Today we have a list by STEVEisME1025.
The Top Five Names in Pittsburgh Penguins History.
It's actually a top ten, but whatev.
Way to show extra effort.
It's that kind of hustle that makes the coach notice you.
First off, honorable mention to
German Titov. What a man!!!
Number 10- Ramzi Abid
He only played a total of 19 games as a Penguin however he makes this list
for the sole reason that, in NHL 08, he was at the top of the player list
in Free agency. I thought he had a decent wrist shot as well, but Ramzi
barely makes this countdown.
Number 9- Wayne Hicks
Mr. Hicks played in Pittsburgh in the 1967 season for a total of 15 games.
He was able to tally four goals in his brief stint. If he is known for
anything – and that's a stretch – it's that he played in one game in the 1961 Stanley
Cup Finals earning him a spot on the cup.
Number 8- Hans Jonsson
Maybe the most Swedish hockey name ever. Hans played a total of four
seasons with the 'guins from 1999-2003. He currently still plays for the
Modo Hockey club in the Swedish Elitserien.
Number 7- Jiri Slegr
One of the two players in this list that I instantly thought of when I saw
the number 71 prior to Malkin showing up in the 'burgh. He was a Pen from
1997-2001 during the 'dark era' in Penguins history. To be honest, Slegr
makes this list for the sole fact that I just tried to score with him in
NHL 98 just so I could see the proper spelling of his name.
Number 6- Wilf Paiement
Wilf ended his NHL career in Pittsburgh in 1988. A fun fact about him is
that he received the first ever fifteen game suspension in league history.
Thank you Wikipedia! However, any man named Wilf clearly has to make
Number 5- Krzysztof Oliwa
One of my favorite big men in Penguins history. Krzysztof was a left
winger for the Pens in the 2001-2002 hockey season. Nicknamed "The Polish
Hammer," enforce is all the man could do. He did win a cup with the 2000
Devils and for that he gets his name on Lord Stanley.
Number 4- François Leroux
Leroux played in Pittsburgh from 1994 to 1997 before making his return to
Wilkes-Barre in 2002. He was a defensive defensemen that tallied a total
of two goals and fourteen assists as a Pen. This man makes my list for
one reason however, and I will steal this story from an old friend of mine.
I use the term "old" with a purpose, YES, I just bashed someone on The Pensblog.
Someone a long time ago had a few too many beers at a game and
shouted at Francios, "François Leroux, you're no Lemieux".
That line would remain in my head for years.
Number 3- Konstantin Koltsov
We arrive at one of my favorite under-achieving Pens of all time. Koltsov
is the true number 71 in my book. To say Koltsov never lived up to his
hype would be an understatement. He was drafted in the first round by the
Pens in 1999 and never really found a permanent place in the NHL. The man
could skate but, sadly, that's about it.
I compare him a lot to a Janne Pesonen-type player.
Number 2- Zarley Zalapski
From Abid to Zalapski. A man with a name like this definitely needed to
make this list. He was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 NHL draft by
Pittsburgh. He played here for four seasons recording 33 goals. He is one
of the few players in Pens history with both a kick-ass name and an
Number 1- Jon Sim
Quite possibly my favorite name in professional sports history. Simply
six letters that spell out a far below average hockey player. He only was
a Penguin for fifteen games in 2003-2004, however, he continues to play
in the Islanders system. He did score two goals in his stint as a Pen
and I guarantee that even John Barbaro had a hard time putting emphasis on
this name when he announced it over the P.A.