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  • 1. 

    In what state is the NHL Penguins hockey team based?

    • A.

      Pennsylvania

    • B.

      Tennessee

    • C.

      Georgia

    • D.

      Chicago

    Correct Answer
    A. Pennsylvania
    Explanation
    The NHL Penguins hockey team is based in Pennsylvania.

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  • 2. 

    What was the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena name changed to in 1999?

    • A.

      Pitt Stadium

    • B.

      HSBC Arena

    • C.

      Penguin Hall

    • D.

      Mellon Arena

    Correct Answer
    D. Mellon Arena
    Explanation
    In 1999, the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena underwent a name change and became known as Mellon Arena.

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  • 3. 

    The Penguins' Mellon Arena was named after which Pittsburgh-based money management firm?

    • A.

      Mellon Mutual

    • B.

      Mellon Financial

    • C.

      Mellon Money

    • D.

      Mellon Soup Kitchen

    Correct Answer
    B. Mellon Financial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mellon Financial. Mellon Financial is a Pittsburgh-based money management firm that had the naming rights to the Penguins' arena, which was called Mellon Arena.

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  • 4. 

    What was the nickname of George Sullivan, Pittsburgh Penguins coach from 1967-69?

    • A.

      Shorty

    • B.

      Georgie

    • C.

      Red

    • D.

      Sully

    Correct Answer
    C. Red
    Explanation
    George Sullivan, the Pittsburgh Penguins coach from 1967-69, was nicknamed "Red." This nickname could have been given to him due to his hair color or complexion. It is common for people with red hair or a reddish complexion to be referred to as "Red." This nickname could have been used to distinguish him from other individuals with the same name or to highlight a distinct physical feature.

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  • 5. 

    Which Penguin did broadcaster Mike Lange refer to as "slippery rock Joe"?

    • A.

      Joel Bouchard

    • B.

      Joe Mullen

    • C.

      Jordan Staal

    • D.

      Jaromir Jagr

    Correct Answer
    B. Joe Mullen
    Explanation
    Broadcaster Mike Lange referred to Joe Mullen as "slippery rock Joe." This nickname suggests that Mullen was a skilled and elusive player, able to maneuver around opponents with ease. The use of "slippery rock" implies Mullen's ability to maintain balance and agility on the ice, making it difficult for defenders to stop him.

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  • 6. 

    What former Penguin was responsible for a play known as the "Murphy Dump"?

    • A.

      Glen Murray

    • B.

      Larry Murphy

    • C.

      Tony Murray

    • D.

      Murphy Law

    Correct Answer
    B. Larry Murphy
    Explanation
    Larry Murphy is the correct answer because he was a former Penguin player who was responsible for a play known as the "Murphy Dump". This play refers to a strategy where Murphy would intentionally dump the puck into the offensive zone to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

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  • 7. 

    Why did Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bob Johnson step down in 1991?

    • A.

      Had Brain Cancer

    • B.

      Went To Coach In AHL

    • C.

      Wanted More Money

    • D.

      Retired

    Correct Answer
    A. Had Brain Cancer
    Explanation
    Bob Johnson stepped down as the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 because he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This health issue likely made it difficult for him to continue coaching at the professional level.

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  • 8. 

    In 1992-93 the Pittsburgh Penguins won what trophy, awarded for the most regular-season points?

    • A.

      Art Ross Trophy

    • B.

      Vezina Trophy

    • C.

      President's Trophy

    • D.

      Calder Trophy

    Correct Answer
    C. President's Trophy
    Explanation
    The Pittsburgh Penguins won the President's Trophy in 1992-93. The President's Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the most points. This trophy recognizes the team's outstanding performance and consistency throughout the season. It is not to be confused with other trophies like the Art Ross Trophy (awarded to the league's leading scorer), the Vezina Trophy (awarded to the best goaltender), or the Calder Trophy (awarded to the best rookie player).

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  • 9. 

    On September 3, 1999, who became owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

    • A.

      Mario Lemieux

    • B.

      Jaromir Jagr

    • C.

      Morris Belzberg

    • D.

      Harold Baldwin

    Correct Answer
    A. Mario Lemieux
    Explanation
    Mario Lemieux became the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins on September 3, 1999. He is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Penguins during his career. Lemieux purchased the team to save it from bankruptcy and has since played a significant role in the team's success both on and off the ice. As the owner, Lemieux has been instrumental in building a winning team and ensuring the Penguins' long-term stability.

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  • 10. 

    What award did Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby win as the NHL top scorer for 2006-07?

    • A.

      Calder Memorial Trophy

    • B.

      Art Ross Trophy

    • C.

      Hart Memorial Trophy

    • D.

      Vezina Trophy

    Correct Answer
    B. Art Ross Trophy
    Explanation
    The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the player who leads the NHL in scoring during the regular season. Sidney Crosby won this award in the 2006-07 season, as he recorded the highest number of points in the league. The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded to the rookie of the year, the Hart Memorial Trophy is given to the most valuable player, and the Vezina Trophy is awarded to the best goaltender.

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  • 11. 

    By the 1971-72 season, how many years had the Pittsburgh Penguins been part of the NHL?

    • A.

      Ten

    • B.

      Thirty

    • C.

      Five

    • D.

      Twenty

    Correct Answer
    C. Five
    Explanation
    The Pittsburgh Penguins had been part of the NHL for five years by the 1971-72 season.

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  • 12. 

    The 1984-85 season was the rookie year for what #66 Pittsburgh Penguin?

    • A.

      Sidney Crosby

    • B.

      Gary Rissling

    • C.

      Mario Lemieux

    • D.

      Jaromir Jagr

    Correct Answer
    C. Mario Lemieux
    Explanation
    Mario Lemieux is the correct answer because he played his rookie year for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1984-85 season. Sidney Crosby, Gary Rissling, and Jaromir Jagr are all notable players who have played for the Penguins, but they did not have their rookie seasons in the 1984-85 season.

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  • 13. 

    How did Mario Lemieux come to wear jersey #66 jersey in the NHL?

    • A.

      His Favorite Number

    • B.

      Number He Was Drafted

    • C.

      Turned 99 Upside Down

    • D.

      Only Number Available

    Correct Answer
    C. Turned 99 Upside Down
    Explanation
    Mario Lemieux wore jersey #66 in the NHL because he turned 99 upside down. This suggests that Lemieux chose the number as a way to pay tribute to his fellow hockey player Wayne Gretzky, who famously wore jersey #99. By wearing #66, Lemieux was able to honor Gretzky while also creating his own unique identity in the sport.

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  • 14. 

    The 1991-92 season marked which year of the Pittsburgh Penguins' involvement in the NHL?

    • A.

      20th

    • B.

      25th

    • C.

      45th

    • D.

      50th

    Correct Answer
    B. 25th
    Explanation
    The 1991-92 season marked the 25th year of the Pittsburgh Penguins' involvement in the NHL. This means that the team had been participating in the league for 24 years prior to this season.

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  • 15. 

    On April 7, 1974, Penguin Andy Brown was the last goalie to play an NHL game without what?

    • A.

      A Mask

    • B.

      Pads

    • C.

      Skates

    • D.

      A Stick

    Correct Answer
    A. A Mask
    Explanation
    Andy Brown was the last goalie to play an NHL game without a mask. In the early days of hockey, goaltenders did not wear masks for protection. It wasn't until the mid-1950s that masks started to become more common. Andy Brown played his last NHL game in 1974, which was after masks had become a standard piece of equipment for goalies. Therefore, he was the last goalie to play without a mask.

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