1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins season

1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins season

The Pittsburgh Penguins season was Mario Lemieux’s Rookie Season. Lemieux debuted on October 11, 1984 against the Boston Bruins and scored a goal with his very first NHL shot, on his first shift. Later that season, Lemieux played in the NHL All-Star Game and became the first rookie to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. Despite missing seven games during the season, Lemieux scored 100 points and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year.

Offseason

NHL Draft

= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 1 Mario Lemieux (C) Laval Voisins (QMJHL)
2 22 Greg Smyth (D) London Knights (OHL)
4 64 Mark Teevens (RW) Peterborough Petes (OHL)
5 85 Arto Javanainen (RW) Ässät (Finland)
7 127 Tom Ryan (D) Newton North High School (Massachusetts)
9 169 John Del Col (LW) Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
10 189 Steve Hurt (RW) Hill-Murray High School (Minnesota)
11 210 Jim Steen (C) Moorhead Senior School (Minnesota)
12 230 Mark Ziliotto (LW) Streetsville Jr. B (Ontario)

Before the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Lemieux announced he wanted to play for whomever drafted him. He and his agent were deadlocked with the Penguins and could not negotiate a contract. Because of this, when the Penguins called his name as the first overall draft pick, he did not shake general manager Eddie Johnston's hand or don the Penguins jersey, as is NHL tradition. He claimed he was upset about the contract negotiation, and said that "Pittsburgh doesn't want [him] bad enough. Even though the draft was held in Montreal, over 3,000 fans viewed a broadcast in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena — a typical Penguins game drew less than 7,000 fans at the time. Lemieux's actions upset many fans and led to accusations of arrogance and aloofness. After the draft, Johnston signed Lemieux to a two-year contract for $600,000, plus a $150,000 bonus for signing. Although Lemieux wore the jersey #27 during his time with the Laval Voisins, he wanted to adopt Wayne Gretzky's #99 when he entered the NHL. However, his agent advised him to create his own identity; thus, Lemieux turned #99 upside down and landed on #66, which stuck with him throughout his career.

Regular season

Season standings

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Wayne Babych 65 20 34 54 35
Bob Errey 16 0 2 2 7
Jim Hamilton 11 2 1 3 0
Dave Hannan 30 6 7 13 43
Troy Loney 46 10 8 18 59
Gary Rissling 56 10 9 19 209
Andy Brickley 45 7 15 22 10
Tom O'Regan 1 0 0 0 0
Steve Gatzos 6 0 2 2 2
Rick Kehoe 6 0 2 2 0
Ron Flockhart 12 0 5 5 4
Arto Javanainen 14 4 1 5 2
Bruce Crowder 26 4 7 11 23
Mark Taylor 47 7 10 17 19
Mike Bullard 68 32 31 63 75
Warren Young 80 40 32 72 174
Mario Lemieux 73 43 57 100 54
Rob Geale 1 0 0 0 2
Jim McGeough 14 0 4 4 4
Pat Boutette 14 1 3 4 24
Roger Belanger 44 3 5 8 32
Mitch Lamoureux 62 10 8 18 53
John Chabot 67 8 45 53 12
Doug Shedden 80 35 32 67 30
Joe McDonnell 40 2 9 11 20

Defencemen

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Marty McSorley 15 0 0 0 15
Petteri Lehto 6 0 0 0 4
Mike Rowe 6 0 0 0 7
Greg Hotham 11 0 2 2 4
Wally Weir 14 0 3 3 34
Greg Fox 26 2 5 7 26
Bryan Maxwell 44 0 8 8 57
Todd Charlesworth 67 1 8 9 31
Rod Buskas 69 2 7 9 191
Kevin McCarthy 64 9 10 17 30
Randy Hillier 45 2 19 21 56
Doug Bodger 65 5 26 31 67
Moe Mantha 71 11 40 51 54

Goaltending

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against
Player GP W L T SO GAA
Roberto Romano 31 9 17 2 1 4.42
Denis Herron 42 10 22 3 1 4.65
Michel Dion 10 3 6 0 0 4.67
Brian Ford 8 2 6 0 0 6.30

Awards and records

References

Notes

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