Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Oh what a day Sunday turned out to be. From beginning to end just one magical, momentous day and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it all.
|Jeff Millard and Eddie Johnston|
The event also welcomed some local sports celebrities from across the eras of Pittsburgh sports history. One of those celebrities was famed and well respected former Penguins Head Coach and General Manager, Eddie Johnston. A big golf fan and player in his spare time. He is a former goalie for the Boston Bruins and “mentor” to Bobby Orr. He was one of the last goalies in that time to start wearing a face mask but after taking a puck to the face (from Orr), he adopted the practice in 1965. He was also head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks before coming to Pittsburgh.
He is revered as the “Godfather” of the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise and was the GM that brought us Mario Lemieux in 1984 (from all of us, THANK YOU). He remained Head Coach until the end of the 1987-88 season. He would later return to Pittsburgh for a second had coaching stint (from 1993-1997). The team would go 153-98-25 during that time and lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals in 1996. For more history on Eddie Johnston, you can Google it.
MMC: “As I am sure you have heard, the Penguins instilled a new goal song this year. What do you think of ‘Party Hard?’
(For the record, yes, he does say the classic Pittsburgh-ese phrase, n’at, quite often).
|PI Staff writer, Medina with Eddie Johnston|