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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium: CONSOL Energy Center
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Titles: 3: 1990-91, 1991-92, 2008–09
Pittsburgh Penguins Conference Championships: 4
Notable Players: Michel Briere, Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier
The Pittsburgh Penguins were established in 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins would struggle for much of heir early history until the team drafted Mario Lemieux in 1984 and then Jaromir Jagr in 1990. The two players became a scoring machine for the Penguins, and would help win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. The Pittsburgh Penguins would find themselves in financial trouble later in the 1990's and were forced to make contract cuts to stay afloat. They did continue to have some play-off success, but found themselves in rebuilding mode in the early 2000's. The current squad is young and chock full of talent.
In 2010, the Penguins left the Mellon Arena, at the time the NHL's oldest, for the CONSOL Energy Center. The $321 million facility was completed in 2010, in time for the 2010-2011 Penguins season. The new arena seats over 18,000 hockey fans and includes 2,000 box seats and 66 luxury suites. The historic Mellon Arena reverted to the Civic Arena and, unless saved by a historic designation, will be demolished. The distinctive shape of the old arena (reminiscent of an igloo), provided the Penguins with their name.
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