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There have been 81 different numbers worn in Penguins franchise history. Let’s take a look at who wore them best.

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Last week, The Athletic ran a series of stories highlights the best players to wear their respective numbers across a variety of sports. A handful of current and former Penguins made the NHL list and sprung an idea here at Pensburgh to determine which players wore it best when they donned the famous skating penguin.

There have been 81 unique numbers worn in Penguins history, with many being easy selections (numbers with only one or two players; mostly higher numbers) while others (multiple players; lower numbers) required some debate and number crunching to determine a winner.

There were no hard set requirements for a player to make the list, just that the number had to be worn during a regular season NHL game. The list also takes into account a players time with the Penguins only.

One number (no spoilers) was only worn once by a backup goalie but was included in this list.

In the end, we were able to pick a top player for all worn numbers in Penguins franchise history with some jersey numbers getting honorable mentions as well.

For this exercise, we used the all-time uniform numbers database over at PittsburghHockey.net and all player statistics came from the ever reliable Hockey-Reference.com.

Now, let’s get to the list.

Note: ** indicates a player who was also selected for that number on The Athletic list.

1: Johan Hedberg

Hedberg’s time in Pittsburgh was short but very memorable. His play during the Penguins run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001 was legendary and his famous blue helmet will live on in Pittsburgh sports lore. The famous helmet was covered in moose from his time with the Manitoba Moose and it birthed the nickname that stuck with him the rest of his career.

Honorable Mention: Jim Rutherford, Denis Herron, Wendell Young, Peter Skudra, Brent Johnson

2: Matt Niskanen

Niskanen was the second part of the James Neal trade in 2011 and became a solid defender during his time with the Penguins. When the trade happened, all the headlines surrounded Neal, and rightfully so, but Niskanen put together a solid career in Pittsburgh. He recorded 46 points in 2013-14 that led to a big pay day from the Capitals.

Honorable Mention: Jim Paek, Hal Gill, Josef Melichar

3: Ron Stackhouse

Before coming to Pittsburgh, Stackhouse spent time with the California Golden Seals and the Detroit Red Wings. Once in Pittsburgh, Stackhouse’s career took off and he became one of the best defenseman in franchise history. His 343 points are good for third in franchise history among defensemen.

Honorable Mention: Olli Maatta, Alex Goligoski, Grant Jennings, Doug Bodger

4: Rob Scuderi

Just try and focus on his first stint with the Penguins when thinking about Scuderi here. “The Piece” as he was called here in Pittsburgh, was a crucial part of the Penguins blue line when they made consecutive trips to the Cup Final in 2008 and 2009. He is best remembered for his string of desperation saves in the dying minutes of Game 6 in 2009.

Honorable Mention: Justin Schultz, Kevin Hatcher, Dave Burrows

5: Ulf Samuelsson

Coming over from Hartford with Ron Francis, Ulf provided the Penguins with a brutal net front presence that helped them win two Stanley Cups. His infamous hit on Cam Neely changed the 1991 Wales Conference Final in the Penguins favor. Samuelsson scored the opening goal in Game 6 against the North Stars that turned out to be the Stanley Cup winning goal.

Honorable Mention: Mario Faubert, Deryk Engelland

6: Trevor Daley

Daley was one of the first pieces to come to Pittsburgh in a series of moves that eventually led the franchise to the Stanley Cup in 2016. He was the return piece in the now famous Rob Scuderi trade with the Blackhawks. During the Stanley Cup celebration in 2016, Daley was the first player to receive the Cup from Sidney Crosby.

Honorable Mention: Ben Lovejoy, Jim Johnson, John Marino

7: Joe Mullen

Many great players have worn the #7 in Pittsburgh, but none greater than Hall of Famer Joe Mullen. A two time Cup winner in Pittsburgh, Mullen played more seasons in the Steel City than anywhere else during his historic career.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Ference, Paul Martin, Mark Eaton, Matt Cullen

8: Mark Recchi

In two different stints, Recchi averaged almost a point per game during his time with the Penguins. He played a major role on the 1991 Cup team before being traded away the next season to help bring Rick Tocchet to Pittsburgh. Recchi returned to the Penguins after retiring from the game in a player development role and is now an assistant coach.

Honorable Mention: Brian Dumoulin

9: Pascal Dupuis

One of the biggest fan favorites in Penguins history, Dupuis was a secondary piece in the Marian Hossa trade in 2008 but became a permanent fixture in Pittsburgh. His career was cut short due to blood clots but he put the uniform on one last time to celebrate with his teammates when they won the Stanley Cup in 2016.

Honorable Mention: Andy Bathgate, Al McDonough

10: Ron Francis

Perhaps the greatest trade acquisition in Penguins history, Ran Francis was already an established superstar when he came over from the Whalers in 1991. All he did after that was help the Penguins win two Stanley Cups, a President’s Trophy, and become one of the most formidable teams of the 1990’s. Francis also won a Selke Trophy and two Lady Byng awards during his time in Pittsburgh.

Honorable Mention: Pierre Larouche, Dan Quinn, Gary Roberts, Mark Letestu

11: Jordan Staal

A second overall draft pick in 2006, Staal burst onto the scene his rookie year with 29 goals, including a league leading seven shorthanded tallies. Staal solidified himself as the No. 3 center, allowing the Penguins to run a three line gauntlet night in and night out. His shorthanded goal in Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final proved a pivotal turning point in the series.

Honorable Mention: John Cullen, Darius Kasparaitis,

12: Greg Malone

Many may argue it should be Ryan in this spot, but the elder Malone played more games, scored more points, and had a better points per game average over the course of his time in Pittsburgh.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Malone, Ken Schinkel, Bob Errey, Jarome Iginla, Ben Lovejoy

13: Nick Bonino

After years of searching, the Penguins found their Jordan Staal replacement in Nick Bonino. He anchored the famous ‘HBK’ line during the 2016 Cup run and scored the overtime winner to eliminate the Capitals that same year. Since leaving for Nashville in 2017, the Penguins have been in a perpetual search for their Nick Bonino replacement.

Honorable Mention: Bill Guerin, Brandon Tanev

14: Chris Kunitz

Kunitz arrived in Pittsburgh win one Stanley Cup already under his belt and left Pittsburgh with another three to his name. A key component of three Stanley Cup teams, Kunitz became a complete player in Pittsburgh, turning himself into a fixture alongside Sidney Crosby on the top line for years. His goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals stands as his greatest moment.

Honorable Mention: Doug Shedden, Wayne Bianchin, Stu Barnes

15: Randy Cunneyworth

The Penguins did not have much on-ice success during Cunneyworth’s four seasons in Pittsburgh, making the playoffs only one time, but you can’t blame that on Cunneyworth. He was one of their most consistent offensive players, posting a .74 points per game average during his time with the Penguins.

Honorable Mention: Shawn McEachern, Dmitri Mironov, Pat Boutette, Dustin Jeffrey

16: Mark Taylor

Over 30 players have worn the #16 for the Penguins but no one really stands out when it comes to picking the best of the best for the sweater. Mark Taylor played two seasons in Pittsburgh, recording 72 points in 106 games played. Here’s to hoping current #16 Jason Zucker can do enough to overtake the spot in the future.

Honorable Mention: Jay Caufield, Brandon Sutter, Erik Christensen, Eric Fehr

17: Rick Kehoe

When Kehoe retired in 1985, he did so as the Penguins all time scoring leader and still sits fifth all-time today. His 312 goals are good for sixth in franchise history and he’s one of nine players to ever score 50 goals in a Penguins uniform. Kehoe’s name is on the Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins organization in 1991 and 1992 and he served as head coach from 2001-2003.

Honorable Mention: Ron Schock, Tomas Sandstrom, Petr Sykora, Bryan Rust

18: Lowell MacDonald

One of the early stars in Penguins history, MacDonald missed almost the entirety of his first two seasons with the Penguins recovering from a serious knee injury, then missed almost the entirety of his final two season recovering from a shoulder injury. In between the two injury spells, MacDonald posted 290 in 296 games played. MacDonald was apart of the ‘Century Line’ along with Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps.

Honorable Mention: Marian Hossa, James Neal

19: Jean Pronovost

Pronovost was the first player in franchise history to record a 50-goal season, edging out fellow teammate Pierre Larouche by a few days. He was the second part of the famous ‘Century Line’ with Lowell MacDonald and Syl Apps, a trio that recorded 100+ goals and 200+ points four seasons in a row.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Trottier, Ryan Whitney

20: Robert Lang

Longevity gives Lang the edge over Hall of Famer Robitaille at this spot. Lang was a consistent performer during his time in Pittsburgh and played on some memorable teams in the late 90’s and early 00’s before the dark times arrived for the franchise.

Honorable Mention: Paul Gardner, Pete Mahovlich, Luc Robitaille**

21: Michel Briere

Briere had all the makings of a superstar when the Penguins drafted him in 1969 and his talent was on display his rookie season. He scored the first playoff overtime goal in Penguins history and helped the franchise win its first ever playoff series over the Oakland Seals. In May 1970, Briere was involved in a serious car accident and passed away 11 months later at the age of 21.

His #21 is one of two numbers retired by the Penguins.

22: Mike Bullard

This was very close between Bullard and Rick Tocchet, but Bullard’s longevity in Pittsburgh gives him the slight advantage here. Bullard is also one of nine guys to score 50 goals in a season while playing for the Penguins. Don’t fret over Tocchet, he gets his due later on down the list.

Honorable Mention: Rick Tocchet, Bob Kelly, Greg Polis, Paul Stanton,

23: Randy Hillier

Hillier served as a defensemen during some rather lean years for the Penguins franchise but his time with the Penguins paid off with a Stanley Cup title in 1991.

Honorable Mention: Eddie Shack, Scott Wilson

24: Matt Cooke

Say what you want about Cooke’s style of play, he was a key figure on the 2009 Cup team and played a crucial third line role alongside Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy.

Honorable Mention: Troy Loney, Ian Moran, Jean-Guy Lagace

25: Kevin Stevens

One of the great power forwards of all-time, Stevens was a force to be reckoned with on the ice. In the 1991 Wales Conference Finals, Stevens famously guaranteed the Penguins would rebound from a 2-0 series deficit and defeat the Bruins. Stevens backed up his own words, registering 10 points while the Penguins went on to win four straight games and advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Final.

Honorable Mention: Randy Carlyle, Max Talbot

26: Syl Apps

Apps is the third and final piece of the ‘Century Line’ to make our list. The son of a Hall of Famer by the same name, Apps spent seven full seasons in Pittsburgh, never playing less than 72 games. He nearly hit the 100 point mark in 1975-76, falling just a point shy.

Honorable Mention: Ruslan Fedotenko, Orest Kindrachuk, Steve Sullivan

27: Alex Kovalev

Prime Kovalev may have been one of the funnest players to watch in a Penguins uniform. Already an established star when he came over from the Rangers, Kovalev played at nearly a point per game pace during his time with the Penguins and helped them advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001.

Honorable Mention: Rod Schutt, Craig Adams, Mike Corrigan

28: Ian Cole

A solid blue liner with an outgoing personality, Cole became a key member of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup squads. He scored his one and only career playoff goal in Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks in 2016.

Honorable Mention: Gordie Roberts, Dawn Frawley, Michal Rozsival, Marcus Pettersson

29: Marc-Andre Fleury

It could only be Flower in this spot. As the first overall selection at the 2003 NHL Draft, Fleury became the first piece of this modern day Penguins dynasty and will be forever loved in Pittsburgh. Although his play was inconsistent at times throughout his tenure with the Penguins, Fleury holds the franchise record for wins and shutouts. His diving save on Nick Lidstrom preserved the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup victory and his play in 2017 was vital to the Penguins repeat title.

Honorable Mention: Phil Bourque, Markus Naslund, Jim Rutherford

30: Matt Murray

There is a time and place to debate the 2020 version of Matt Murray, but this is not that place. His achievements speak for themselves, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with two of the best postseason performances by a goaltender in Penguins history. There are times where Murray does leave much to be desired, but that does no override what he did to help the Penguins win consecutive Stanley Cups technically as a rookie.

Honorable Mention: Les Binkley, Gary Inness, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Paul Gardner

31: Ken Wregget

Wregget sits fourth on the Penguins all-time wins list for a goaltender with 104 and played the backup role for the 1992 Cup team. He came over from the Flyers with Rick Tocchet and remained with the team through the 1997-98 season. Wregget led the team in wins in 1994-95 and was the playoff starter that season as well.

Honorable Mention: Michel Plasse, Sebastien Caron

32: Dave Hannan

This spot almost went to Dick Tarnstrom for leading the Penguins in scoring that one year as a defensemen, but from a career perspective, Dave Hannan gets the honor. Sadly for Hannan, he only made the playoffs one time in his eight seasons with the team.

Honorable Mention: Dick Tarnstrom, Peter Taglianetti, Mark Streit

33: Zarley Zalapski

Maybe the best names in Penguins history and maybe one of the best names in hockey history. Zalapski was more than just a fun name to say, he was a very productive player during his three plus seasons with the Penguins before being sent away as part of the Ron Francis deal.

Honorable Mention: Alex Hicks, Marty McSorley, Ziggy Palffy

34: Tom Kuhnhackl

Kuhnhackl became the third German to ever win the Stanley Cup in 2016 then became the first German to ever win it twice the next season. He was a serviceable depth player during his time in Pittsburgh and was part of a string of young players the Penguins relied on during those Stanley Cup runs.

Honorable Mention: Andre St. Laurent, Scott Young

35: Tom Barrasso

Lots of goalie action here at #35 but it has to be the two time Stanley Cup champion Barrasso taking home the honors. Maybe with some continued improvement and strong play it can be Tristan Jarry in the top spot number someday.

Honorable Mention: Ty Conklin. Tristan Jarry, Warren Young

36: Jussi Jokinen

Jokinen did not spend much time in Pittsburgh, but he proved to be an effective player while here. Acquired in a trade with Carolina during the lockout shortened 2013 season, Jokinen became a vital role player on a team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals then followed it up the next season with 57 points in 81 games.

Honorable Mention: Jock Callander, J.J. Daigneault, Matthew Barnaby, Tom Kostopoulos,

37: Jeff Zatkoff

Mr. Game 1 himself takes home the top spot out of a crowded field at #37. Zatkoff was a solid backup for the Penguins during his time in black and gold but he will be best remembered for his Game 1 performance against the Rangers to open the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Honorable Mention: Jarkko Ruutu, Carter Rowney, Sam Lafferty, Kip Miller

38: Jan Hrdina

No relation between Jan and honorable mention Jiri here at #38. Jiri won the Cups but Jan put up the numbers as a member of the Penguins. They both had the opportunity to play alongside Mario and Jagr just at different times.

Honorable Mention: Jiri Hrdina

39: Mike Needham

Played more games and recorded more points wearing #39 than anyone else in Penguins history.

Honorable Mention: Chris Menard, Brad Thiessen

40: Frank Pietrangelo

Quite a few goalies have worn the #40 in Pittsburgh, but it’s Frank Pietrangelo who stands above the rest. He was apart of the 1991 Stanley Cup winning side and made perhaps the most important save in franchise history earlier in that playoff season.

Honorable Mention: Patrick Lalime, Alexander Pechurski

41: Robert Bortuzzo

This number is filled with a few recognizable names and it was hard to pin down exactly who should be placed here. Bortuzzo appeared in more games as #41 than anyone else in Penguins history. He became the main piece in a trade with the St. Louis Blues to acquire Ian Cole.

Honorable Mention: Daniel Sprong, Jocelyn Thibault

42: Dustin Jeffrey

This feels more like a career achievement award for Dustin Jeffrey to celebrate his time in Pittsburgh. He was a solid player and put in over 100 games played for the franchise, but most of his work was done in the #15. No one else who wore #42 can make a solid argument over Jeffrey for the nod here.

43: Conor Sheary

Along with guys like Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, and Tom Kuhnhackl, Sheary was one of the young guys the Penguins relied heavily on to win the Cup in 2016 and 2017. Sheary developed a little quicker than the others and became a staple on Sidney Crosby’s wing rather quickly. His overtime goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final may serve as his defining moment in a Penguins uniform.

Honorable Mention: Philippe Boucher

44: Brooks Orpik

Orpik arrived in Pittsburgh during the dark times but was ultimately rewarded with a Stanley Cup in 2009. His bone crunching sequence against the Red Wings in 2008 lives on in Penguins lore as does his 2013 overtime winner in Game 6 to eliminate the Islanders in the opening round of the playoffs.

Honorable Mention: Robbie Brown

45: Arron Asham

There was not a ton of competition at this slot, but Asham did create some memorable moments with the Penguins. Most notably, his fight with then Capitals forward Jay Beagle that he followed with a slight taunt after knocking Beagle out cold.

Honorable Mention: Josh Archibald

46: Zach Aston-Reese

Aston-Reese is just the latest in a long line of college signings making an impact for the Penguins. He has battled injuries during his career, including a concussion courtesy Tom Wilson in the 2018 playoffs. Based on what we have seen from Aston-Reese this season, he should be a valuable member of the Penguins for the foreseeable future.

Honorable Mention: Joe Vitale

47: Simon Despres

There was some frustration vented when Despres was dealt to Anaheim in exchange for Ben Lovejoy. Despres was still young and looked like a very important piece of the Penguins franchise moving forward. He was in the midst of a career season when he was traded away in 2015.

48: Tyler Kennedy

The third and final member of the famed third line from the 2009 Stanley Cup team. Kennedy is one of only three players to ever wear this number in Pittsburgh but he is head and shoulders above the rest. He scored twice in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final against the Red Wings and scored five total times in that playoff season altogether.

49: Brian Gibbons

Most recently worn by Dominik Simon for five games between 2015-2017, the #49 does not have an illustrious history in the Penguins franchise. It’s been worn for a grand total of 56 games, with 41 of those games belonging to Brian Gibbons.

50: Juuso Riikola

It was either Riikola or Martin Brochu in this spot and Riikola has already out performed his #50 predecessor in a Penguins uniform.

51: Dave Roche

If this list were based on potential, then Derrick Pouliot is the runaway winner. It’s not and his failure to meet expectations gives the spot to Dave Roche who contributed nine points during the Penguins playoff run in 1996.

Honorable Mention: Derrick Pouliot

52: Rusty Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and wore #52 the majority of the time. He’s the only player in franchise history to don the digits.

53: Teddy Blueger

Only player to ever wear #53 in Penguins history but he’s a worthy winner. Playing his first full season in the NHL, Blueger has been impactful as a fourth line center.

54: Alexandre Picard

He has played more games and scored more points in the #54 than Thomas Di Pauli.

55: Larry Murphy**

One of the premier defenseman of all-time, Murphy was the franchise leader in every major statistical category for blue liners until Kris Letang came along. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, Murphy is one of the greatest players to ever play in Pittsburgh.

Honorable Mention: Sergei Gonchar

56: Sergei Zubov**

It’s really hard to figure out exactly what the Penguins were thinking when they dealt Zubov to the Dallas Stars at the 1996 NHL Draft. Zubov was already an elite defenseman who was just two seasons removed from a 98 point campaign and a Stanley Cup championship with the Rangers. He put up 66 points in his single season with the Penguins and all he did after he left was win another Stanley Cup and put together a Hall of Fame career.

57: David Perron**

His short run as #39 with the Penguins was the only time in his career Perron did not wear #57. When the Penguins traded for Perron in 2015, his normal #57 was occupied by Marcel Goc so he settled for #39. He returned to the #57 when Goc was traded away a few weeks later.

Honorable Mention: Marcel Goc

58: Kris Letang**

Last year, we made the case for why the Penguins should retire the #58 once Kris Letang hangs up the skates. If Letang retires tomorrow, he will do so as the most prolific defenseman in Penguins history. Regardless of what his detractors say, Letang is one of the most important players in franchise history. His performance throughout the 2016 playoffs, capped off with a Stanley Cup winning goal, is the only case that needs to be made for his legend status in Pittsburgh sports.

59: Jake Guentzel

Not much competition in this slot but it doesn’t matter, Jake is the easy choice. Bursting onto the scene with a two-goal performance in his first NHL game, Guentzel has not stopped scoring since. He reached the 40-goal mark in 2018-19 and was on pace again this season before the injury. His playoff numbers are equally gaudy with 43 points in 41 to go along with a Stanley Cup.

60: Emil Larmi

A missing passport situation forced the Penguins into an emergency call up of Emil Larmi to serve as a backup on January 4, 2020 against the Canadiens. He never saw the ice but he goes down as the only player to ever wear #60 in Penguins history...so far.

61: Luca Caputi

Caputi was never able to breakthrough with the Penguins and was eventually used as a trade chip to acquire Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Maple Leafs in 2010.

62: Carl Hagelin**

Another Blueger type situation here with Hagelin, he’s the only one to wear the number but it doesn’t matter much. Hagelin was a key piece of the ‘HBK’ line that dominated in the Penguins 2016 Cup run and his speed caused all sorts of issues for defenders. Not the best hands in team history but he buried the empty netter to seal with 2017 Cup title against Nashville.

63: Tim Wallace

Only player to wear the number in franchise history. Played 24 career games with the Penguins.

65: Ron Hainsey

Hainsey’s time in Pittsburgh was brief but memorable. Brought over from Carolina in 2017 to help with defensive depth, Hainsey made the playoffs for the first time in his career with the Penguins and went all the way to win the Stanley Cup.

66: Mario Lemieux**

Simply the most important figure in Penguins franchise history. Both on and off the ice, Mario has delivered time and time again for the franchise and remains the greatest to ever play for the Penguins. He is the franchise leader in every major offensive category and will likely remain there for eternity. Injuries hampered him throughout his career and likely prevented him from taking a run at the all-time marks set by Gretzky.

It’s fitting he is the only to ever wear this number and it will forever remain that way as it hangs from the rafters at PPG Paints Arena.

67: Alex Goligoski

According to PittsburghHockey.net, Paul Bissonnette also wore #67 for the Penguins but Hockey-Reference.com disagrees and does not have the number listed on Bissonnette’s page. Therefore, Goligoski wins by default even though he only wore the number in three games during the 2007-08 season.

68: Jaromir Jagr **

A Penguins legend in his own right, Jagr was the second part of the superstar pair with Mario during their time together in black and gold. A two time Stanley Cup champion, he currently sits third all-time in Penguins scoring and will someday see his #68 hanging from the ceiling of PPG Paints Arena.

71: Evgeni Malkin**

Malkin is the first Russian to ever win the Conn Smythe after his performance during the 2009 Stanley Cup run. He secretly escaped Russia to come join the Penguins and the rest if history. With Crosby, they created a superstar tandem for the modern Penguins that rivals the one that came before them. Though he is not the only player in team history to wear the #71, when it goes to the rafters in the future, his name will be beside it.

72: Patric Hornqvist

The longest tenured #72 in Penguins history is also the most decorated. Acquired by the Penguins in exchange for James Neal, Hornqvist marked the beginning of a culture change in Pittsburgh under new general manager Jim Rutherford. The move paid off for both the Penguins and Hornqvist, with the latter scoring the Cup clinching goal in 2017.

73: Jack Johnson

His regular number (3) was occupied by Olli Maatta when he signed so he switched to 73 for 2018-19. Only player to wear the number with the Penguins.

74: Jay McKee

Played just one season in Pittsburgh and is the only player to don the digits.

75: Ryan Reaves

Played less than one season in Pittsburgh and is the only player to done the digits.

76: Richard Park

Park played parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh and he’s the only player to ever wear this number but he wore is more times in black and gold than any others he wore (26, 32, 12).

77: Paul Coffey

The interesting thing about these higher numbers, even though sometimes only worn by one player, the player who wore them was so great that he was the obvious choice even if other players had worn them. That’s the case here with Coffey who scored 332 points and won a Stanley Cup in four and a half seasons with the Penguins. Coffey added an additional 26 points in two playoff appearances in Pittsburgh.

81: Phil Kessel

Four seasons, 110 goals, and two Stanley Cups later, this is an easy win for Phil. Kessel never missed a game with the Penguins and he amassed a combined 45 points during the Cup runs in 2016 and 2017. Easily one of the best trade acquisitions in team history.

Honorable Mention: Miroslav Satan

82: Martin Straka**

Again, the only player to ever wear the number with the Penguins but he remains the choice even if there is other competition. Straka spent parts of 10 of his 15 NHL seasons in Pittsburgh and scored more clutch goals in the playoffs than about anyone else in franchise history. He posted a career high 95 points in the 2000-01 season.

85: Petr Klima**

Fun Fact: Klima scored in triple overtime of Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final while playing for the Edmonton Oilers. It remains the latest a goal has ever been scored in a Final game. His time in Pittsburgh only consisted of a nine game stint during the 1996-97 season.

87: Sidney Crosby**

If there is a second Penguins savior it’s Sidney Crosby without question. He is the best player of his generation and how captained the Penguins franchise to three Stanley Cups during his career. Concussions and neck issues disrupted a large portion of his prime, but he bounced back and continues to produce at the highest level. Though Crosby is on the ‘wrong side’ of 30, he has shown no signs of slowing down as he continues to build on his legacy, a legacy that will send the #87 to the rafters once he retires.

92: Rick Tocchet**

Tocchet switched between #22 and #92 throughout his career and wore both during his time in Pittsburgh. He was donning the #92 when he raised the Stanley Cup in 1992 after coming over from Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade. He of course rejoined the Penguins as an assistant coach and won two additional Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Honorable Mention: Tomas Vokoun

93: Petr Nedved

Nedved only spent two seasons in Pittsburgh but they were special. He posted a career high 45 goals and 99 points in 1995-96 and capped it all off with one of the more legendary playoff overtime goals in franchise history.

95: Aleksey Morozov

A first round pick that never quite lived up to the hype, Morzov spent all seven seasons of his NHL career in Pittsburgh. He set a career high in points during the 2003-04 season, his last in the NHL. Morozov signed with a Russian team during the lockout the next year and never returned to North America once the league resumed.