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yannessa_is_god

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Penguins 50th Anniversary Documentary!
« on: December 02, 2016, 11:50:27 PM »

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Re: Penguins 50th Anniversary Documentary!
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 05:37:52 PM »

They showed it on Root last week and it was amazing to watch.  So many great memories and crazy all the times the franchise was assumed dead in the water.  Heck, 49ers owner saved the team in the 80s when government was locking the doors.

We are very fortunate with all the talent that has passed through here.  Pens had a stretch where they dominated the scoring title and could continue he again with Crosby this season.

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Re: Penguins 50th Anniversary Documentary!
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2016, 08:53:45 AM »

The first bankruptcy came in the summer of 1975, just weeks after blowing the 3-0 series lead vs the Islanders. Debartolo became principal owner in 1977.

From the Wikipedia page on him:
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The family also owned the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League from February 1977 until selling it to an ownership group led by Howard Baldwin in November 1991. His team would win the Stanley Cup in 1991. He would be engraved onto the Stanley Cup along with his daughter Denise DeBartolo York.[2] DeBartolo said at a rally after the first win that the occasion "possibly the happiest moment of my life."[3]

Very neat that the Pens meant that much to Mr. Debartolo! While Mario Lemieux's role saving the Pens is not arguable (no Lemieux = no Penguins that plain and simple), many who remember the 1977-1984 era give credit to Debartolo for saving the Pens as well. Hamilton was aggressively courting them back then (as they were in the mid-2000s) and he very easily could have sold or moved. Instead he rode the course, and even took Eddie Johnston's advice that the team needed to lose to get Lemieux instead of their usual during that period make the playoffs as a bottom seed and be more of a nuisance to the top teams like Boston, St. Louis, and the Islanders during that era. Mr. Debartolo's role in Penguins' lore is secure, and possibly would rank as their #2 savior behind Lemieux and even ahead of Crosby. Tough call but if not for Debartolo absorbing losses for years, the Pens would be in Hamilton or Ottawa.

Speaking of which, I wonder if Denise Debartolo York was invited to their reunion night this past Saturday? Howard Baldwin (1992) was the only owner their and was the first person introduced.
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Re: Penguins 50th Anniversary Documentary!
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 01:48:59 AM »

DeBartolo family basically built Boardman, OH. A lot of people use to shop there that are from Beaver and Lawrence County, especially before Cranberry blew up.
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