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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. They play in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvaniamarker at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plazamarker.


The Pittsburgh Penguins' top minor league affiliate throughout the 1990s was the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL. However, in the mid 1990s, the IHL began moving away from being a developmental league and more towards being a top independent minor league. For this reason, the Penguins wanted their top minor league affiliate in the AHL. The Penguins purchased the dormant Cornwall Aces AHL franchise from the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, but left the team inactive until the 1999–2000 season when it was placed in Wilkes-Barre. The team is affectionately referred to as "The Baby Penguins" by fans. The WBS Pens have gone to the Calder Cup Final three times in their ten year existence, most recently in 2008 by way of beating the Portland Pirates in a thrilling seven game series in the Eastern Conference finals; the Penguins took game seven by a score of 3-2 after being down in the series three games to two. They went on to play the Chicago Wolves in the final, but lost the series 4-2.

Their mascot is Tux the penguin, who wears number #99 in reference to the team's first season in 1999. The team celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008/2009 with the catch phrase of "Making Memories". The team qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2009 for the seventh year in a row and attempted to make the Calder Cup Final for the third time in six years to try and win the franchise's first Cup. The Pens fourth drive to the Calder Cup Final came to end against the Hershey Bears in the conference semifinals. The series went to seven games with Hershey taking the final two at home by identical scores of 3-0 after the Pens won three in a row in Wilkes-Barre.

They began their 11th season of play on October 3, 2009 with a home win against the Syracuse Crunch. Their slogan for this season is "Where Champions are Born", a reference to their parent Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup.

Season-by-season results

Regular Season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals


1999–00 80 23 43 9 5 β€” 60 236 306 5th, Empire State
2000–01 80 36 33 9 2 β€” 83 252 248 2nd, Mid-Atlantic
2001–02 80 20 44 13 3 β€” 56 201 274 4th, South
2002–03 80 36 32 7 5 β€” 84 245 248 3rd, South
2003–04 80 34 28 10 8 β€” 86 197 197 3rd, East
2004–05 80 39 27 β€” 7 7 92 227 219 4th, East
2005–06 80 51 18 β€” 5 6 113 249 178 1st, East
2006–07 80 51 23 β€” 2 4 108 276 221 2nd, East
2007–08 80 47 26 β€” 3 4 101 223 187 1st, East
2008–09 80 49 25 β€” 3 3 104 274 212 3rd, East


Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1999–00 Out of Playoffs
2000–01 β€” W, 3–2, SYR W, 4–2, PHIL W, 4–0, HER L, 2–4,SJNB
2001–02 Out of Playoffs
2002–03 W, 2–0, UT L, 1–3, GR β€” β€” β€”
2003–04 β€” W, 4–3, BRI W, 4–2, PHIL W, 4–3, HART L, 0–4,MIL
2004–05 β€” W, 4–2, BING L, 1–4, PHIL β€” β€”
2005–06 β€” W, 4–3, BRI L, 0–4, HER β€” β€”
2006–07 β€” W, 4–2, NOR L, 1–4, HER β€” β€”
2007–08 β€” W, 4–1, HER W, 4–1, PHIL W, 4-3 PORT L, 2-4, CHI
2008–09 β€” W, 4–1, BRI L,3-4 HER β€” β€”

Current roster

As of November 28, 2009

# Player Catches Place of birth Contract status

35 Adam Berkhoel L Woodbury, Minnesotamarker AHL (2009)
Currently on loan to Wheeling Nailers
36 John Curry L Shorewood, Minnesotamarker NHL two-way (2009)
39 Brad Thiessen L Aldergrove, British Columbiamarker NHL two-way (2009)

# Player Shoots Place of birth Contract status

2 Nate Guenin R Sewickley, Pennsylvaniamarker NHL two-way (2009)
3 Lane Caffaro L Slave Lake, Albertamarker AHL try-out (2009)
4 Jon D'Aversa L Richmond Hill, Ontariomarker NHL entry-level (2007)
5 Deryk Engelland R Chetwynd, British Columbiamarker NHL two-way (2007)
6 Ben Lovejoy R Canaan, New Hampshiremarker NHL two-way (2009)
7 Brian Strait L Boston, Massachusettsmarker NHL entry-level (2009)
8 Robert Bortuzzo R Thunder Bay, Ontariomarker NHL entry-level (2009)
12 Alex Grant R Antigonish, Nova Scotiamarker NHL entry-level (2008)
14 Chris Lee L MacTier, Ontariomarker NHL two-way (2009)

# Player Position Shoots Place of birth Contract status
9 Konstantin Pushkarev RW L Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstanmarker AHL
11 TJ Fox C L Oswego, New Yorkmarker AHL
13 Zach Sill F L Truro, Nova Scotiamarker AHL
15 Wade Brookbank LW L Lanigan, Saskatchewanmarker NHL two-way
16 Casey Pierro-Zabotel LW L Ashcroft, British Columbiamarker NHL entry-level
Currently on loan to Wheeling Nailers
17 Luca Caputi LW R Toronto, Ontariomarker NHL entry-level (2008)
18 Jesse Boulerice RW R Plattsburgh, New Yorkmarker AHL
19 Wyatt Smith C L Thief River Falls, Minnesotamarker NHL two-way (2009)
21 Dustin Jeffrey C L Sarnia, Ontariomarker NHL entry-level (2008)
23 Chris Conner RW L Westland, Michiganmarker NHL two-way (2009)
24 Tim Wallace LW R Anchorage, Alaskamarker NHL two-way (2009)
25 Eric Tangradi LW L Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker NHL entry-level (2008)
26 Joe Vitale C R St. Louis, Missourimarker NHL entry-level (2009)
28 Nick Johnson RW L Calgary, Albertamarker NHL entry-level (2008)
34 Aaron Boogaard RW R Regina, Saskatchewanmarker NHL entry-level (2007)
37 Ryan Bayda LW L Saskatoon, Saskatchewanmarker NHL two-way (2009)
41 Joey Haddad LW L Sydney, Nova Scotiamarker AHL
44 Keven Veilleux RW R Saint-Georges, Quebecmarker NHL entry-level (2008)

Team records

Single season

Goals: 34 Chris Minard (2008–09)
Assists: 50 Jeff Taffe (2008–09) and Janne Pesonen (2008–09)
Points: 82 Janne Pesonen (2008–09)
Penalty minutes: 431 Dennis Bonvie (2005–06)
Goaltending wins: 33 John Curry (2008–09)
GAA: 2.26 Dany Sabourin (2005–06)
SV%: .922 Rich Parent (2000–01) and Dany Sabourin (2005–06)


Career goals: 97 Tom Kostopoulos
Career assists: 149 Tom Kostopoulos
Career points: 246 Tom Kostopoulos
Career penalty minutes: 1081 Dennis Bonvie
Career goaltending wins: 66 John Curry
Career shutouts: 10 Sebastien Caron
Career games: 318 Tom Kostopoulos

AHL records

As of the 2007–08 AHL Season. Data from the AHL Hall of Fame Website. [81884]


Longest Road Winning Streak (one season): 13 games (October 9 – December 3, 2005) (tied)


Most points by a defenceman, career: 486 John Slaney (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, W.B./Scr., Phila.)

Most goals by a defenceman, career: John Slaney, 157 (Baltimore, Portland, Cornwall, W.B./Scr., Phila.)

Most goals by a Defenceman, season: John Slaney, 30 (1999–2000)

Most PIM, career: 4,104 Dennis Bonvie (Cape Breton, Hamilton, Portland, Phila., W.B./Scr., Providence, Binghamton, Hershey)

Most PIM, game: Steve Parsons, 64 (March 17, 2002 vs. Syracuse)

AHL awards and trophies


Richard F. Canning Trophy

F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy

Robert W. Clarke Trophy

Eddie Shore Award

Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award

Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award

Yanick Dupre Memorial Award

Notable Penguins



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