he would have a chance to add to those totals was put in doubt with an off-ice health issue.

“I was enjoying my summer, taking care of myself with skating and workouts,” Oleksy said. “A little over a month and a half ago, I had my appendix removed, so I was laid up.”

Oleksy had gotten back on the ice, skating and “getting ready to go” when he heard from the Penguins.

One way or another, he was going to be involved in the sport.

Preparing from life after his playing days, Oleksy has been helping train younger players and running a summer league that includes several of his current teammates.

“One of my big things throughout my playing career, whether it was my first year or my ninth or 10th year, was getting ready for life after hockey,” he said.

That can wait.

Oleksy joined the Penguins for the end of the exhibition season. He did not dress in the regular-season opener, but is available as the Penguins schedule heats up with three games in three nights beginning Friday at Lehigh Valley.

The Penguins play their home opener Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the Utica Comets.

Masahiro Tanaka Jersey Yankees

The offseason has barely begun, with the GM meetings taking place next week and a whole bunch of MLB clubs starting their internal hiring processes. Yet in Yankeeland, we’re already thick in the debate about what the team should do this winter, specifically with respect to the two star starting pitchers on the free agent market.

CC Sabathia and Giancarlo Stanton have already voiced their desire for the Yankees to sign Gerrit Cole, or Stephen Strasburg, or both of them. We’ve heard both sides of the debate before, last year around Patrick Corbin, two years ago when Yu Darvish was a free agent, and on and on. The position of the Yankees has been the same; the team hasn’t signed a “real” free agent – a pitcher that wasn’t on the team at the end of the preceding year – since 2014.

And what a signing that was, when the Yankees landed 26-year-old NPB star Masahiro Tanaka. New York inked Tanaka the old fashioned way, by offering a player the most money. It wasn’t a value play, and there wasn’t talk about dollars per WAR. The team just bid the most and got the guy they wanted.

Since then, Tanaka has legitimately been one of the 20 or so best starters in the game:

He has been in the top 20 in fWAR, top 25 in innings pitched over the last five seasons and K-BB%, and of course has the third-best postseason ERA in baseball history. That’s a pretty good resume for a guy who hasn’t quite been anointed an “ace.”

If you’re one of the new kinds of Yankee fans – or Brian Cashman himself – and obsessed with maxing out “value,” the news is even better. Those 18 wins Tanaka has accrued, if you assign a relatively conservative $8 million per win, means he’s been worth about $15 million more than the money he’s been paid. That’s a pretty good return for any club.

There’s a lot of risk in free agent deals – they’re given out to guys that are a little older, probably with a fair amount of mileage on the arm, and often come along with accouterments like no trade clauses that limit the yearned-for “roster flexibility.” And yet sometimes, it just works out. Sometimes, signing the big name to the big contract is the right move.

Tanaka was the right move, he’s been worth $15 million. Max Scherzer was the right move, he’s been worth more than a hundred million dollars to the Nationals. The big free agent signing the Yankees made before Tanaka was CC Sabathia, who also proved his worth. This winter provides another opportunity for the Yankees to sign the big name to the big contract, and once again all signs point to it being the right move.

Gerrit Cole is fresh off a two-season run as dominant as any pitcher of his era. His 2019 was so stellar, if he started every at-bat down 1-0 in the count, he would have finished with the third-highest strikeout rate in baseball. He’ll cost a truck load, but he’s the absolute best in the game right now.

Stephen Strasburg is coming off a dream October, and a 200-inning season that would have had him head and shoulders above any Yankee starter. He’s a post-hype star at this point, and he’s still worth the big deal.

Free agents carry risk, but the right one can be all the difference in October, and come out of the wash being worth more than the deal. Tanaka was one, and he was the last one the Yankees have enjoyed. It’s time for them to make the splash again.

James Paxton Jersey Yankees

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After falling short of reaching the World Series for the 10th straight year, the New York Yankees intend to have conversations with top free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

”It’s a good time to be them,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday as the general managers meeting began. ”Certainly we’ll have conversations from our perspective. And they’ll either lead to further ones or lesser ones.”

During a moonlit availability in a courtyard surrounded by palm trees, Cashman confirmed changes in the team’s staff, led by Matt Blake replacing Larry Rothschild as pitching coach. He said New York has had conversations with the agents for several of its players who became free agents, including outfielder Brett Gardner, shortstop Didi Gregorius and reliever Dellin Betances.

Starting pitching is the Yankees’ biggest need following their loss to Houston in a six-game AL Championship Series. Manager Aaron Boone’s rotation could use a premier arm to join a group that includes Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ.

Domingo German is being investigated by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy, which caused him to miss the postseason and could lead to a suspension at the start of next season. Cashman said possibilities to consider are Jordan Montgomery, who has completed his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and prospects Deivi Garcia and Michael King.

A core group that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, infielder Gleyber Torres and left fielder Giancarlo Stanton could attract free agent pitchers.

”We have a lot of talent that’s hungry and looking to take another step or two,” Cashman said. ”Aaron Boone in his end-of-season press conference described it probably perfectly. We weren’t a player or two away, we were a play or two away from playing in the World Series.”

Yankees starting pitchers had a 4.51 ERA, 15th among the 30 teams. The 4.08 for New York relievers was ninth.

Top pitchers like Strasburg, Cole and Zack Wheeler are obvious targets.

”Of course, we’re going talk Strasburg. We’ll talk to Cole. We’ll talk to the higher-end guys clearly and have conversations there,” Cashman said. ”And we’ll also talk about some surprise guys, I’m sure.”

Strasburg helped Washington win its first World Series title and Cole boosted Houston within a victory of its second championship in three seasons. An innings-eating ace could ease the burden on the bullpen – New York’s starters combined for 778 1/3 innings, ahead of only Seattle, Toronto, Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Angels.

”It’s not something we’re not interested in. It’s just something that’s been hard to get ahold of,” Cashman said.

Cashman’s first offseason move was to entice closer Aroldis Chapman to stay rather than opt out by amending his contact to a $48 million, three-year deal from an agreement that had $30 million and two seasons left. Cashman has had several discussions with Joe Bick, the agent for Gardner, a 36-year-old who is the longest-tenured Yankees player at 12 seasons. Gardner hit .251 and set career bests with 28 homers and 74 RBIs. With Aaron Hicks sidelined at the start of next season following Tommy John surgery, keeping Gardner would appear to be appetizing.

”We’ve had a longstanding, very successful relationship,” Cashman said. ”And obviously we’ll see if that can continue or not.”

Cashman also has talked with Jim Murray, the agent for Gregorius and Betances. They may or may not fit into a payroll already with the current roster projected to be about $212 million for purposes of the luxury tax, above the $208 million threshold.

”We have plan B’s and Plan C’s,” Cashman said.

COACHES

Blake agreed to join the Yankees even though he was promoted by Cleveland to director of pitching development on Nov. 5 after three seasons as assistant director of player development. Rothschild, who had been with the Yankees for eight seasons, will become San Diego’s pitching coach.

”I’m charged with making tough decisions over time and, obviously, as we move forward I felt I wanted to gravitate to somebody that had a little bit more in- depth knowledge of some of the newer technology out there,” Cashman said. ”It doesn’t mean Larry hasn’t been exposed to it. So it’s a balance.”

Scott Brosius Jersey Yankees

With Olympic berths hanging in the balance, the final six teams in the WBSC Premier12 are preparing to return to field for the tournament’s Super Round, which begins in Japan on Monday.

Japan, the world’s top-ranked team, enters the second round with a perfect record but isn’t taking anything for granted. The Japanese are focused on winning the title for the first time and gaining momentum for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Samurai Japan will open its Super Round campaign against Australia at Zozo Marine Stadium at 7 p.m. on Monday.

“It was huge that we won all three of our games in the Taiwan round and it’s put us closer (to the championship). And our players have built confidence and have gotten in better condition,” said manager Atsunori Inaba.

Japan lost to eventual winner South Korea in the semifinals of the inaugural edition of the tournament four years ago and settled for bronze.

“It’ll be the first game in the Super Round,” Inaba said. “We’ll be playing in an open-air stadium and may have some nerves in the first game of the round. But we’re going into the game thinking of this as a fresh start.”

Japan, a two-time World Baseball Classic champion, defeated Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Taiwan in the first round.

Prior to Japan-Australia, Taiwan and Mexico will begin the Super Round at noon at Zozo Marine Stadium.

The tournament format this year has been largely modified from the first edition.

The top two teams from each of the three Opening Round groups in Taiwan, South Korea and Mexico have advanced to the Super Round. In the Super Round, the teams will play opponents who were not in their group during the first round.

The three group winners — Japan, Mexico and South Korea — will start with 1-0 records based on wins over the second place teams in their groups. Which means Taiwan, Australia and the U.S., who all lost to the group winners in the first round, will start out 0-1.

The top two teams in the Super Round will advance to Sunday night’s gold-medal game at Tokyo Dome.

For Monday night’s game, Inaba has designated right-hander Shun Yamaguchi, of the 2019 Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, as his starting pitcher against Australia. The Aussies will send right-hander Dushan Ruzic to the mound as their starter.

“It’s a good team” said Australia manager David Nilsson, a former Milwaukee Brewer who also played for the Chunichi Dragons, when asked which Japanese players his team would have to worry about. “Tomorrow, we’ll play Team Japan, so with that, there’s no player on their roster we’re putting a lot of attention to, we’re putting equal attention to whoever we’ll play. They have a lot of depth, in starting pitching with a strong bullpen. Their hitters are very effective 1-9. We’re approaching them as a unit, one team.”

After facing Australia, Samurai Japan will take on the United States, Mexico and reigning champion South Korea, respectively, all at the Big Egg.

The Premier12 serves as a qualifying event for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, in which the sport will make its return for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Games. The highest-placed nations from the Americas and Asia/Oceana (excluding host Japan) will punch their tickets to the 2020 Games.

Defending champion South Korea will square off against the United States, in a rematch of the 2015 final, at 7 p.m. at Tokyo Dome. But manager Kim Kyung-moon insisted that his squad would continue to play with a one-game-at-a-game mind-set and not dwell on trying to repeat.

“We won all our games back home (in the pool stage), but we try to not think of the result as indicative of what we are,” he said. “We think all the teams in the Super Round have the ability to win it all. But the condition of our team is very good and we want to go back to the country with a good result.

“Our goal is to win the championship. But we are not thinking too much about repeating. We just want to do the best we can in every game we play and we believe that will lead to a positive result.”

All six teams practiced in Chiba on Sunday to tune up for the Super Round.

Team USA skipper, and former New York Yankees infielder, Scott Brosius said that “there’s no question” the team “is very motivated to play well” in Japan, referring to its quest to earn a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

“Our ultimate goal obviously is to qualify for the Olympics,” said Brosius, who won three World Series championships with the Yankees and was named the 1998 World Series MVP. “But in order to do that, we know that we have to beat some very good teams. So we have to turn our full attention to each and every game, treat every game as the most important game.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

They will be honored at the chapter’s 97th annual dinner on Jan. 25 in Manhattan.

Mets rookie Pete Alonso was named recipient of the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award and the Ben Epstein/Dan Castellano Good Guy award on Wednesday.

The Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu was selected New York player of the year.

Mets broadcaster Ron Darling, who returned to the TV booth in June following treatment for thyroid cancer, will receive the Arthur and Milton Richman You Gotta Have Heart award.

Yankees radio play-by-play broadcaster John Sterling, whose streak ended in July after 30 years and 5,060 consecutive regular season and postseason games, will get the Casey Stengel You Could Look It Up award.

Retiring Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was voted the William J. Slocum and Jack Lang award winner for Long and Meritorious Service.

Luis Sojo and Al Leiter will receive the Willie, Mickey and the Duke award for people connected in baseball history.

The honor comes 20 years after Sojo’s ninth-inning single off Leiter in Game 5 of the last Subway World Series lifted the Yankees to their third straight title.

Mets pitcher Steven Matz will get the Joan Payson/Shannon Forde award for community service.

Halos coaching staff finalized

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have finalized new manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for the 2020 season, including the retention of hitting coach Jeremy Reed and the hiring of new pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

The Angels announced the full staff Wednesday.

Brian Butterfield will be the Angels’ third base coach. The veteran infield coach spent the past two seasons working under Maddon in the same job for the Chicago Cubs.

Former Cubs hitting coach John Mallee joins the Angels as an assistant hitting coach to Reed, who was Brad Ausmus’ hitting coach last season with the Angels.

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Billy Martin Jersey Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is the American League manager of the year.

Baldelli edged New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In his first season as a manager, Baldelli led the Twins to a 101-61 record and an American League Central championship, the team’s first since 2010.

On the announcement show on MLB Network, Baldelli thanked his coaches and management, saying, “We needed everybody to come together, and then it really comes down to the players.”

The 101 wins are second in Twins history to the 1965 team that won 102 games lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. This year’s team was swept by the Yankees in the AL Division Series. He is just the seventh first-year manager in MLB history to lead his team to 100 or more wins.

“It was a pretty amazing year,” Baldelli said on MLB Network. “I don’t accept this award as an individual, I accept it as a member of the Minnesota Twins.”

Baldelli, 38, joined Billy Martin (1969), Bill Rigney (1970) and Ron Gardenhire (2002) as the fourth Minnesota skipper to lead the team to the postseason in his first season at the helm.

The award, voted on by 30 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, was first given in 1983.

The Twins held a piece of first in the Central race for all but two days until defending division champion Cleveland caught them the second week in August and took a half-game lead on Aug. 12. It lasted one day, and the Twins won the division by eight games.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Mike Schildt was named the National League manager of the year.

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All-time official Pittsburgh Penguins uniform numbers since October 11, 1967. Jersey numbers are for regular season and playoffs only.

Last updated: October 25, 2019

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Hank Bassen, Joe Daley, Paul Hoganson, Cam Newton, Roy Edwards, Jim Rutherford, Bob Johnson, Gord Laxton, Denis Herron, Richard Harrison, Steve Guenette, Pat Riggin, Wendell Young, Rob Dobson, Peter Skudra, Rich Parent, Johan Hedberg, John Curry, Brent Johnson, Thomas Greiss, Mike Condon, Casey DeSmith

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Leo Boivin, Duanne Rupp, Bob Paradise, Ed Van Impe, Tom Edur, Tom Bladon, Pat Price, Giles Lupien, Brian Lundberg, Phil Bourque, Greg Fox, Joe McDonnell, Todd Charlesworth, Chris Dahlquist, Jim Paek, Chris Tamer, Josef Melichar, Hal Gill, Nate Guenin, Matt Niskanen, Adam Clendening, Chad Ruhwedel

3
Al MacNeil, John Arbour, Bob Woytowich, Tim Horton, Jack Lynch, Ron Stackhouse, Bennet Wolf, Norm Schmidt, Doug Bodger, Jim Kyte, Jim Paek, Grant Jennings, Sergei Zubov, Stefan Bergvist, Dan Trebil, Marc Bergevin, Jamie Pushor, Steve Poapst, Mark Eaton, Alex Goligoski, Douglas Murray, Olli Maatta, Jack Johnson

4
Noel Price, Bob Blackburn, Dave Burrows, Dale Talon, Paul Baxter, Marty McSorley, Phil Bourque, Chris Dahlquist, Dwight Schoefield, Larry Murphy, Gord Dineen, Greg Andrusak, Greg Hawgood, Corey Foster, Kevin Hatcher, Jeff Norton, Bobby Dollas, Mike Wilson, Jamie Pushor, Dan Focht, Cory Cross, Noah Welch, Rob Scuderi, Jordan Leopold, Zybynek Michalek, Mark Eaton, Justin Schultz

5
Dick Mattiussi, Ted Lanyon, Bryan Watson, Ab DeMarco, Barry Wilkins, Steve Lyon, Mario Faubert, Lex Hudson, Ron Meighan, Bryan Maxwell, Mike Rowe, Ville Siren, Gord Dineen, Ulf Samuelsson, Brad Werenka, Janne Laukkanen, Patrick Boileau, Rob Scuderi, Darryl Sydor, Deryk Engelland, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman

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Dunc McCallum, Tracy Pratt, Sheldon Kannegiesser, Ron Jones, Colin Campbell, Tom Price, Kim Clackson, Bennett Wolf, Errol Thompson, Greg Hotham, Jim Johnson, Todd Charlesworth, Scott Young, Jeff Chychrun, Peter Ahola, Mike Ramsey, Neil Wilkinson, Bob Boughner, Mike Wilson, Rick Berry, Richard Lintner, Nolan Baumgartner, Martin Strbak, Ryan Whitney, Joel Kwiatkowski, Ben Lovejoy, Scott Harrington, Trevor Daley, Jamie Oleksiak, John Marino

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Art Stratton, Lou Angotti, Bryan Hextall, Steve Durbano, Russ Anderson, Rick Macleish, lan Turnbull, Rod Buskas, Joe Mullen, Andrew Ference, Kelly Buchberger, Matt Hussey, Michel Ouellet, Mark Eaton, Paul Martin, Matt Cullen

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Val Fonteyne, Jim Wiley, Rick Kehoe, Hatland Monahan, Dave Schultz, Mike Meeker, Bob Stewart, Dave Burrows, Randy Boyd, Tom O’Regan, Petteri Lehto, Terry Ruskowski, Perry Ganchar, Mark Recchi, Bryan Smolinski, Kevin Miller, Garry Valk, Bobby Dollas, Hans Jonsson, Matt Bradley, Andrew Hutchinson, Brian Dumoulin

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Andy Bathgate, Charlie Burns, Billy Hicke, Al McDonough, Chuck Amason, Simon Nolet, Blair Chapman, Mark Johnson, Stan Jonathan, Rich Sutter, Ron Flockhart, John Chabot, Wilf Paiment, Andrew McBain, TonyTanti, Ron Francis, Len Barrie, Dan Quinn, Greg Johnson, German Titov, Rene Corbet, Jeff Toms, Rico Fata, Andy Hilbert, Pascal Dupuis

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Earl Ingarfield, George Swarbrick, Keith McCreary, Robin Burns, Ted Snell, Pierre Larouche, Peter Lee, Gary Rissling, Bob Errey, Wayne Babych, Ron Duguay, Dan Quinn, Barry Pederson, Ron Francis, Ville Nieminen, John LeClair, Gary Roberts, Mark Letestu, Tanner Glass, Brenden Morrow, Christian Ehrhoff, Garrett Wilson

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Gene Ubriaco, Tracy Pratt, Nick Harbaruk, Bemie Lukowich, Vic Hadfield, John Flesch, Tom Cassidy, George Ferguson, Anders Hakansson, Rocky Saganiuk, Tim Tookey, Troy Loney, Dwight Mathiasen, Lee Giffin, Alain Lemieux, Warren Young, John Cullen, Alek Stojanov, Shawn Antoski, Darius Kasparaitis, Alexandre Daigle, Lasse Pirjeta, Guillaume Lefebvre, Jordan Staal, Kevin Porter

12
Ken Schinkel, Blaine Stoughton, Kelly Pratt, Greg Malone, Mltch Lamoreux, Dean DeFazio, Tom O’Regan, Tom Roulston, Bob Errey, Larry Depalma, Troy Murray, Chris Wells, Richard Park, Sean Pronger, Martin Sonnenberg, Billy Tibbetts, Michal Sivek, Ryan Malone, Chris Bourque, Brett Sterling, Richard Park, Jarome Iginla, Chuck Kobasew, Ben Lovejoy, Dominik Simon

13
Jim Hamilton, Charlie Simmer, Alex Goligoski, Bill Guerin, Nick Spaling, Nick Bonino, Brandon Tanev

14
Billy Dea, Rick Kessel, Ron Snell, Lowell MacDonald, Rene Robert, Wayne Bianachin, Nick Libett, Doug Shedden, Dan Quinn, Chris Kontos, Bryan Erickson, Jock Callander, Gordie Roberts, Dave Tippett, Brad Lauer, Stu Barnes, Pat Falloon, Milan Kraft, Shane Endicott, Christopher Minard, Chris Kunitz, Tanner Pearson

15
Bob Dillabough, Billy Harris, George Swarbrick, Steve Cardwell, Yvon Labre, Brian McKenzie, Rick Kessell, Bob McManama, Stan Gilbertson, Pat Boutette, Gary Rissling, Randy Cunneyworth, Dave Capuano, Doug Smith, Randy Gilhen, Shawn McEachern, Dmitri Mironov, Josef Beranek, Robert Dome, Roman Simicek, Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger, Niklas Nordgren, Mike Zigomanis, Dustin Jeffrey, Tanner Glass, Riley Sheahan

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Wayne Hicks, Ron Snell, Glen Sather, Sheldon Kannegieser, Ron Lalonde, Lew Morrison, Derek Sanderson, Kim Davis, Mike Meeker, Gary McAdam, Bennett Wolf, Marc Chorney, Mark Taylor, Jim McGeough, Kevin LaVallee, Charlie Simmer, Steve Gotaas, Jay Caufield, Mike Hudson, Joe Dziedzic, Eddie Olczyk, Jeff Serowik, Dennis Bonvie, Kris Beech, Erik Christensen, Paul Bissonnette, Chris Conner, Cal O’Reilly, Brandon Sutter, Eric Fehr, Josh Jooris

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Billy Speer, Bill LeCaine, Ron Schock, Rick Kehoe, Lee Giffin, Brad Aitken, Tomas Sandstrom, Peter Ferraro, Brian Bonin, Tom Chorske, Toby Petersen, Matt Murley, Karl Stewart, Petr Sykora, Mike Rupp, Zach Boychuk, Dustin Jeffrey, Taylor Pyatt, Blake Comeau, Bryan Rust

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George Konik, Wally Boyer, Lowell MacDonald, Ross Lonsberry, Kevin McClelland, Tom Roulston, Craig Simpson, Jimmy Mann, Mark Recchi, Richard Zemlak, Jeff Daniels, Ken Priestley, Francois Leroux, Garry Valk, Patrick Lebeau, Ryan Savoia, Josef Beranek, Shean Donovan, Steve Webb, Eric Boguniecki, Dominic Moore, Adam Hall, Marian Hossa, Chris Conner, James Neal, Frank Corrado, Alex Galchenyuk

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Bob Rivard, Jean Pronovost, Dale Tallon, Greg Sheppard, Rick MacLeish, Grant Sasser, Arto Javananien, Willy Lindstrom, Dave McLlwain, Randy Gilhen, Bryan Trottier, Vladimir Vujtek, Rico Fata, Ramzi Abid, Ryan Whitney, Mike Comrie, Jason Williams, Beau Bennett, Derick Brassard, Jared McCann

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Ab McDonald, Bob Woytowich, Dean Prentice, Robin Burns, John Stewart, George Swarbrick, Steve Cardwell, Yvon Labre, Jacques Cossette, Yves Bergeron, Pete Mahovlich, Paul Marshall, Paul Gardner, Gary Rissling, Moe Mantha, Dave Hunter, Dave Hannan, Jamie Leach, Jeff Daniels, Luc Robitaille, Bryan Smolinski, Greg Johnson, Roman Oksiuta, Robert Lang, Mathias Johansson, Mike Eastwood, Colby Armstrong, Janne Pesonen, Rob Klinkhammer, Frank Corrado

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Keith McCreary, Michel Briere (#21 was uncirculated from 1970 and officially retired on January 5, 2001.)

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Paul Andrea, Greg Polis, Bob Kelly, Brian Spencer, Kim Davis, Mike Bullard, Neil Belland, Dwight Mathiasen, Jim McGeough, Chris Joseph, Wayne Van Dorp, Steve Dykstra, Paul Stanton, Rick Tocchet, Norm Maciver Jason Woolley, Sven Butenschon, Dan LaCouture, Randy Robitaille, Matt Murley, Ric Jackman, Chris Thorburn, Jeff Taffe, Tim Wallace, Matt D’Agostini, Lee Stempniak, Kael Mouillierat, Matt Hunwick

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Mel Pearson, George Swarbrick, Jean Guy Legace, Bob Woytowich, Doug Barrie, Rick Kessell, John Stewart, Bob Leher, Eddie Shack, Larry Bignell, Nelson Debenedet, Ed Gilbert, Jim Hamilton, Rod Schutt, Gary Rissling, Doug Lecuyer, Rich Sutter, Andy Brickley, Wally Weir, Randy Hillier, Kjell Samuelsson, Paul Stanton, Chris Joseph, Domenic Pittis. Fredrik Olausson, Victor Ignatjev, Steve Leach, Dan Trebil, Steve McKenna, John Jakopin, Shane Endicott, Eric Boguniecki, Chris Conner, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ryan Craig, Trevor Smith, Steve Donnie, Scott Wilson

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Gary Swain, Rod Zaine, Tim Horton, Eddie Shack, Jean Guy Legace, Larry Bignell, Mario Faubert, Don Awrry, Bob Paradise, Pat Hughes, Marc Chorney, Pat Graham, Rob Garner, Ted Bulley, Kevin McCarthy, Roger Belanger, Dwight Mathiasen, Troy Loney, Doug Brown, lan Moran, Lyle Odelein, Kris Beech, Matt Cooke, Bobby Farnham, Cameron Gaunce, Dominik Kahun

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Billy Speer, Robin Bums, John Stewart, Darryl Edestrand, Nick Beverly, Dennis Owchar, Greg Redquest, Tom Price, Randy Carlyle, Kevin McCarthy, Ted Nolan, Norm Schmidt, Kevin Stevens, Alek Stojanov, Dan Kesa, Jeff Norton, Marc Bergevin, Maxime Talbot, Eric Tangradi, Andrew Ebbett, Tom Sestito

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Dunc McCallum, Mike McMahon, Jim Morrison, Syl Apps, Pete Mahovlich, Orest Kindrachuk, Paul Mulvey, Steve Gatzos, Wayne Babych, Mike Blaisdell, Mark Kachowski, Mike Stapleton, Richard Park, Dave McLlwain, Petr Klima, Darius Kasparaitis, Garry Valk, Frantisek Kucera, Kent Manderville, Landon Wilson, Ronald Petrovicky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Eric Tangradi, Steve Sullivan, Mark Arcobello, Daniel Winnick, Andrew Agozzino

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Jim Morrison, Joe Noris, Jim Shires, Hank Nowak,Yves Bergeron, Pete Laframboise, Mike Corrigan, Jacques Cossette, Rod Schutt, Todd Charlesworth, Gilles Meloche, Scott Bjugstad, Gilbert Delorme, Glen Murray, Eddie Olczyk, Alexei Kovalev, Georges Laraque, Craig Adams, Nick Bjugstad

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Ron Stackhouse, Harvey Bennett, Mario Faubert, Gene Carr, Tom Price, Jim Hamilton, Bob Simpson, Tim Hrynewich, Bruce Crowder, Robert Geale, Steve Gatzos, Dan Frawley, Gordie Roberts, Kjell Samuelsson, Greg Andrusak, Jeff Christian, Craig Muni, Dan Kesa, Michal Rozsival, Matt Hussey, Jani Rita, Nils Ekman, Adam Hall, Eric Godard, Ian Cole, Marcus Pettersson

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Al Smith, Jim Rutherford, Denis Herron, Andy Brown, Gary Inness, Bob Stumpf, Dunc Wilson, Greg Millen, Michel Dion, Phil Bourque, Markus Naslund, Tyler Wright, Krzysztof Oliwa, Brooks Orpik, Marc-Andre Fleury

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Les Binkley, Marv Edwards, Cam Newton, Andy Brown, Gary Inness, Bob Taylor, Gordon Laxton, Paul Gardner, Kim Davis, Gary Edwards, Roberto Romano, Steve Guenette. Alain Chevrier, Philip DeRouville, Jean-Sebastian Aubin, Dany Sabourin, Matt Murray

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Michel Plasse, Nick Ricci, Vincent Trembley, Brian Ford, Carl Mokosak, Rick Tabaracci, Tom Barrasso, Ken Wregget, Ron Tugnutt, Rich Parent, Sebastien Caron, Eric Hartnell, Antti Niemi

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Dave Hannan, Dave Goertz, Pat Mayer, Peter Taglianetti, John Slaney, Greg Crozier, Dick Tarnstrom, Alain Nasreddine, Christopher Minard, Mathieu Garon, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Mark Streit

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Tony Feltrin, Bob Simpson, Rocky Saganiuk, Bob Gladney, Doug Bodger, Mike Rowe, Mitch Wilson, Zarley Zalapski, Bryan Fogarty, Marty McSorley, Jim McKenzie, Stefan Bergkvist, Alex Hicks, Dan LaCouture, Guillaume Lefebvre, Reid Simpson, Zigmund Palffy, Eric Cairns, Ryan Stone, Steve MacIntyre, Greg McKegg

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Andre St. Laurent, Tom Thornbury, Greg Tebbutt, Randy Hillier, Ted Nolan, Todd Charlesworth, Lee Giffin, Dwight Mathiasen, Scott Young, Dave Michayluk, Greg Brown, Rusty Fitzgerald, Jeff Christian, Peter Popovic, Garth Snow, Ross Lupaschuk, Ramzi Abid, Jonathan Filewich, Bobby Farnham, Tom Kuhnhackl

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Roberto Romano, Warren Young, Darren Lowe, Ron Dugay, Brad Aitken, Tom Barrasso, Ty Conklin, Tristan Jarry

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Jock Callander, Pat Neaton, Greg Andrusak, Corey Foster, Brad Lauer, J.J. Daigneault, Matthew Barnaby, Tom Kostopoulos, Andre Roy, Connor James, John Curry, Jeff Zatkoff, Jussi Jokinen, Bryan Rust, Joseph Blandisi

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Justin Duberman, Ladislav Karabin, Greg Andrusak, Kip Miller, Tom Kostopoulos, Mikael Samuelsson, Ryan VandenBussche, Jarkku Ruutu, Bill Thomas, Brian Strait, Jeff Zatkoff, Carter Rowney, Sam Lafferty

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Scott Gruhl, Jiri Hrdina, Peter Allen, Andreas Johanson, Jan Hrdina, Jeff Taffe, Mark Letestu, Nick Johnson, Colin McDonald, Zach Sill, Derek Grant

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Mike Needham, Peter Allen, Joel Bouchard, Jon Sim, Christopher Minard, Luca Caputi, Brad Thiessen, Harry Zolnierczyk, David Perron, Jean-Sebastien Dea

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Frank Pietrangelo, Patrick Lalime, Andy Chiodo, Alexander Pechurski, Nick Drazenovic, Maxim Lapierre, Oskar Sundqvist

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Shane Endicott, Jocelyn Thibault, Nathan Smith, Martin Skoula, Robert Bortuzzo, Daniel Sprong

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Tuomos Gronman, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Corey Potter, Dylan Reese

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Jeff Daniels, Tomas Surovy, Philippe Boucher, Scott Wilson, Conor Sheary

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Todd Nelson, Drake Berehowsky, Ed Patterson, Rob Brown, Stephane Richer, Brooks Orpik, Taylor Chorney, Erik Gudbranson

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Mike Needham, Glen Mulvenna, Robert Scuderi, Arron Asham, Adam Payerl, Josh Archibald

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Victor Ignatjev, Pavel Skrbek, Jeff Toms, Joe Vitale, Dominik Uher, Zach Aston-Reese

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Maxim Galanov, Kent Manderville, Michal Sivek, Micki DuPont, Tim Brent, Simon Despres, Tom Sestito, Adam Johnson

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Sven Butenschon, Jeff Serowik, Konstantin Koltsov, Tyler Kennedy

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Greg Andrusak, Matt Hussey, Brad Thiessen, Brian Gibbons, Dominik Simon

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Martin Brochu, Juuso Riikola

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Dave Roche, Derrick Pouliot

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Rusty Fitzgerald

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Teddy Blueger

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Alexandre Picard

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Larry Murphy, Drake Berehowsky, Ric Jackman, Sergei Gonchar, Philip Samuelsson

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Sergei Zubov, Eric Tangradi

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Chris Ferraro, Shawn Heins, Marcel Goc, David Perron

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Kris Letang

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Robert Dome, Carl Sneep, Jayson Megna, Jake Guentzel

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Luca Caputi, Sergei Plotnikov, Steve Oleksy

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Carl Hagelin

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Tim Wallace

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Ben Lovejoy, Ron Hainsey

LEMIEUX NUMBER RETIRED

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Mario Lemieux #66 was retired from November 19, 1997 to December 27, 2000. Lemieux officially retired on January 24, 2006. A new banner was raised at the home opener on October 5, 2006.

October 5, 2006 An image of Mario Lemieux’ retirement banner is projected onto the ice at the Mellon Arena before the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh. The ceremony capped a busy day for Lemieux on his 41st birthday. Lemieux’ number 66 was previously retired from November 19, 1997 to December 27, 2000.

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Alex Goligoski, Paul Bissonnette

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Jaromir Jagr

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Jiri Slegr, Konstantin Koltsov, Evgeni Malkin

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Jeff Christian, Eric Meloche, Alex Kovalev, Patric Hornqvist

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Jack Johnson

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Jay McKee

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Ryan Reaves

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Richard Park

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Paul Coffey

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Miroslav Satan, Phil Kessel

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Martin Straka

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Petr Klima

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Sidney Crosby

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Rick Tocchet, Tomas Vokoun

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Petr Nedved

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Aleksey Morozov

Andrew Bynum Jersey Lakers

Rewind back to 14 years ago in the summer of 2005, when the Los Angeles Lakers surprisingly had a lottery pick in the draft. Nobody knew who they were going to select with options like Fran Vazquez, Sean May, and Rashad McCants on the board. Instead, they selected a 17-year old kid straight out of high school from New Jersey by the name of Andrew Bynum.

Some were left shocked but without much promising talent on the board in a weak draft, it wasn’t a move that backfired. Only two of the top-10 picks selected before Bynum became stars. Both were point guards (Chris Paul/Deron Williams).
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The Andrew Bynum pick came as a result of the Lakers most disappointing season (2004-05) in Kobe Bryant‘s era. Bryant did his part like always as he averaged 27.6 points and six assists.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have much help as the only reliable options on the roster were Caron Butler and Lamar Odom, who came to the Lakers in the Shaquille O’Neal trade that offseason. The Lakers won 34 games that season and went only 6-10 when Bryant was out.

To begin his Lakers career, Andrew Bynum had growing pains. Playing in LA as a young kid is no joke. One day they love you, the next day they hate you. As a rookie, he rarely played. Bynum played in only 46 games and averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in only seven minutes.

Bynum used the offseason to work on his game and most importantly his conditioning. People forget that Bynum was only 18-years-old after his rookie season ended.

Once it was time for his second year, you can see an improvement. A few months into the season, Bynum ended up replacing Kwame Brown as the team’s starting center and the rest was history.

For the season, Bynum averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22 minutes. His impact was largely felt on defense (1.6 bpg) where he changed shots every night.

One example of how much he had worked from year one to year two was at the free throw line. He went from shooting 30 percent to 67 percent in his second season.

Despite Bynum’s clear improvement as a player at such a young age, it wasn’t enough in the city with the brightest lights. During Bynum’s second season at the trade deadline, the Lakers turned down trade offers for him.

One of the offers the Lakers turned down was for star Jason Kidd. Bryant said “Are you kidding me?” Referring to the Lakers not shipping Bynum for such an accomplished athlete.

At the time it seemed like it would divide the Lakers locker room and be a mess that wouldn’t be cleaned up. Instead, it seemed to light a fire in Bynum, who became determined to become that force the Lakers needed at the moment. (That and working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

In his third season, he averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks. His season ended short after partially dislocating his left kneecap in a February game against Memphis. It was a big blow for the Lakers who went on to make the NBA Finals, thanks to the acquisition of Pau Gasol. The Lakers lost to Boston in six games. Had Bynum played, one can argue he would’ve been the difference.

For the next three seasons (2008-11), Andrew Bynum became a consistent big man who can affect the court on both ends. The problem was that he was constantly getting hurt. Bynum averaged 56 games played in the stretch. Not only was he missing games, but instead of playing 33-35 minutes, he was limited to 30 a night.

Despite injuries in 2009-10, Bynum helped the Lakers get two championships. He even played hurt against the Orlando Magic in 2009 NBA Finals, something that was needed against Dwight Howard, who was the most dominant center at the time.
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In the 2011-12 season, his final season in Los Angeles, it all came together for the 24-year-old. Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. It was by far his most complete season and it was evident that he would become one of the best centers in the league. Bynum not only made the All-Star game, but he was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team.

In the playoffs, Andrew Bynum showed his brilliance by posting a triple-double against the Nuggets in Game 1 of the opening round. Bynum had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks. He set a franchise playoff record in blocks and tied for most in NBA history with Mark Eaton and Hakeem Olajuwon.

After beating the Nuggets, the Lakers would go on to lose to the Thunder in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

It ended up being the last of Bynum in a Lakers uniform. The Lakers went on to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal that brought Howard to the Lakers.

He missed the entire 2012-13 season with arthroscopic surgery on both knees