WBS PENGUINS TOP 25 TEAM ANNOUNCED

January 4, 2024 Brian Coe

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The fans have spoken, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are happy to announce results from online voting for the Top 25 Penguins of All-Time.

The vote is a part of the team’s 25th season celebration, and pays tribute to many of the players who have made the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins one of the top franchises in the American Hockey League since joining the league in 1999.

Fans were able to vote for up to 25 of their favorite players through the team’s website throughout the month of October.   Any player who had played a minimum of 40 games with the team was eligible to be selected.

More than 500 fans cast their ballots, and the following list of players was compiled from those votes.

The players (in alphabetical order) are:

Colby Armstrong:  Spent four seasons with WBS.  Ranks in top 15 in games played (251), assists (83) and points (129).

Paul Bissonnette: Popular forward appeared in 161 games over four seasons, recording 387 penalty minutes.

Teddy Blueger:  Spent parts of four seasons with WBS, recording 115 points (49+66) in 179 games.

Dennis Bonvie: AHL Hall of Famer spent five seasons with WBS.  Holds the team record with 1,284 penalty minutes in just 285 games.

Sebastien Caron:  Spent parts of five seasons with WBS.  Ranks fourth in team history in games played (123) and third in shutouts (10) in team history.

Andy Chiodo:  Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Led the 2003-04 Penguins goaltenders with 44 games played, four shutouts and 18 victories during his rookie season.  Also appeared in 18 postseason games in 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Deryk Engelland: Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Ranks 10th in team history with 405 penalty minutes.

Bobby Farnham:  Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Ranks sixth in team history with 666 penalty minutes.

Marc-Andre Fleury:  Spent parts of four seasons with WBS.  Led the team with 26 wins and four shutouts in 2004-05.  Olympic gold medal winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion.

Jake Guentzel:  Spent parts of two seasons with WBS.  Recorded 48 points (23+25) in 44 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Averaged .52 goals and 1.1 points per game.

Tristan Jarry:  Spent parts of four seasons with WBS.  Third on the team’s all-time list with 77 wins and tied for third with 10 shutouts.

Chris Kelleher: Spent four seasons with WBS.  Is 12th all-time with 250 games played with the Penguins.  Set the team record with five points (1+4) in a playoff game on April 13, 2001 vs. Syracuse.

Tom Kostopoulos:  Spent parts of 11 seasons with WBS.  Holds the team records for games (658), goals (186), assists (283) and points (469).  Two-time AHL All-Star with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  One of only four players ever to appear in 600 games in both the AHL and NHL.

Ben Lovejoy:  Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Led the AHL with a plus-42 rating in 2008-09.  Won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016.

Matt Murray: Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Recorded a team record 12 shutouts during the 2014-15 season, and established a league record for longest shutout streak.  Won Aldege ‘Baz” Bastien Award (Outstanding Goaltender), Dudley “Red” Garrett Award (Outstanding Rookie) and Harry “Hap” Holmes Award (Lowest Team GAA – with Jeff Zatkoff) in 2014-15.  Won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh.

Alain Nasreddine: Spent parts of five seasons with WBS.  Second in team history with 57 playoff games played and 82 playoff penalty minutes.  Team captain in 2005-06.  Spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the team.

Brooks Orpik:  Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Went on to play 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, and captured the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

Toby Petersen: Spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins.  Ranks tied for second on the team’s all-time points list with 177.  Led the team in scoring during the 2000-01 (67 points) and 2002-03 (66 points) seasons.

Bryan Rust: Spent parts of three seasons in WBS.  Captured Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017.

Rob Scuderi:  Spent parts of five seasons with WBS.  Ranks second on the team’s all-time list with 305 games played.  Won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (2009) and Los Angeles (2012).

Zach Sill:  Played parts of five seasons with WBS.  Ranks seventh on the team with 277 games played.

John Slaney:  Played parts of two seasons with WBS.  Recorded 110 points (42+68) in 89 games with the team.  Led the team with 60 points in just 49 games during 1999-2000.  Won Eddie Shore award as league’s top defenseman in 2000-01.  AHL All-Star with the Penguins.  Member of the AHL Hall of Fame.

Maxime Talbot:  Spent parts of three seasons with WBS.  Won Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, scoring the game-winning goal in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final.

Tim Wallace:  Spent parts of five seasons in WBS.  Third on the team’s all-time lists with 304 games played and 75 goals.  Ranks 10th on the team’s all-time points list with 137.

Ryan Whitney: Spent parts of four seasons with WBS.  Paced team blueliners with 41 points (6+35) in 2004-05.  Represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics.


The players will be featured on a set of 25th season trading cards.  Five different strips of cards, each featuring five of the players, will be given away at the following home contests:

Wednesday, January 17 vs. Providence

Wednesday, January 24 vs. Hartford

Wednesday, January 31 vs. Toronto

Wednesday, February 21 vs. Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, March 13 vs. Lehigh Valley


Season-ticket packages for the Penguins’ 25th season of hockey are on sale now.  22-game12-gameFlexbook and Premium Seating plans are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367. Individual-game tickets are also available by visiting Ticketmaster.com, the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or calling the Penguins’ front office at (570) 208-7367.

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