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Pittsburgh Penguins Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the NHL’s most storied franchises over the last couple of decades, particularly with leading goal scorer Mario “Super Mario” Lemieux and current star Sidney Crosby. Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr were a fearsome one-two punch in the ‘90’s and they lead this list of Pittsburgh’s all-time leading goal-scorers. Here is the top 5:
Mario Lemieux (690)—It’s hard to believe center Mario Lemieux is only 44 as I write this in 2009, but he is. Lemieux was not only the greatest Penguins player ever (for now), but he was one of the greatest players of all-time, at was at least the greatest one not named Gretzky. Lemieux leads the franchise all-time with 690 goals, and he played his entire career in Pittsburgh, from 1984 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2006 after sitting out a few seasons fighting cancer. Lemieux’s best season was 1988-89, with career highs in goals (85), assists (114) and total points (199). The 85 goals is fourth best for a single season in NHL history, and the 199 points fifth best.
Jaromir Jagr (439)—Right wing Jaromir Jagr played most of his career in Pittsburgh, from 1990 to 2001, and ranks second in Penguins’ history with 439 goals. Jagr had his best season in 1996-96, when he racked up career highs in goals (62), assists (87) and total points (149).
Jean Pronovost (316)—Right wing Jean Pronovost played for the Penguins from 1968 to 1978 and ranks third in team history with 316 goals while with the team. Pronovost had his best season in 1975-76, with career highs in goals (52), assists (52) and total points (104).
Rick Kehoe (312)—Rick Kehoe, another right-winger, played in Pittsburgh from 1974 to 1985, and ranks fourth in franchise history with 312 goals. His best season was 1981-82, when Kehoe had a career high 55 goals, with 33 assists to give him 88 points (also a career best).
Kevin Stevens (260)—Left wing Kevin Stevens had two tours of duty with the Penguins, from 1987 to 1995, and again from 2000 to 2002. Stevens ranks fourth in team history with 260 goals, and he had a career high of 55 goals in 1992-93. But Stevens’ best overall season was probably 1991-92, when he had 54 goals with career highs in assists (69) and total points (123).