Pittsburgh Penguins - Greatest Sports Franchises

Pittsburgh was awarded an expansion team by the National Hockey League in time for the 1967-68 season, and christened their team the Penguins as a nod to their arena – affectionately referred to as the Igloo. It was a while before the team saw any real success; but in 1984, they had the first pick of the Entry Draft and chose Mario Lemieux. He became the franchise star, and later its savior when he came on as part-owner after the team’s near-bankruptcy. Other star players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-André Fleury have made this one impressive club. In this video, WatchMojo.com continues our series on the Greatest Sports Franchises of All Time with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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