The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They began play in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a 1967 expansion team.
Just Two days after the close of 2005/06 season, the team announced the contract for General Manager Craig Patrick would not be renewed. Patrick had been GM since December 1989, and the Penguins won five division titles and back-to-back Stanley Cups during his tenure.
On October 18, 2006, young Russian superstar Evgeni Malkin played and scored a goal in his first NHL game, and went on to set the modern NHL record with a goal in each of his first six games. Also contributing early to the 2006-07 season was Jordan Staal, the third of four Staal brothers in hockey, who was the Penguins' second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.