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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Alumni Help Pittsburgh Lift Stanley Cup

  June 12, 2016   The Pittsburgh Penguins captured their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history on Sunday night. On the long and difficult road to hockey’s ultimate prize, one of Pittsburgh’s biggest assists came from Northeastern Pennsylvania.   Six players that began the 2015-16 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played significant roles in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Pittsburgh. Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Tom Kühnhackl, Derrick Pouliot, Oskar Sundqvist… read more
Posted on 06/13/16


June 8, 2016 | by Nick Hart Tom Sestito had a wild season, to say the least. He arrived in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a try-out, only to suffer multiple injuries in the first half of the year. Yet he battled his way back to full health, earned an NHL contract midway through the season, became a dad for the first time, and his play peaked at the right time for the Penguins during the postseason. But while Sestito was trying to navigate the twists and turns on his path this season, teammates and staff… read more
Posted on 06/08/16


By Brian Coe | June 2, 2016 Conor Sheary boarded a plane to St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 1, 2014.  That trip came after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forced a Game Six in their playoff series with a 4-2 win over the IceCaps on their home rink.  It was Sheary’s first foray into postseason play, and it ended in defeat. Exactly two years to the date later, Sheary and his teammates will make another trans-continental flight, this one to the west coast, and with a chance… read more
Posted on 06/02/16


by Paige Stuppy Steve Oleksy shared in the heartbreak of his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton teammates following their Game Seven overtime loss at the hands of the Hershey Bears. But even in the haze of defeated emotions that could engulf a competitor like Oleksy in that moment, he was sure of one thing: He was proud to be a Penguin. “It was an honor to put on that jersey,” Oleksy said. “After our last game, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but I made a little speech to the guys,… read more
Posted on 05/31/16


May 27, 2016 By Brian Coe Bryan Rust stood on the ice at the CONSOL Energy Center following the Pittsburgh Penguins Game Seven win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, chatting with NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire after netting both goals to in the Pens’ 2-1 victory. Talk soon turned to Mike Sullivan, with McGuire asking what the bench boss brought to Pittsburgh when he was named the team’s head coach in early December.  At the time, the Penguins were mired with a mediocre record, sitting… read more
Posted on 05/27/16


by Paige Stuppy Jake Guentzel exploded in playoff action, putting up 14 points (5G-9A) to lead all players in the Calder Cup Playoffs by the time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ run was over. He hadn’t even played a full season in the AHL yet. Guentzel joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton near the end of the 2015-16 regular season, making his AHL debut against Binghamton on Mar. 23. During his 11 regular season games with the team, he posted two goals and four assists. Those were less notable… read more
Posted on 05/26/16


May 24, 2016 by Nick Hart   It didn’t take long after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ season came to an end for fans to stop and wonder if Tom Kostopoulos had played his final game. No one has to wonder any more. The captain is coming back. Kostopoulos, 37-years-young and a living legend as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points, inked a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Penguins on Tuesday, extending his career to an… read more
Posted on 05/24/16


May 24, 2016 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have re-signed forward Tom Kostopoulos to an American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season. Kostopoulos enters his 18th season of professional hockey and 10th year with the Penguins organization. The 37-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario had his most productive season in a decade in 2015-16, appearing in 75 games last year for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and racking up 52 points (19G-33A).… read more
Posted on 05/24/16


By Brian Coe Tom Kostopoulos has seen a lot in his 17 years of professional hockey.  But the 2015-16 season was something totally new for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain. “This year it was something I never experienced before,” relayed the veteran of more than 1200 professional games.  “The beginning of the season was amazing for us, and then there were a lot of changes, with guys going to Pittsburgh and injuries and a coaching change. But I thought everyone… read more
Posted on 05/23/16


May 23, 2016 The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jake Guentzel to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The two-way contract will begin with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign. Guentzel, 21, joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout contract late in the regular season this year, and quickly established himself as a quality point producer with six points (2G-4A) in… read more
Posted on 05/23/16
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