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.
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.