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On this date in Penguins history: Paying tribute to the late ‘Badger’ Bob Johnson

The team held a tribute ceremony to the late coach before their game against the Devils on this date in 1991.

1991 Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins v Minnesota North Stars Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

On this date, 29 years ago, the Penguins held a touching and emotional tribute to the late coach who helped bring the first Stanley Cup win to the city of Pittsburgh in the 1990-91 season.

Before facing the New Jersey Devils at the Civic Arena on November 27, 1991, a 10-minute candlelight ceremony was held in honor of the late ‘Badger’ Bob Johnson.

In addition the pre-game ceremony, Johnson’s signature phrase ‘A great day for hockey’ would be painted on the ice at the Igloo.

Johnson had passed away in Colorado the prior day after a battle with brain cancer.

The Penguins would wear a commemorative patch on their shoulder as well.

(Credit: Pittsburgh Hockey)

After the touching tribute, the Penguins would go on to rout the Devils in an 8-4 victory.

The team would continue their run of success, going on to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions in the spring of 1992 with Scotty Bowman behind the bench.