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‘It’s a Great Day for Hockey’: New Penguins Exhibit at Heinz History Center



All Photos from Dan Kingerski. All Rights Reserved.

The John Heinz History Center welcomed Pittsburgh’s sports media on Thursday to celebrate the opening of its “A Great Day for Hockey” exhibit. The display holds memorabilia from each year the Penguins took home the Stanley Cup – 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016 and 2017. The exhibit paid homage to current and former players like Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Mario Lemieux.

The new exhibit opens Saturday.

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The exhibit is titled, “It’s a Great Day for Hockey.”

It always is. No one will ever forget Badger Bob Johnson and his iconic expression. Here is his legendary practice jacket, seen in so many photos:


Remember thousands of people crowding the Pittsburgh Airport? Remember Mike Lange shouting, “Oh Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, get me the brandy,”?

Seven years after the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Mario Lemieux, Super Mario finally took his place among the hockey champions.


One of the great moments in Pittsburgh and great moments of Lemieux’s career. The 1990 NHL All-Star game. Lemieux scored just 21 seconds into the game and the old Melon Arena shook.

And Pittsburgh fans let Wayne Gretzky know who they thought was the best ever. Lemieux scored a hat trick and was the game MVP.



The exhibit also pays tribute to one of the great sled hockey players and Olympic gold medalist–Pittsburgh native, Dan McCoy. Dan’s family donated several items from his career, including one his first sleds which he had not seen since he was eight years old.

For more on the inspirational player whose family is leading the local sled hockey expansion to involve more children, here is the first of the two-part feature piece published by Pittsburgh Hockey Now.



A mask for every goalie. So many goalies, so little time


If this player needs an introduction, you’re probably lost.


The Heinz History Museum included the first women’s team, as well. Who knew?


Seeing the Stanley Cup never gets old, does it?

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3 years ago

Is the Goalie Mask collection on loan from Dana Heinze?

Dan Kingerski
3 years ago

David Morehouse made the same joke during introductions!

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